Article by Madison Gabor | esPResso Committee Member
With the holiday season now officially in full swing, several traditions are starting up again to get in the spirit of Christmas! One specifically that is gaining much popularity this year is The Elf on the Shelf, which started in 2005, making this year its 10 year anniversary. According to elfontheshelf.com, this tradition is “a fun-filled Christmas tradition that’s captured the hearts of children everywhere who welcome home one of Santa’s scout elves each holiday season. The elves are magical helpers that help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists by reporting back to him at the North Pole nightly. Santa’s elves bring the spirit of the season to life!”
Basically, parents buy a toy elf for their children, and starting Dec. 1st they place the elf in a different place in their home each night leading up to Christmas. It is a fun activity, and a great idea that involves the whole family. This is especially popular among families with young children, because they believe that the elf moves on it’s own in the middle of the night. In the morning, the kids go searching for the elf and usually find it in unique places with the elf set up in a funny pose. The “scout elf” is said to be watching over the kids so they can report back to Santa whether they have been naughty or nice.
This year, parents have been going all out and taking pictures of their #ElfOnTheShelf. On elfontheshelf.com, there have been submissions on the elf lifting weights, the elf in a hot air balloon and even an elf doing yoga! For anyone looking for cool and creative new ideas for your elf on a shelf, Pinterest is a good place to start. There are hundreds of ways to spice up your #ElfOnTheShelf.
Elf on the shelf has created another hashtag- #ScoutElfReturnWeek -that will run from Nov. 27-Dec. 4. This is being used as a weeklong celebration for families to “welcome back scout elves, or adopt a new North Pole helper.” Whether you have a family with young kids and want to watch them as they wonder how the elf could possibly move on its own, or just want to break out your creative juices for the holidays, #ElfOnTheShelf is perfect for everyone this Christmas season.