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This idea is genius! Looking to start up your own family Christmas tradition? Then this one is for you. The only limitations are your imagination ~ don't worry, we can help you out there.

What is it? A gorgeous box which you unfold to reveal a hard cover book and ... the elf of course. Currently you can select from boy, girl, light skin, dark skin .... and rumour has it there are also accessories available!!

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(girl elf depicted in photograph)

What's next? The elf has been sent from Santa.  Your child's first bit of fun is to decide on a name, then register the elf online - this results in a letter from Santa creating a lovely personal connection to the new arrival. Too cute!

The Book: the gorgeous hard cover book is written by the elf, sharing Santa's secret on how he manages to keep an eye on so many children during the year. Carefully incorporating rhythm and rhyme alongside colourful illustrations the elf reveals all. He/she will report back to Santa each night. Which means each morning the child(ren) needs to find him in his new place,

'I can hide on a plant, a shelf, or a frame.

Where will I be? Let's make it a game.'

elf-mixingbowl

The one rule is that the Elf must not be touched (you can tell this was created by a mother)!

Now you need to get started - The Book Depository has the full range - girl/boy/dark/light. Online delivery can sometimes take awhile, so if that is your option ... get ordering! Next you need to think about how your elf will arrive - I love the idea of he/she turning up on 1st December with the advent calendar as a gift.

So each night you need to move your elf - this is where the fun begins, oh yes!!

Where do you put your elf? We've put together a heap of inspiration which starts here, our Elf worked hard on her photo shoot!!

Maybe the elf will lead your child(ren) to a Christmas activity,

or give them a task to complete (I've seen wonderful charity ideas incorporated here), or

.... will it be found making snow angles in a pile of flour on the kitchen table?!

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The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition™ is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children's book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night.

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978-0984365173

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The Elf on the Shelf 2013-12-02 09:21:59 Marcie
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Reviewed by Marcie    December 02, 2013

Elf on the Shelf

This book has introduced a brand new tradition in our family. The kids love it and I love to see the excitement when our little friend Elf comes to visit. We love it and can't imagine a Christmas without it!

Marcie, Melbourne

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The Elf on the Shelf 2013-11-13 16:40:01 Margaret Martin
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Reviewed by Margaret Martin    November 14, 2013

Elf on the Shelf

Bought this for my two grandchildren who I look after one day a week. They looked for him every time they come round. He hides in the bathroom to make sure they wash their hands. You have never seen them run back to wash them so fast in case Elf tells Father Xmas. Elf moves around during the day as well so you never know if he is watching you get up to mischief when Nannys not looking. Elf can be very naughty, hiding in the fridge and the sweet tin, gets chocolate all round his face and swings from the light fittings. Great fun for grown ups as well.

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The Elf on the Shelf 2013-01-07 02:21:19 Laura coleman
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Reviewed by Laura coleman    January 07, 2013

Totally worth every cent!

When this book for delivered from the North Pole, both of my kids (aged 7 and 6) were absolutely enthralled immediately. It's a gorgeous book and the little elf is lovely and traditional in the way it looks and feels - not plasticky and flimsy. It was just gorgeous to watch the kids search for him each morning and I can't wait till he comes back again from his rest in the North Pole.
Order it now - you won't regret it as its a beautiful family tradition to start.

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Hi Laura, glad you all enjoyed your Elf. We had lots of fun with it in our household too, the discovery each morning created lots of shouts & giggles!

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