“The Elf on the Shelf” ….. a Christmas tradition!


The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 children’s picture book, written and self-published by American author Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coë Steinwart, featuring a Christmas-themed tale, written in rhyme, that explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and who is nice.

On 26 November 2011, the book aired on CBS as a 30-minute animated TV show An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf, directed by Chad Eikhoff.

So much tender, loving care apparently went into “The Elf on the Shelf.



The story dictates that the elf’s main priority around the family’s household is to keep watch over the children’s behavior during the day and return to the North Pole overnight to report their behavior to Santa Claus, detailing any acts of obedience or misdeeds performed by a child during that particular day, returning home by the following morning. Starting from the day following Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, the elf remains with its family to ensure that they behave properly throughout the holidays.

However, the top policy regarding the Elf on the Shelf is to refrain from touching the creature, as doing so could permanently erase any Christmas magic with which the elf had been bestowed upon being named by the family.

It is no longer capable of fulfilling its duties of recounting the events of the day to Santa Claus, cautioning that he may or may not learn about a child’s behavior should the Elf on the Shelf be stripped of its holiday enchantment.

Every day, the elf’s position changes, providing the family with the responsibility of locating its current perch before its departure for the year on Christmas Eve.

The Elf on the Shelf
Author Carol Aebersold
Chanda Bell
Illustrator Coë Steinwart
Genre Picture book
Publisher CCA and B Publishing
Publication date 2005
ISBN 978-0-9769907-9-6

The Elf on the Shelf story was created in 2004 by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell over a cup of tea. Bell suggested they write a book about their own family tradition of an elf sent from Santa who came to watch over them at Christmas time. Aebersold’s daughter, Christa Pitts, was recruited by the family to share her expertise in sales and marketing. Together, the trio devoted the next three years promoting their self-published book and attending book signings and trade shows.

The Elf on the Shelf has gone on to win numerous awards including Best Toy Award by Learning Express in 2008, 2009 and 2010 Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Awards, and National Best Books 2008 Award sponsored by USA Book News.

In 2012, The Elf on the Shelf made its first appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade alongside fellow parade newcomers Hello Kitty and Papa Smurf.


Elf on the Shelf Touched – Saving Henry

~~Published on Dec 4, 2014~~

What do you do when your Elf on the Shelf is touched by a child? This is our story. The youngest member of our family touched our Elf on the Shelf, Henry. He was badly wounded when we found him. He had lost a lot of his magic life blood. Luckily we found him in time…

Please remember to never touch your Elf on the Shelf!

The Elf on the Shelf®


Related articles:

1. http://amyspartyideas.com/2012/11/elf-on-the-shelf-ideas/

2. http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/50-easy-creative-elf-shelf-ideas/

3. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/columnist/2012/12/11/craig-wilson-final-word-elf-on-shelf/1737699/

4. http://www.gwinnettpl.org/adults/elf-shelf-author-visit.html


~~Let’s start our “Elf on the Shelf” tradition on Facebook~~


Move it around your page and your friends’ pages.

It should be fun!! 


Elf On The Shelf Caught On Tape … AGAIN!


We ALL are ONE!!! 




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About Dr. Rex

I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

3 thoughts on ““The Elf on the Shelf” ….. a Christmas tradition!

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