Elf on a Shelf is a Christmas tradition for many families
The elf on a shelf tradition is a Christmas tradition that many families do each year. In this tradition, an elf acts as the eyes of Santa Claus and reports back to Santa whether or not your children have been naughty or nice.
In order for this to work, parents must hide the elf from their children every night before they go to bed, and then return the elf to a new hiding place each morning. The elf is magical and will move on his own from night tonight.
The elves often come with their own cloth clothing, but you can also purchase additional clothes for your elf before he comes to live in your home.
Elf on a Shelf Has Been Around Since 1939
For decades, the elf on a shelf was only an idea that parents had. The first book about this tradition was not published until 2005.