The Elf on the Shelf


I know what you’re thinking, “A Christmas post already? Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet!” Once you read on, though, you’ll understand why I had to post this before Thanksgiving.

Have you ever heard of The Elf on the Shelf? I admit that I hadn’t until I started working at The Book Table just over two years ago. It is one of the cutest Christmas traditions, and is popular all around the world.

The Elf on the Shelf® is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their elf each morning.

There are two simple rules that every child knows when it comes to having an elf. First, an elf cannot be touched; Christmas magic is very fragile and if an elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole. Second, an elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! An elf’s job is to watch and listen.

Elves typically appear in their families’ homes at the beginning of the holiday season (around Thanksgiving in the U.S.). On Christmas Eve, the elves return to the North Pole with Santa Claus–until next year!

Be sure to get your elf earlyas they tend to leave our shelves quickly!

This year we are happy to announce that we are carrying a wider variety of Elf on the Shelf product!

We have Elf on the Shelf Plush Toyselfplushie

clothes for your Elfelfchefelfskirtelfjersey

An Elf’s Story the Movieelfstory

The Ultimate Christmas Creativity Bookelfcoloringbook

and An Elf’s Story the Bookelfbook

To register your elf after you’ve “adopted” him or her from us, simply click here.

For parents: For creative and fun Elf on the Shelf ideas, click here.

–Whitney

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