Elf on the Shelf is a popular Christmas tradition that began with the publication of a book titled “The Elf on the Shelf” by Carol Aebersold in 2005. The tradition involves a naughty little elf, known as the Scout Elf, who arrives at a household usually on December 1st (although some families choose to have the elf arrive the day after Thanksgiving).
The Scout Elf serves as Santa’s eyes and ears, observing the behavior of the children and reporting back to the North Pole each night. The elf is believed to have magical powers and moves to a new spot in the house every morning, waiting for the children to find him.
The Elf on the Shelf tradition has gained popularity over the years, with families embracing the whimsical and interactive nature of the tradition. It adds an element of excitement and anticipation to the holiday season as children wake up each morning to search for the elf and see where he has moved.
If you’re new to the Elf on the Shelf tradition, you can purchase your kit, which typically includes a Scout Elf and the accompanying book. Once you have your elf, you can name it and personalize the experience for your family. Printable resources are available, such as a list of 80 Elf Names and a certificate, to help you get started and make the tradition even more enjoyable for your children.