While the holiday season is about family and the love of giving, it is also about tradition.
A famous tradition surrounding the holiday is the Elf on the Shelf and here’s everything we know about it.
What is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition that follows the Boy Scout elves as they travel to the North Pole each evening to report to Santa Claus.
According to tradition, the Elf on the Shelf is intended to inspire children to be their best selves during the holiday season.
The Scout Elf comes in a box that includes a children’s book.
The book paints a picture of the elves making their way to the North Pole to tell Santa how the children in the household were behaving on that particular day.
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The next day, the children find the Elf on the Shelf somewhere else in the house.
However, they are not allowed to touch the elf because they could “lose their magic”.
Although they aren’t allowed to touch them, parents should encourage their children to talk to them and tell them what they want for Christmas.
When does “Elf on the Shelf” begin and end?
The Elf on the Shelf usually arrives in the household between November 24th and December 1st.
Coverage of The Elf on the Shelf begins with the first debut.
The Boy Scout eleven will come and go every day until Christmas Eve on December 24th.
If children behave, Santa Claus will bring them presents on Christmas Day.
When was Elf on the Shelf created?
Elf on the Shelf was started in 2005 by Carol Aebsersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, who wrote a book called The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.
Aebsbersold revealed the tradition that began as a child and which she passed on to her family.
When the book was published, it came with a box containing a miniature Boy Scout elf.
Since then, The Elf on the Shelf has become a cultural phenomenon around the world.