Elf on a Shelf is something which I’ve been noticing on Pinterest. This is its proposition:
The Elf on the Shelf® is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures, but mainly, whether the child has been naughty or nice. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their elf each morning. There are two simple rules that every child knows when it comes to having an elf. First, an elf cannot be touched; Christmas magic is very fragile and if an elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole. Second, an elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! An elf’s job is to watch and listen.Elves typically appear in their families’ homes at the beginning of the holiday season (around Thanksgiving in the U.S.). On Christmas Eve, the elves return to the North Pole with Santa Claus–until next year! But you have to watch out, those Elves are very sneaky and get up to all sorts of mischief in the night…
My daughter is well across the Elf on a Shelf notion, this whole thing started because she spied them whilst I was scrolling Pinterest. People have thought of some novel ways for their children to “find” their Elf in the morning. You can buy boy or girl ones, Asian or Indian versions, which I think is quite charming.
This afternoon we got home and I’d put the Elf (freshly delivered to my work from BookDepository.co.uk) in her bed. We got off to a shaky start; she said “oh look mummy you bought a toy one” Damn. She’s too smart for me. I quickly retaliated with “oh its not a toy, remember, it comes to life at night and goes back to the North Pole” which she totally bought.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting what the Elf has been up to in the night and how my daughter will find him in the morning. My daughters last words tonight before falling asleep were “you better lock your door tonight mummy, otherwise that sneaky Elf is going to get in a shave daddys head” Will do!