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  • Elf on the Shelf – Fun New Tradition (Or Just More Stress For Parents)?

    December 18, 2023 2 min read

    Elf on the Shelf – Fun New Tradition (Or Just More Stress For Parents)? - The Nappy Shop

    Elf on the Shelf – Fun New Tradition (Or Just More Stress For Parents)?

    In recent years, a mischievous little character has found its way into our homes, some say, adding an extra dash of magic and excitement to the festive season, others say, I am out of ideas for this pint-sized troublemaker. Love them or not, the "Elf on the Shelf" has taken us by storm and has become a beloved Christmas tradition in households across the country.

    Where did this Elf come from?

    Originally from an American children's book the premise of which is that the Elf on the Shelf is a scout elf sent by Santa to keep an eye on children and report back on their behaviour in the lead-up to Christmas. It is a slightly creepy idea as adults (though no more than the fact that Santa can see you when you’re sleeping and knows when you're awake). However, children love it.

    How does it work?

    The fun truly begins when families adopt their own elf and give it a name. Once named the elf belongs to them and is watching them to keep them on the nice list. Strangely these cheeky elves take on a life of their own during the holiday season, moving to different locations in the house each night, and often getting up to all sorts of antics. The kid's excitement of waking up each morning to discover where the elf has landed and what kind of mischief they've been up to is priceless. Working out how to suspend the little rogue abseiling into the biscuit barrel is a bit more difficult.


    For many families, the Elf on the Shelf isn't just some ‘Santa Spy’ who trashes the house every evening; they are a playful friend, and importantly they’re a friend who encourages good behaviour and adds an element of fun to the holiday season. Giving your child a little more motivation to be good throughout December is always appreciated. Plus, involving the kids in creating daily scenarios for the elf, working out how they managed to open the bag of Maltesers or build a parachute, gives you lots to talk about while building anticipation for Christmas Day.


    These elves are a hectic bunch, causing havoc every evening for 24 evenings is a lot of different adventures and scenarios to create. Luckily we have social media, which has played a significant role in sharing and celebrating the adventures of elves across the country. Australians love to showcase their elf's escapades on platforms like Instagram and Facebook, creating a virtual community where families can exchange ideas, and share laughs. There are enough “Elf on the shelf” ideas out there to keep them busy all year round (though I don’t recommend that, they need their rest).


    So however you feel about these particular little helpers, it looks like they are going to be a part of the Christmas festivities for many years to come!