The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children's book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game.
Each Tradition-in-a-Box comes with its very own scout elf, a hardbound children's book and a keepsake box for easy storage.
This Elf on the Shelf has a light skin tone.
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1. Apparently, Elves are very good at self portraits. Many families have found their digital cameras full of pictures of their Elves in all kinds of crazy poses.
2. If an Elf cannot be found in the morning, the car is the first place to look. Elves are often found in the driver's seat, sitting on a stack of pillows or books. The car may be parked backwards or in a crazy position, and in some cases even down the street or in a neighbor's driveway.
3. Elves and children often learn more about each other and build bonds by writing letters back and forth. Some Elves arrive with a festively decorated journal to keep all the correspondence in one place. It has been rumored that some Elves only write backwards, so children must hold the note up to the mirror to read it. A few are conversant in Pig Latin or other codes that older kids must decipher.
4. Bathroom humor spans all languages and species. Elves love to turn the toilet water green (with food coloring), decorate Christmas trees in underwear, toilet paper kids rooms or whole houses, and write on bathroom mirrors with mom's lipstick.
5. Each Elf has a name. Some are named by the children they watch. Others arrive with a note introducing the Elf. Either way, all Elves seem to love to leave their signature as often as possible. Maybe the Elf's name is written in Cheerios, flour, or chocolate syrup on the counter. Other times in toothpaste on the bathroom mirror. Best of all, in food coloring on freshly fallen snow.
6. Everyone likes a good Christmas movie, and Elves are no exception. They have been founding relaxing on the sofa with the remote and popcorn all over.
7. Cotton ball snowball fights are a favorite past time of elves. Also, Elves often make elf sized snow angels. If real snow is not available, then Insta-Snow or flour make good substitutes.
8. Many elves have been caught having tea parties or playing games of Uno with favorite dolls and stuffed animals. Often these games take place on bookcases or under beds.
9. Some Elves have been known to make a fishing rod out of a straw, a rubber band, and a paper clip. They might be found sitting on an upside down bowl, fishing for your pet goldfish!
10. Even Elves need a slow night sometimes... Elves have been found coloring in activity books, leaving room for children to complete the picture of course.
11. Watch out for your toy cars! Elves sometimes build race tracks out of canned foods and race cars around the tree.
12. Elves like to play in hung stockings... often found upside down with their feet sticking out! Some have even been seen hanging in a chimney.
13. Sometimes helps are not as helpful as they appear... when trying to wrap gifts they can get tangled in ribbon or covered in tape.
14. Elves sometimes leave hints about what to do, often by printing out directions for community Christmas activities.
15. If you find your Elf with the controllers to your games station, dont be surprised they like to play video games too!
16. With all the great books available is it any surprise that the Elf may be found reading a new Christmas book?
17. Sometimes Elves have too much time on their hands
one industrious Elf used some yarn, a paper clip, and a basket to build a zip-line that ran all the way from one room to another.
18. Some families have woken up to find their Elf has taken coat hangers, hooked them to the ceiling fan, and climbed half-way up.
19. Elves get homesick and could be found hiding in the freezer.
20. Elves like to get involved in the decorations: they might be found tangled up in lights, rearranging ornaments, hiding in a wreath or Santas sleigh, or riding in a train around the Christmas tree.