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Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition that has gained rapid popularity this Christmas season.  So what is the Elf on the Shelf?  Why is it soo popular?

Elf on the Shelf

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The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, is a children’s book writen by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coë Steinwart.

The premise of the story is that the Elf is sent by Santa Claus to watch over little boys and girls.  He appears the day after Thanksgiving and departs on Christmas Eve.  At night, while the children are asleep, he reports back to Santa at the North Pole.  He then returns to their home by morning to watch over them again.  When he returns, he is never in the same spot- leaving the family to try to find him each day.  He can never be touched by the family or he will lose all of this Christmas magic.  the story encourages children to behave around the holidays.

The Elf on the Shelf has rapidly picked up popularity this Christmas.  If you visit the Elf on the Shelf website, you can purchase your very own elf!  Not to mention plenty of elf accessories and novelties.

The most fun part of the Elf on the Shelf tradition is where the family tends to find the elf the next morning.  He tends to get in quite a lot of mischief at night!  A friend of mine had her elf get into her son’s stickers one night- he unfortunately did not find it funny!

Elf Mischief

Photo courtesy of Desiree Ybarra.

The Elf on the Shelf is all over social media this season causing mischief in people’s homes.  Do you have an Elf on the Shelf to watch over your kids during the holiday season?  Has he gotten into any great mischief?

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