Elf on the Shelf has become a normal part of the Christmas tradition for millions of families across the United States. Since the elf's introduction on Aebersold and Bell's book in 2005, over 13 million of them have sold to families across the country and even the world. Elf on the Shelf is a small, easy-to-pose elf doll that, according to tradition, comes to homes to watch children and report back to Santa. Parents move the doll each night into a new position, where he freezes in place. The storybook that comes with the doll tells children not to touch him, lest he lose his magic. For many parents, Elf on the Shelf is a fun tradition. Yet coming up with a new idea every night is tough. Having a stash of Elf on the Shelf ideas to pull from can help keep the tradition alive.

Arrival of the Elf on the Shelf

Your elf's arrival is a big event in your home. Most of the time the elf arrives with a special note and even a gift for the child. Fun pencils for school, an ornament for the tree, or some candy all work well as presents. Have the elf remind children that they aren't to touch him in order to preserve his magic.

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