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Is the Elf on the Shelf a new Christmas Tradition

by Ellie Gregory . Published Sat 24 Dec 2016 08:35

With the festive season underway, it’s not too late to break out a new Christmas tradition for some family fun.

Appearing in homes worldwide this Christmas is the little red Elf on the Shelf, whose name has become so popular that many deem it to be the new annual Christmas trend.

The idea behind this began in 2005 in a short story book called “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition”, where parents position the Elf in various places after his return from the North Pole that night.

The fantasy behind this is that the little Elf has been sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus devise his ‘Nice List’ for Christmas Eve.

Families adopt one of Santa’s ‘scout elves’ (actually from Santa’s official adoption centres), and they must name their little Elf so he can receive his Christmas magic.

This way the Elf can fly back to the North Pole every night and tell Santa Claus about the family’s adventures.

On his return, he perches in a different place every morning to watch the fun.

So far, over 10 million ‘scout elves’ have been welcomed into families worldwide, creating a new Christmas tradition.

The Elf on the Shelf company said: “It’s our mission to bring Christmas magic and family moments to people around the globe!”

There have been thousands of rather mad Elf on the Shelf photographs taken, from being tied up by Lego figures to downing Champagne with Spiderman—even though this idea was crafted for children, the adults of the family have certainly ignored this.

Well, there have been some major debates over whether the Elf on the Shelf is a real Christmas tradition, and that social media has just internally created this phenomenon itself.

Guardian journalist, Stuart Heritage, quite clearly stated his hatred for this beloved little Elf, saying in his rampaging article: “All I want for Christmas is to stamp on Elf on the Shelf’s throat until it coughs up blood and dies.”

That’s the Christmas spirit…

Despite 2016 being a rather awful year (Trump, death of David Bowie and Harambe), Mr Heritage added: “I know this is going to sound like hyperbole, given everything that has happened this year, but Elf on the Shelf is easily the most violently dreadful thing to happen in 2016.”

With the Elf on the Shelf’s Facebook page having over 800,000 likes, it definitely has become a fun-filled Christmas tradition for many families across the globe.

You can actually purchase, well adopt, the Elf on the Shelf with his book on elfontheshelf.com, and start your new Christmas tradition!


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