I didn’t for a long time. I just started last year, when my boys were 16 and 13!
What is Elf on the Shelf?
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 children’s picture book, written and self-published by American author Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. The book tells a Christmas-themed story, written in rhyme, that explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and who is nice and describes “scout elves” visiting children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, after which they return to the North Pole until the next holiday season. The Elf on the Shelf comes in a keepsake box that features a hardbound picture book and a small soft toy in the form of a pixie scout elf.
The story describes how Santa’s “scout elves” hide in people’s homes to watch over events. Once everyone goes to bed, the scout elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa the activities, good and bad, that have taken place throughout the day. Before the family wakes up each morning, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides. By hiding in a new spot each morning around the house, the scout elf and the family play an on-going game of hide and seek.
The Elf on the Shelf explains that scout elves get their magic by being named. In the back of each book, families have an opportunity to write their elf’s name and the date that they adopted it. Once the elf is named, the scout elf receives its special Christmas magic, which allows it to fly to and from the North Pole.
The book tells how the magic might disappear if the scout elf is touched, so the rule for The Elf on the Shelf states, “There’s only one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know.” Although families are told not to touch their scout elf, they can talk to it and tell it all their Christmas wishes so that it can report back to Santa accurately.
The story ends on Christmas Day with the elf leaving to stay with Santa for the rest of the year until the following Christmas season.
I was of the school that the whole Elf thing was just creepy.
Then there was the whole debate over whether or not you should use the Elf watching your kids and reporting to Santa as a discipline tool (I myself am not opposed to parenting with bribes and blackmail)…
Then there is the pressure to remember to move the silly thing every night…
And not all of your friends are going to enjoy daily posts about your adorable Elf, right after 30 Days of Thankfulness…
I resisted this stupid elf for 9 years. Why did I give in?
I saw some hilarious pictures of what people were doing with their elves. Then I saw the elves on sale, and decided to give in. My kids are old enough to not be totally traumatized. While I did have some somewhat normal days…
I also had a lot of fun…
This year I made a printable to help me organize the month of December so that I can be prepared!
Are you doing Elf on the Shelf this year??
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