Guide for Parents on Elf on the shelf

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What is it all about?

Elf on the Shelf is a tradition that explains how Santa’s Elf hides in every home to watch how they behave. The Elf moves back to the North Pole to report to Santa about the events that have happened that day when everyone in the house is asleep. Elf moves back and hides in a new place in the morning. Children are allowed to send their wishes to Santa through Elf.

Note: Parents should understand that there are two rules of placing the Elf on the Shelf officially. Firstly, parents should change the position of the Elf every night when their children are asleep. This will help create the illusion for the children that the Elf travels back to report to Santa at the North Pole about the behaviour of the kids every night. Second, parents should make sure that their kids never touch the Elf or else he will lose his magic. However, children are to write an apology letter to Santa and send it through Elf. They should sprinkle the letter with cinnamon and leave it next to Elf before going to bed.

Below are some unofficial guides parents can use to Elf on the Shelf – this will make their children believe that they have a magical Christmas.

  1. Wait for the tree
    Parents should wait for the tree and prepare for the arrival of their Elf. When the Elf arrives, the whole family will be very happy, and you can unleash him early December. Parents should make sure they find enough hiding spots for the Elf and enough things to do.
  2. Naming your elf
    Choosing the perfect name for your Elf is one of the best things about the tradition of starting the Elf on the Shelf. If you find it hard to get a name for your elf, you can try this website https://www.santasnorthpole.com/top-20-scout-elf-names. 
  3. Perform surgery
    If you purchase a type of elf that is very light and not strong enough to be placed in interesting positions, you may have to perform a little surgery on the elf. You can make use of glue gun to make your elf more malleable than and look perfect.
  4. Posing your elf
    Try to make your Elf bendy rather than in a sitting position when placing him on the self. To do this, you can make use of glue dots to make your elf grasp objects. You can also make use of hook and loop fastener or magnets to make the elf hang and climb and bend.
  5. When the elf didn’t move
    In a situation whereby you forget to move the elf, have no fear. You can easily make use of your initiation to keep the magic of the tradition by looking for words to explain this. Some of this include bad weather and that the elf does not want to report a child’s bad behaviour.
  6. When your kid touches the elf
    If this happens, tell your child to contact Santa through elf by writing a letter, sing Christmas carols or sprinkle a little cinnamon around the elf before going to bed. Explain to them that cinnamon is like vitamins for scout elves and that it makes it easy for them to locate the North Pole easily to deliver their message.
  7. When you’ve had enough
    After you are through by the Elf on the Shelf this season, you can break his leg to take a break. This will give you a week or two weeks break from the tradition. Kids will never win parents – Parenting WIN!!! In other words, you can throw him a goodbye party for him or spell out a goodbye with magnetic or Scrabble letters.
  8. There are no rules
    There are no basic rules in placing Elf on the shelf; it is a family tradition, and you can customise it to your taste and make your children happy.

Above all, this is just a magic to spice up this season. So, just do what works best for you and what your children will love.

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Author: InfoKids Team