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Elf on The Shelf



Most of us know the line from the song Santa Claus is Coming to Town: “He’s making a list and checking it twice, he’s going to find out whose naughty or nice, Santa Claus is coming to town…”

Growing up, we didn’t have ‘Elf on the Shelf’ to watch over us. But I did have a wonderful grandmother with eyes in the back of her head. Come to find out, she also had a direct line to the North Pole. Nana didn’t pull any punches; she called it like she saw it. (i.e. a lump of coal in my stocking one year.) I’m sure I deserved it, but after that little coal incident, I really watched my P’s and Q’s from then on.

But nowadays Santa sends his “Elf on the Shelf” helpers to visit the children of the world. So where did this popular elf come from? In 2005 Carol Tebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell wrote this popular children’s book over a cup of tea. Now why didn’t I think of something like that?

‘The Nana on the shelf’, It has a nice ring.

The story of the Elf describes how Santa sends his “scout elves” to people’s homes to watch over the children’s behavior in the days leading up to Christmas.

The book explains the elves get magic powers when they are given a name by your child. This special Christmas magic, allows them to fly back and forth to the North Pole after everyone has gone to bed.

The scout elf reports their child’s daily activities and behavior, the good and bad to Santa. Before the family wakes up each morning, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides somewhere in the house. Some of the elf’s hiding places are very creative and a little mischievous. According to the book, there’s only one rule that you have to follow, “Please do not touch me, my magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know.” You can’t touch the elf, but, you can talk with them and they can relay messages to Santa Claus directly. 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.

We know the Christmas season can be very exciting but also a very stressful time for children. Our family uses the elf to encourage good behavior rather than the opposite and adding more anxiety.

We never know where this little elf will turn up every morning, but we can report for sure he is a clever little fellow, some days, bordering on legionary.

We hope you have time this Christmas season to make some happy memories and start a new fun family tradition.

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…Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You … Matthew 7:12