Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Elf On The Shelf : A Christmas Tradition

I've been seeing so many posts about the Elf on the Shelf but I never really knew much about the tradition until I researched it. I knew that it was sort of new, and that it was getting extremely popular (because you can't go to Target without seeing multiple displays) so I decided to investigate.

I found out that it's a children's picture book that was written and self-published by author Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coe Steinwart. The book is a Christmas-themed story written in rhyme, that explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and who is nice and describes elves visiting Children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. It comes in a keepsake box with the book and a small soft stuffed elf in which you can name yourself. 

"Each box contains a special elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family member adopts a scout elf and gives it a name, the scout elf receives it's Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day's adventures. Each morning, the scout elf returns to it's family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning."

The elf serves as a spy for Santa to watch over the children. It gives them good incentive to be good until Santa arrives and makes it fun every day up until Christmas. 

Sometimes the children talk to the elf because they know he returns to the North Pole each night. It also makes it really fun for parents putting the elf in different places around the house and setting up scenarios for the scout elf to get into. There are so many clever and creative ideas that people are coming up with each year.

Here are some super cute placement ideas for your The Elf On The Shelf :

Do you participate with the elf on the shelf Christmas tradition? I'd love to know which cute places you hide your elf and what you've named yours. There are some really cute ideas out there.

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