What is Elf on the Shelf?

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elf on the shelf in the book

What is Elf on the Shelf?

With Christmas fast approaching I see the buzz about the Elves making their appearance at little girls and boys houses and I’m sure you have too!

So…. what is Elf on the Shelf? This is a fun tradition to start with your little ones!

When you adopt (purchase) a special elf and name him or her, they receive Christmas magic!  As soon as everyone is sleeping,  your elf reports back to Santa whether you’ve been a good boy or girl that day (don’t worry, the Elf comes with a book to explain his story and his mission to you the kids).

The elf is moved around to different hiding spots each night so when the kids awake it becomes a hide and seek game.  Be careful… elves have been know to be a bit mischievous…  and can be found in the morning doing some pretty silly things!

So basically in a nutshell, when the kiddos go to bed, parents move the elf into an often trouble making situation (think…  bathing in marshmallows or fishing for gold fish crackers in the toilet).  When the kids get up, they love looking for the elf and seeing what he/she has been up to during the night.  It’s a fun activity for the kids to get them excited for the holidays and a good way to remind them to behave. :)

Where to get an Elf on the Shelf…

If you don’t have an Elf on the Shelf and you’d love to start this tradition with your own family, you can get one on Amazon!  Last year they were sold out at most stores around me and I had a really hard time finding one!

The Elf on the Shelf – Girl
The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed Boy

Our little guy has been named Garrick by my kids… and they love getting up to find him every day!!  I will be posting more photos of Garrick as he keeps a close on our family!!  (I’d love to see your elves too so be sure to send your photos if you’d like to share!)


There you go.. no more wondering “What is an Elf on the Shelf anyhow?”…  now to start scheming some mischievous tasks for your guy (or gal)!

elf on the shelf with a book

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