Elf on the Shelf – A brief history
Sitting atop my company’s water cooler is a conspicuous elf, dressed in red with large beady eyes, legs crossed and casting a watchful gaze above everyone.
If you’re not familiar with it already, Elf on the Shelf is a growing holiday trend where you can buy a stuffed elf who will keep your children in check.
The rules are simple. The elf can’t be touched or it will lose its magic nor will it respond to words. it can, however, move about when no one is looking (here’s where you com in, mom and dad). The whole purpose of the elf is to keep children in the holiday spirit and on good behavior as they countdown to Christmas. Any shenanigans will be reported to Santa himself.
If at first it sounds a bit silly, that’s probably because it is. But the more you play along and buy in with your kids, the more of a focus the elf will become. Who can make the most creative pose? Who can dangle the elf in the most hilarious positions? At work, one colleague stuffed all the coffee packets behind the elf. Hey, no one is going to mess with Santa, not even for caffeine.
But best of all, elf in the shelf is a great family tradition that can help build anticipation for children. It serves as a wonderful reminder of what the true meaning of Christmas is while remaining fun and interactive. The elf is also a great talking point about presents and gratitude and all those other Christmas goodies. I know one teacher who used the elf in the classroom to great cheers and praise. So if you want to add something to your Christmas decorations, this is a good starting point. And if you’re one of those families that always want to add to traditions and holiday spirit, well look no further.
If you’re looking for a fun holiday tradition that your whole family can participate in then Elf on the Shelf is for you.