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There’s an Elf on the Shelf!

on December 3, 2012
Andy the Elf hides in a new place every day leading up to Christmas.

Andy the Elf hides in a new place every day leading up to Christmas.

By Gwen Leron, Contributing Blogger

This is the second year of our family’s ‘Elf on the Shelf’ tradition. What exactly is Elf on the Shelf, you ask? Read on.

Elf on the Shelf has been around for many years, but the idea only became a household name when the digitally animated television special, An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf premiered in 2011. Because of this TV special, Elf on the Shelf hit the big-time.

Now, the whole idea around Elf on the Shelf is that he comes to live with your family in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Each night, he travels back to the North Pole to bring Santa a report on how the kids he belongs to behaved that day. When he returns each morning, he places himself in a different spot so the kids have to find him; sometimes he even gets into a little mischief.

When our elf was “delivered” to us, the kids quickly named him Andy—pictured here. On this particular day, he replaced the angel who usually sits on top of our tree with…himself!

There are many sites on the web showing different situations elves have gotten themselves into, so the sky is the limit when it comes to the fun things you can come up with for your elf. The true fun, however, is seeing the kids find the elf each morning and giggling about the silliness they discover. And the best part of this whole thing? You will be creating holiday memories that your children will remember for a lifetime.

Keep your eyes open for the Elf on the Shelf television special, I am certain it will air again this year, and if you do decide you want to get your family its own elf, hurry, because they sell out fast!

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