Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold

With the holiday season officially upon us I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope that it was filled with lots of friends and family.  Ours was great and we got to see some family members we haven’t seen in awhile.  I am truly blessed with wonderful friends and family and am thankful  for everyone in my life.

In celebration of the holiday season and anticipation of our elf Knowie returning, I am reposting my review of Elf on the Shelf.  It’s a great family story that gets both parents and children involved.  Sit back and ejoy.

Elf on the Shelf™ by Carol Aebersold
*This book is part of my personal library*

How does Santa really know who is naughty or nice? The answer is finally revealed in…The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas Tradition.TM The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas TraditionTM 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. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game. In addition, each shipment is marked for special delivery from Santa’s workshop.

Elf on the Shelf is a book the whole family will enjoy.  Each set comes with a book and a cute little Elf.  Each Elf will gain his magic once he/she has been given a name.  The names are as individual as the kids that the elves belong too and naming them is half the fun.

Each night the elves travel home to the North Pole so they can report in to Santa.  Will their child be on the naughty or nice list?  With the help of their magic, they return each morning and find a new place to sit and watch.  It’s important that the children don’t touch their Elf or he will lose his magic.

My granddaughter will be three in a couple of months and she received her elf this holiday season.  Naming our Elf was an adventure.  Every name we suggested she said “No” to so we asked if she wanted to name is “No” and she said YES!! So our Elf’s name is Knowie.  He travels home every night and finds a new place to perch the next morning.  Each morning it’s a game to find out where he is sitting and she loves it.  We have to tell him goodnight every night and make sure that she knows he’s watching and will report to Santa so she’d better be good.

This is a fun book/activity for the whole family to enjoy.  Finding out where the Elf will show up next the best part, along with the threat of the “naughty” list (for parents).  Lilly and I give Elf on the Shelf 4½ Flaming Hearts.