Do you ever wonder if these little elves popping up around our homes really do have a way to communicate with each other? What would they say about this?

If you spend any time around children at Christmas time you've no doubt crossed paths with the Elf on the Shelf.


The Origin of Elf On the Shelf

Do you know the story of how these, creepy to some, little helpers of the big guy at the North Pole came to be?

This little elf is much more than just a Christmas toy. It all began with a book written by Carol Aebersold. The story depicts these elves as Santa's eyes and ears around the globe, informing him on which of his lists each child belongs. The book comes with the elf figurine.

The Nice List or The Naughty List

The book was (is) a bit of a guide for helping parents. According to the book, they report back to Santa on how the child (or children) they're 'living' with have been behaving. What a great incentive to help parents get their kids to make good choices throughout the month of December.

It's the next part of the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon that has gotten a bit over-the-top.

Santa holding magical lights in hands
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The enhance the magic of Santa and all-things-Christmas, the elf is moved each night into a new location to surprise the kids each morning. Some of these overnight moves can get pretty creative. Creative to the point of making some parents feel like they have no creativity at all.

My wife and I have often felt inferior to other parents when it comes to where the Elf on the Shelf moves to each day. There are hundred of website and social media posts to grab a new idea, but a recent one is emerging in my 'social media community' and I'm wondering if you've seen it yet.

I don't know whether to laugh or not. If for nothing else, you're about to get a new elf movement idea.

Have you seen Shelf on the Elf?

Read that closely. SHELF on the ELF.

Son: "There's a shelf on the elf!"

Dad: Don't you mean elf on the shelf?

Son: "No! There's LITERALLY a shelf on our elf"

A. Skupien
A. Skupien

(game) Shelf on the Elf (several actually)

This next elf looks like it was up to something with the Wicked Witch of the East from Wizard of Oz.

A. Carlson
A. Carlson

When I first saw these, I thought this was how the 'elf' shenanigans ended in these homes. What a tragedy to have befallen Santa's little helper.

I can assure you that these elves have no permanent injuries and they have all returned to helping Santa with JOB #1... making sure children do good things.

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