As with most fast-growing-traditions in the UK, Elf on the Shelf originated in the US – as the story of an elf sent by Father Christmas to watch over kids at Christmas time to make sure they’re behaving.
(What a genius parenting move!)
Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell came up with the storybook in 2004.
“We grew up with this tradition in our home. When we were children, our Scout Elf, Fisbee, would come to our home and look over our family each year. I have such wonderful childhood memories with Fisbee.”
And since Jennifer Garner was seen doing it in 2007, it’s gone bonkers with families all around the world taking part.
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Tp take part, there are 3 simple rules:
There are some rules involved:
- Children can chat to the elf but can’t touch him (otherwise he will ‘disappear forever’ according to the book).
- Kids have to be in bed before you can move the elf.
- Elves only gets their magic by being named. Families can name their elves anything after ‘adopting’ them.
It’s a very popular advent tradition for dads – and many really bring out their inner child, which is what Christmas is all about, right?
Anyway, we’ve collated a few ideas from Dadsnet to get you started on this year’s Elf on the Shelf Advent journey :)
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We’d love to see your creations! If you’re doing Elf on the Shelf this year, send us photos to firstname.lastname@example.org