The Making Of A Tradition
Carol Aebersold is the co-author behind the book The Elf on the Shelf: AChristmas Tradition. As a young girl herself, Carol was introduced to ‘The Elf’ in response to an age-old question: How does Santa really know who’s naughty and who’s nice? Elf was a gentle reminder that he was watching over you and would deliver a report on your behavior to Santa.
What is The Elf on the Shelf?
Elf is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa with his Naughty and Nice lists. Once a family adopts an elf and gives him|her a name, by way of Christmas magic they’re able to fly to the North Pole each night to report to Santa.
Every child must know these two ‘simple’ rules about having an Elf.
What does the Elf DO?
|The Elf in the wreath, snuggling a teddy bear|
Once everyone has gone to bed and Elf has returned home from his nightly journey to The North Pole, he has free run of the house until morning. He explores different rooms in the house and makes his own fun.
Unofficially, a scout elf who works closely with Santa and reports Naughty children should be THE example of Nice. But, for better or worse there aren’t any official rules about what he can and can’t do.
Why Elf on the Shelf?
The Elf on the Shelf has one enduring goal: to bring children and the grownups who love them together, amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, to share in the simple joys of Christmas magic.
This year is our first year with The Elf on the Shelf. Our 4-year-old “Leap” named him Snow Angel! Admittedly, as well-behaved as he’s been I’m still getting used to the idea of having a house guest for the whole month of December!
What did you name your elf?
Will your elf return to visit next year?!