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The History of Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf Behind it all is Carol Aebersold and her twin daughters Chanda Bell and Christa Pitts, who kicked off the craze in 2005 when they published a book called The Elf on a Shelf. The book arose from a family tradition that Carol started where she would move an elf ornament around the house during the run-up to Christmas for her twin daughters.

The trio then decided to base a story around the elf, selling it with a replica of the elf for households to join in on the tradition. The Elf on the Shelf gained popularity as celebrities were seen with the product, Jennifer Garner was an early adopter of the elf. 

Can too much Elf be a bad thing?

However, the Elf on the Shelf has not been met without criticism. The most pressing of these criticisms revolve around parents using the elf as a discipline tool, teaching children to behave only because they are being ‘watched’ and may receive a reward, which could cause a child to become anxious over the holiday period.  Said David Kyle Johnson of psychology today

Most people would agree that the best way to avoid these criticisms is to not take the elf too seriously and try to focus on the creative spots you can put the elf for your child to find. A newspaper article gives some excellent quick ideas of how to show some Elf mischief However as always it’s how you interpret this new tradition, that will best protect your family from unintentional negative effects. More good ideas in Good Housekeeping magazine.

Elf on the shelf Planning can be ready-made!

As a working parent, I know how busy the whole of December can be so  I  have curated a Pinterest board for inspiration, including ideas from very easy to those taking a bit more planning, either way, have fun and enjoy laughing with your children as they delight in the elf antics.  There is also a website dedicated to all things Elf on the shelf.  Giving you crafts, recipes, where to see life-size elves and lots of prizes to be won. 

I would have needed some tips on those late nights and very early mornings!  Here are  some creative ideas 

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