Every year on the run up to Christmas it’s guaranteed that you’ll see a ‘Elf on the Shelf’ picture prop up on your social media pages.
But have you ever thought of giving it a go yourself? You don’t need to post it on social media (or you can – up to you!) but it’s a great way to get the kids excited for Christmas!
So, what is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf is a toy that is sent by Santa to keep an eye on everyone and to make sure they are behaving on the run up to Christmas.
Parents move the elf every night when the kids go to sleep so they believe that the toy has gone back to Santa to tell him if they are behaving or not. The kids then get excited when they wake up each morning to find where the elf will reappear that day.
The idea originated in 2004 by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bel who wrote a book of an old tradition of an elf sent from Santa to watch over people in the run up to Christmas. The book found fame in the US but quickly became a viral tradition here in the UK to!
Where can I buy one from?
Good news, there are a selection of places where you can buy the elf from and all at a variety of prices depending on your budget. You can even adopt one from the official website where you will get an adoption certificate, letter from Santa and weekly ideas.
I need ideas!
This is definitely the time of year to get your creative hat on. There are many weird and wonderful ways on which you can present your elf! But if you’re struggling for those last few, here are a few tips!
Why not make it 2020 themed and make a little mask for the elf? Or you could place him in a jar so it looks like he is social distancing.
Use your kid’s toys for inspiration. Place him in the window of a dollhouse, or have him playing a game with another toy.
Food is another great accessory for the elf. You can draw on items such as bananas or eggs or he can make a big mess with the cereal etc.
You can find more ideas here and here. We hope you and your kids enjoy the Elf on the Shelf Christmas festivities!