Elf on the Shelf – Book Club
As I mentioned in a previous post I am starting the tradition of “Elf on the Shelf” this year.
It’s more of an Americanised tradition than a British one, but as a Pinterest addict and seeing all the fab ideas on there that I just couldn’t resist starting it with the children.
Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas Tradition that helps Santa know whether to put the children on the Naughty or Nice list.
The tradition begins when Santa sends his scout elves out to Elf Adoption Centers. Waiting for their families to bring them home, these patient elves hibernate until their family reads The Elf on the Shelf book, gives their elf a very special name, and registers their adoption online. Once named, each scout elf will receive its Christmas magic and become a part of the family’s Christmas each and every year.
Excellent listeners and even better observers, these scout elves are the eyes and ears of Santa Claus. Although they cannot be touched, or else they may lose their magic, the elf will always listen and relay messages back to Santa. Taking in all the day-to-day activities around the house, no good deed goes unnoticed; these scout elves take their job seriously.
Each night, after the family goes to bed, the scout elf uses his magical Christmas powers to fly back to the North Pole. Once there, the elf will make his or her daily report to Santa and visit with elf friends where they will tell stories about their beloved families, play with the reindeer, and of course, sneak some of Mrs. Claus’ cookies!
Before the family awakes each morning, their special scout elf will fly back to their home from the North Pole. However, since these elves like to play games, don’t expect to find them in the same spot! While some like to hide in the freezer (probably because it reminds them of the North Pole) and others prefer to sit on the fireplace mantle or hang from the chandelier, these elves love to play hide-and-seek with their families.
On Christmas Eve, the scout elf will listen for Santa’s bell and then fly back to the North Pole until the next season, wishing every girl and each boy a Christmas of peace and a year full of joy.
The Elf on the Shelf tradition runs from Thanksgiving (the 4th Thursday in November) until Christmas Eve when the Elf returns back to the North Pole.
I really can’t wait to start this tradition with the children. It seems like such a fun, but not only that, I hope it will encourage the children to be good and helpful so that the Elf can report back to Santa that they should be on the Nice list. After all, who wants a lump of coal for Christmas?
I will be logging all about our Elf and his antics throughout the holidays, so don’t forget to check back and see what he gets up to!