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The Elf on the Shelf Christmas Tradition

Updated on November 27, 2009

Tell Santa You Need an Elf on the Shelf This Christmas!

The Elf on the Shelf Fun Begins After Thanksgiving

The Elf on the Shelf is such a fun, ingeniuous idea. I wish it was around at Christmas when my kids were little. But an Elf on the Shelf will surely show up on a shelf somewhere in my house when grandkids arrive! This is one of the best Christmas traditions I have ever seen.

The Elf on the Shelf works like this. An elf arrives at your home, usually the day after Thanksgiving. He needs a name, which is up to the members of the household.

He finds a comfy place in the house. The job of an elf on the shelf is to monitor kids in the house. Then, every night the elf returns to the North Pole to report to Santa Claus on the children's activities. He helps Santa decide whether kids should be on the Good or Bad list.

Elves being mischievous creatures like they are, sometimes odd things may happen. Almost always the elf forgets where he is supposed to be staying. The kids never know where he may show up the next morning.

Some elves are so ornery that the car may be parked somewhere else, usually not very well. Elves, after all, have a difficult time seeing over the steering wheel. They are more comfortable steering reindeer.

Cameras may be found with all kinds of photos of the elves doing who knows what! Elves just love to take photos of themselves. (And sometimes they sneak and take funny pictures of people while they are asleep.)

An elf may get hungry after his trip to the North Pole. Who knows what Christmas treats may disappear overnight?

Some of Santa's elves are pretty tech savvy. Many have Twitter accounts or Facebook pages. They may want to be friends with the kids in the house so they can send them updates. Sometimes they send updates to Santa, too.

Who knows what your elf on a shelf may get up to this Christmas?

The Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Suggestions

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      7 years ago

      I iove my elf but she is not moving all the time she is staing in one place every day

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      dalton wolf 

      7 years ago

      I have an elf on the shelf and this morning on 12 \13 \11 morning the elf was under the christmas tree in the living room and noone was in the living room and when I went into the living room and he was on my mom's desk.

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      9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      What a good idea! our kids are grown - but maybe they will see an elf sitting on Pat (or Tricia's) shoulder when they phone us on Skype with the webcam....


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