Tuesday, December 1, 2015

So what's up with this little elf thing?

Okay, so I'm guilty. I got an Elf on the Shelf. Not only does it give me an excuse to bring out my little kid side but it's actually fun to see everyone's reactions to where the elf shows up. Today was the first morning of December so our elf, Oliver, was found in the fake snow in my Christmas village making a snow angel. Oh goodness. I love the concept of the Elf on the Shelf and will definitely be doing it for my children whenever they get old enough. Might as well stock up on my elf now right?

Anyway, a bunch of people (including The Farmer) had no clue what was up with the elf on the shelf. So, I tried to explain...

Which was mainly some babbling and stumbling around words. So, I researched it and this is what I got.


The story describes how Santa's "scout elves" hide in people's homes to watch over events. Once everyone goes to bed, the scout elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa the activities, good and bad, that have taken place throughout the day. Before the
family wakes up each morning, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides. By hiding in a new spot each morning around the house, the scout elf and the family play an on-going game of hide and seek.
The Elf on the Shelf explains that scout elves get their magic by being named. In the back of each book, families have an opportunity to write their elf's name and the date that they adopted it. Once the elf is named, the scout elf receives its special Christmas magic, which allows it to fly to and from the North Pole.
The book tells how the magic might disappear if the scout elf is touched, so the rule for The Elf on the Shelf states, "There's only one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won't hear all I've seen or I know." Although families are told not to touch their scout elf, they can talk to it and tell it all their Christmas wishes so that it can report back to Santa accurately.
The story ends on Christmas Day with the elf leaving to stay with Santa for the rest of the year until the following Christmas season.

and there you have it, the story of the Elf on the Shelf. So, what's your thoughts? Do you have an Elf staying in your home? What's their name? 

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