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'Tis The Season: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About the Elf on the Shelf

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's officially the holiday season and the most wonderful time of the year. So what does that mean? The Elf on the Shelf is back and ready to look after all of us to make sure we're not being extra naughty. If you've been avoiding the most popular fads and trends of the holiday season for the past few years then, unfortunately, you haven't had the pleasure of getting to know the Elf on the Shelf. So, allow us here at J-14 to introduce you. We've got our very own elf named Jemma. Every day during the month of December, Jemma is going to be spreading some magic and Christmas cheer around the office. From arriving in her sleigh to hanging out with Justin Bieber, the road to Christmas Eve is going to be a fun one.

Originally, the concept came from a book titled, The Elf on the Shelf. It's a children's book written in 2005 that explains how Santa Claus – being only one person – can tell who is naughty or nice. The elves stay in the homes of children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to watch over them. On Christmas Day, these elves go back to the North Pole until next year.

Between giving the elf a name, the one rule no one must commit against your elf and all the secrets you must tell the elf, there are lots to know about the popular holiday tradition. If you're scratching your head right now, don't worry, we've got you covered. You'll find out everything you need to know about the Elf on the Shelf fad before the clock strikes 12 on Thanksgiving night.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas that are easy and simple? Yes, they exist.

The Elf on the Shelf doesn't need to be in extremely intricate or complicated situations. It can be simple and easy. A few low-stress ideas can be having your elf stick out of a cereal box in the morning or perched on top of the television watching over the kids. The Elf on the Shelf could be taking a nap underneath a few tissues or could be playing a board game. These are creative yet easy and super fun.

Where do you buy the Elf on the Shelf?

You can buy Elf on the Shelf in so many places both online and in stores. With any purchase, you'll get the original children's book, The Elf on the Shelf along with one of Santa's elves in doll form, of course. You can find Elf on the Shelf on Amazon and in Wal Mart, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Toys R Us.

Elf on the Shelf videos that will leave you shook.

There are lots of Elf on the Shelf videos out there that will bring out a creative side. Whether you have lots of ideas for what your Elf is going to be getting into this holiday season or the juices aren't flowing just yet, this video is a must-see. No really, the Elf goes from bouncing around in a Lucky Charm cereal box to riding around on a toy police car. It's everything.

Is Elf on the Shelf real?

Well, the technical answer is no because it's a stuffed elf doll. But, with your imagination, you can make the elf as real as you want. Families like to give their elves a name. Here at J-14, we decided to name our elf, Jemma. But, you can really give it any moniker you like. The elf is supposed to sit, perch, stand or hide in multiple locations around your family's house during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Of course, it doesn't move by itself. Usually, the parents have to get creative with this and put the elf in different positions each day.

How does Elf on the Shelf work?

The Elf on the Shelf needs to be moved each day between Thanksgiving and Christmas to different locations around the house. However, this must be done while the children who believe in the Elf on the Shelf are sleeping or at school. Why? Because there's one rule that comes along with the elf – they can't be touched or they will lose their magic. The line in the book reads, "There's only one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won't hear all I've seen or I know." This must be followed – or else!

When does Elf on the Shelf come out?

The Elf on the Shelf makes his or her debut in your home on Thanksgiving day. He or she can come out in any way that the family wants it to whether it be super creatively or popping up on the shelf. Either way, Thanksgiving is the day!

Is Elf on The Shelf evil?

No! Lots of people get the wrong idea that the Elf on the Shelf is there to spy on you. But, that's not the case. The Elf, in theory, is really there to just report back to Santa. The children who believe in the Elf on the Shelf are supposed to tell him or her what they want for Christmas, secrets they have or wishes they hope happen during the holiday season. It's the Elf's job to try and make sure those things happen. So the Elf on the Shel is definitely not evil.

What Is the Elf on the Shelf tradition?

The Elf on the Shelf tradition started over a decade ago and it's really just to make sure the children behave themselves during the holiday season. If the Elf is watching, that means Santa Claus is, too. The tradition is for the parents to bring out the Elf on Thanksgiving and the Elf goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. You can't touch the Elf and the Elf can't talk to you. All you can do is the tell the Elf your secrets, wishes and behave during the holiday season in hopes that Santa brings you exactly what you want on Christmas morning.

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