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Elf visitors have become a key component of many households’ advent festivities. Learn the origin of the Elf-on-the-Shelf tradition, and discover our three top tips for a successful elf adventure with your family.
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Where Did The Elf On The Shelf Come From?
It was in 2005 that mother and daughter duo Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, from Georgia USA, launched their The Elf On The Shelf poem-and-elf boxed combo, based on their own family tradition. Since then, elves have been welcomed into homes across the world each December.
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The Elf Story
If you’re not familiar with The Elf On The Shelf tradition, let’s get you up to speed:
genius or insanity?
Should I Start The Elf Tradition?
The Elf-on-the-Shelf is generally agreed to be in large part ingenius, whilst simultaneously a parent’s worse nightmare!
Children universally adore searching for their elf each December morning. And, for us grown-ups, it’s a great opportunity to get up to all sorts of magical night-time elfish mischief without anyone questioning our parenting skills!
Younger children are typically very mindful of the extra eyes on their behaviour in the house, making the Elf on the Shelf a useful parental aid as well. (We’ll leave aside those that question the appropriateness of encouraging spying and tattle-telling!)
However, the pressure to not only remember to reposition the elf each night, but also to be creative in location and activity, can feel like quite a chore at an already busy time of year.
Conclusion: In our opinion, elf visitors are a wonderful annual tradition and we highly recommend them. It’s absolutely the stuff of fabulous childhood Christmas memories. We do, however, advise thinking twice before welcoming an elf into your home, to ensure you’re definitely up for the challenge! That being said, we’ve got tools and tips aplenty to make it as easy and fun as possible for the whole family …
embracing the elf!
3 Top Tips For A Successful Elf Adventure
Here are our three top tips for a successful and magical elf adventure with your family. Follow these and you are guaranteed a December to remember!
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1. Elf Selection!
Will you have one elf for the household, or an elf per child? Will your elf be a boy or a girl? Are you going to follow the Elf on the Shelf story to the letter, or adapt the rules for your family?
Of course, as with all things popular, there are a whole host of copycat elves available for sale too. Don’t forget to check your local independent stores for some gorgeous handmade elf alternatives as well.
Zero-Cost Elf Alternative
And, if you’d like to avoid the expense altogether, Santa could always grant one of your little one’s existing toy collection magical powers in December so that they can take on the elf role.
2. Get Yourself An Elf Planner
Reduce last minute stress by thinking in advance where your elf will move to each night, and record it in an Elf Planner.
You could even make a small shopping list of the equipment you’ll need.
Then, each evening, you can simply follow your ready-made instructions with no requirement to be creative when you’re exhausted and just want to get to bed!
We’ve created two FREE printable Jolly Festive Elf-on-the-Shelf Planners, just for you. Get a blank template to complete or sign up to our newsletter for access to the full elf diary, guaranteed to give you have a stress-free elfie December!
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3. Set A Daily Alarm!
There is nothing worse than waking up to tears because Elfie didn’t move during the night. So, get yourself a nightly reminder organised to get that elf repositioned. Then you can rest easy knowing that you won’t have any 4am nightmare sweats.
If you do manage to forget one evening, don’t panic! We’ve got a fabulously simple yet effective solution that will clear your conscience and keep the illusion alive.
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