The Story Behind The Elf On The Shelf

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Umida Ibragimova, Contributor

Have you ever heard the story about “The Elf on the Shelf”? It is a wonderful tale and perfect for the upcoming holidays! Grab your hot cocoa with a nice warm blanket and begin reading the story of “The Elf on the Shelf.”

This story dates back to the 1970s when a mother and daughter had shared their traditions through a book. In 2005 a mother, Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell had published the book, “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.”

The book told children to behave themselves in order to make it onto Santa’s nice list. The elf is a special scout sent from the North Pole. The elf watches day and night, on your behavior and then reports back to Santa in the North Pole, so that Santa can decide if you made it onto the naughty or nice list. This was a very popular tradition, until many controversies and spooky stories came behind, “The Elf on the Shelf.” Many had thought that the elf actually moves its head. In addition, children believed that “The Elf on the Shelf,” was real and had imagined that the elf actually moved at night. Wild imaginations am I right? Within time, “The Elf on the Shelf,” was eventually banned from schools, because it was a distraction and a risk to emotional health/wellbeing.

The Elf on the Shelf is still a very jolly and fun tradition if you want to continue it after reading this article, here are some rules:

  • The Kids (you) cannot touch the Elf.
  • The Elf will not speak to the kids (you) when they are (you are) awake.
  • The Elf Reports back to Santa at night when they fly back to the North Pole to let Santa know how the kids (you) behaved that day.
  • Be kind to everyone no matter what! Kindness is always the answer, Santa appreciates nice kids!

Frankly, I do not believe in, “The Elf on the Shelf,” but if you do that is okay! Whether you participate in this tradition or not, you must always show kindness to everyone no matter what! Keep this question in mind, do you believe that “The Elf on the Shelf,” is real?

Merry Christmas and stay safe! 🙂