Elf on the Shelf originated in a children’s picture book written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter. The story explains that Santa’s Scout Elves visit children every night in December until Christmas Eve, eavesdropping on conversations throughout the day. The elves go back to father Christmas in the evenings to report on whether children have been naughty or nice. Elves play hide and seek and wait for the families to wake up every morning in a new position. What happens if you touch your Elf?
Elf on the Shelf is a social media trend that came from a 2005 children’s book by the same name.
Kids will be on their best behaviour if they know the elf is watching their every move and chatting to Santa about their actions.
Elf on the Shelf parents must hide the elf in a new place every morning to keep the magic alive.
While this may all sound like fun and games, there are a few simple rules to follow.
Reading the book will help you to understand the dos and don’ts, but Express.co.uk talks you through the three rules.
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Don’t panic if you accidentally touch the Elf, accidents happen!
You can renew your elf’s magic in one of three ways – you can try them all three if you’re desperate.