Thursday, 10 November 2011

Elf on The Shelf


On Instagram, i have been noticing these little elves popping up all over the place, one of my favorite people to follow Becky Farley from the USA who also has an awesome blog has her little elf pop up all over the place, i really look forward to see where he is each day, he also has a few buddies lol

Now being from the UK i have never heard of this Christmas tradition, so thought i would look it up.

OK bit of background

The Plot

Every day from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, each family's scout elf watches over the children and then at night, once everyone goes to bed, the elf flies back to the North Pole to report back to Santa about what activities, good and bad, took 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 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.

 However, the magic might go if 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 aren't supposed to touch their scout elf, they can talk to it and tell it all their Christmas wishes so it can report back to Santa accurately.

Now i know this might seem a bit scary for a child to some people , and i also realise that alot of families don't like the talk of "Being good or Bad" and it being connected to Christmas. but i really do think this could be adapted for light hearted fun.

I know that my children would find it fun and exciting to find the elf every morning, and you could even make it apart of your advent calender routine, where the children find him, and they get their treat or activity to do with Christmas for the day.

Just out of interest have any of you UK readers heard of this? and those of you in the USA do you do elf on the shelf as a Christmas tradition?

If you want more info head over to elf on the shelf

I am going to see if i can make our own little elf,  out of crochet or maybe even knitted! :)

7 comments:

  1. Funny thing is, we have that exact ornament elf to hang on the tree, but I never knew the tradition behind it. It would be fun to start up.

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  2. I'm doing it next year - I did think about doing it this year, a few weeks back now when they were still in stock everywhere lol. Decided that they would both enjoy it much more next year, and it gives me more time to figure out what exactly I want of the elf - will he be mischievous and we forget the good or bad part of the story, will he just sit on a shelf and judge, will he be part of an advent routine or evening story... Neither of mine would totally understand it this year, and I think would find it hard to understand the concept (the elf is not to play with), but I can't wait for next year!

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  3. I what a lovely idea. I have a lovely crochet pattern for a little elf and may make it up for next year, my daughter would live this. I have never heard of this tradition before and I have family in USA!

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  4. It's brilliant - I've seen these but didn't know what they were!

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  5. It's fantastic. I have never heard of it before but it is something I am going to start with my son this year. just need to make an elf now :-)

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  6. never heard of this before but I know my boys would love to have to search it out each morning It would be a great game for them

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  7. Tasha the Canadian Elf17 December 2012 at 18:31

    The tradition has evolved a little bit now. The elves get up to all sorts of mischief every night now. The children wake up to find thier elves doing naughty things every morning (making snow angels in flour, building sugar cube igloos, drawing mustaches on all the photos on the wall) Google elf on the shelf mischief for some fun ideas.

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