What is Elf on the Shelf?

It’s that time of year again when Santa’s scout elves are in the homes of many children—a Christmas tradition that many parents in the area get involved with.

The Elf on the Shelf story was written in 2004 by Carol Aebersold and has sprung to life. The Elf on the Shelf is sent from the North Pole to help Santa Clause manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts a scout elf and gives it a name, the scout elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to

Jennie Burroughs with one of her brothers’ elves

tell Santa Clause about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the scout elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun.

Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning. Often times the scout elf gets into mischief. The elves may look innocent but have been known to melt snowmen with hairdryers, go fishing in the kitchen sink, zip-line across the kitchen, make snow angles out of flower, and have been involved with many other shenanigans.

Many students in Wirt County High School have elves of their own.

“My twin brothers have two elves. One named Carly, and the other is Carl-Lee. They move to various places and do different things each day. They move from shelf to shelf and they are seen on the tree sometimes. My brothers get so excited when they find their elves in different places every day,” Junior Jennie Burroughs commented regarding this new Christmas tradition.