The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole
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- A timeless Christmas classic the whole family can enjoy
- #1 national bestseller with over 2.5 million copies sold
- Touted as "the best thing since The Night before Christmas"
- A Scout Elf skirt is available, sold separately
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The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children's book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. The elf watches the children's behavior and reports it back to Santa each night. By morning the elf returns to its assigned home and hides in a different location, allowing the children to play a delightful hide-and-seek game. Each product comes with its very own elf doll enabling others to begin this fun-filled Christmas tradition themselves. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition includes an exquisite 10" x 10" hardbound children's book--illustrated by award winning artist Coe Steinwart, a vintage-like pixie elf doll that sits approximately 8" tall, and a certificate commemorating the adoption of the elf by a family, teacher, or other group. Additionally, this unique gift includes a festive keepsake box for convenient storage. The purchase of The Elf on the Shelf allows you to give more than a gift. Instead, you are giving a priceless treasure...the creation of lasting memories.
Top Customer Reviews
This is my second elf for my second child, more so I can give them each their elf when their adults for their family traditions.
My oldest loves this elf because he makes messes, sends and receives mail from other elves, leaves treats, and plays tricks. It's just silly fun!
A couple times a week we read the cute story that comes with it to remind our sons the reason he's here and the other nights we read real reason for the season stories.
Yes, I spend about 20 minutes a day every other day or so making the elf do the silly things but I laugh hysterically the entire and my child thinks it's magically so I've had 2 of the best Christmas's ever so far...
IDK what's going on with my 4 1/2 year old. She's a ginger and has a good heart, but she is so pig headed stubborn and defiant I introduce her as, "my karmic debt". I heard about this magic Elf, and watched more and more families on Facebook post about it year over year. This year, OMG - I'd had enough. I was desperate for SOME kind of leverage, because the 'ole lump of coal threat didn't mean much. She doesn't know what coal is. :| So great, let's do it. I did all the research, watched a bunch of videos, and low and behold - every parent had the same review..."...it changed our lives..." "...can't live without the Elf..." etc, etc, etc. Oh, and I was a little late but not bad - this was the first week of December. We crafted this story about the weather "up north" delayed our Elf but apparently Santa felt that she was old enough and ready for her Elf. Good gracious, I was nervous!
First, as soon as I ordered it; we started watching YouTube (b/c this generation doesn't comprehend life unless they see it on YouTube first). The most amazing thing happened, we found the dumbest video ever - with a bagillion hits called, "Proof that Elf on the Shelf Exists". Apparently, a bagillion other kids were looking for the same affirmation. This goofy little video sealed the deal - the Elf was real and he even used to toilet! "When does OUR Elf get here?!?!" I could see her melting at the opportunity to be good....this could actually work. No notes home from school? no incident reports? YES - a happy future! A break from the chaos!
The Elf arrived and I couldn't wait. Let the games begin.
We read the book; every day. We moved the Elf, and I did NOT make our Elf mischevious - NO SIR, no one that she could relate to! Absolutely not, our Elf (a female Elf named Heartly) was a SNITCH. That was her purpose in LIFE. I was convinced that my girl wouldn't be able to make it, that she would loose the belief, touch the Elf, something wasn't going to work. And then, one day - the notes stopped from school. She started cleaning her room (what?!?! Like, ALONE?!) It's true. It was working. And I knew it was going to work when she asked me one day if she, "...could have a stuffed Elf that she could touch and sleep with". !!!! YES!! YES YOU CAN!! My BFF got her one from Target, and that curved the separation anxiety that was headed our way Christmas Eve as well. I am a true believer in the Elf, if you've been holding out - take it from me! The Elf literally changed our lives - held my ginger accountable for her actions. Bravo good lady, bravo!
HOW IT WORKS:
The kit comes with an elf doll and a book. The book explains that Santa has sent an elf to watch over the children and the elf reports back to Santa each night. The kids get to decide the name for the elf together - this is a touch decision! You read through the book with your child, it explains all the rules, then each night you move the elf to a new spot. One of the rules is that the children cannot touch him - this is a great rule because although he's a sturdy doll, I think he might get loved out much too quickly if they were allowed! The author was so thoughtful to think of all these helpful rules.
* The children cannot touch the elf or he will lose his magic
* The elf can listen to what the children tell him, but cannot talk back, that's Santa's law.
* The elf flies back to the North Pole each night and tells Santa what he has seen - when he comes back he goes to a new spot in the house.
The kids start searching for the elf immediately when they wake up! Knowing Santa is watching has definitely motivated them to be a behave a bit better! This cute little tradition makes the Christmas season more fun. It's a very special tradition in our house. I love that the book has an old fashioned feel to it, the illustrations are wonderful.
* Your children will ask you every night from Halloween to Thankgiving when the elf is coming back!
* You have to remember to move the elf every night! Sometimes this is a bit of a challenge for us. :) However, our elf does sometimes just get comfy in the spot he's in, so he must have decided to come back to the same spot.
Every night, he left our location to quickly relay info the Santa and the Claus Intelligence Agency. Each morning, much to the surprise of our daughter, he would be found somewhere conversing with her toys (and closest confidants) or, most commonly, creating a little mischief. I personally believe this was a way of testing our daughter to see which side of the list she would be on. Luckily, our daughter seemed to have passed these tests with flying colors, because it appears that George called in for air cover on Christmas Eve, judging by the gifts that Santa brought.
Overall, we were a little worried that our daughter was not quite ready for her very own operative, but we were pleasantly surprised at how much she talked about George. We'll welcome George back into our home next year, but I'm going to need to have a little conversation with him about the toothpaste on the bathroom mirror...