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The Elf is one of Santa’s official helpers around the Christmas season helping Santa work out which kids have been naughty and which have been nice. Each night Elf travels back to the North Pole and reports back to Santa updating him on children’s behaviour and family Christmas activities. Your children will love the adventure of finding Elf each morning and discovering what he is up to.
Elf arrives on 1 December and stays until Christmas Day. Celebrate the arrival of your Elf by officially joining the North Pole Registry! You will receive a free adoption certificate and a letter from Santa himself! Make sure you choose a special name for your Elf. Your Elf will leave on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (there’s no hard and fast rule). A nice touch is to have your Elf write your children a goodbye letter before they leave. In case you need it, here’s a brilliant list of answers explaining why Elf had to return to the North Pole.
Adopt your very own Elf On The Shelf here
Each day find a new spot in the house for your Elf to be. It should be somewhere Elf can enjoy Christmas and family activities happening. Elf loves getting involved in the Christmas spirit so you can put him in funny, charming, adventurous or joyous places and situations, but never naughty situations. He is always well behaved and needs to be at a good vantage point.
For all of you busy parents out there, we have compiled a cheat sheet to make it really easy for you to create a magical experience for the children! No longer will you wake up in a panic thinking about where to move Elf! Most of scenarios on the list can easily be created at home with what you have available.
Download printable checklist:
Our Elf Christmas Pop Up Card is the perfect final elf on a shelf card to surprise your little one with. Once opened, an Elf sitting on a bunch of presents pop ups. Combine this card with a special handwritten goodbye note from Elf himself using a sparkly gold or silver glitter pen. A beautiful memento of Elf for the children to open on Christmas morning and treasure!
Elf parachutes into the garden en route back from the North Pole You can buy official Elf On The Shelf Accessories here , as well as download useful templates to help you recreate some of the above scenarios and more.
For daily inspiration, download the Scout Elves app available in both the App and Google Play store.
There are important golden rules that need to be followed:
1. Do not touch Elf, if you do they lose their Christmas magic and are unable to fly to the North Pole to carry out their duties. If your children accidentally touch Elf, before they go to bed they can write an apology letter to Santa, leaving it with a sprinkle of cinnamon next to Elf so that Elf can take the letter to Santa later that night.
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