Here’s The History Behind The Elf On The Shelf

Are you an elf lover or hater?

Who knew there was such history of the Elf on the Shelf?

It’s just about that time of year again, that time when your beloved (or dreaded) Elf on the Shelf makes his or her reappearance in your home. I don’t know about you but I have some friends who have already had their Elf show up, and they’ve been eagerly posting pictures on social media already about his latest escapades.

My youngest kids are on the cusp on not believing anymore, which is why, as much as I dread lying in bed at night and being startled awake because Buddy (that’s our elf) didn’t move again, I can’t wait for him to arrive. Buddy brings a sense of wonder and excitement to our house that even my older kids enjoy and he really gets everyone in the holiday mood.

Let’s face it, I also appreciate any toy that helps me stop my kids from fighting and gets them to help more around the house, thanks to his nightly Santa reports. My elf has even left letters for my kids when they misbehaved which absolutely resulted in best behavior the following day!

I had no idea about the history of The Elf on the Shelf, which turns 12 this year and it turns out this fun little toy that brings so much joy and happiness to kids everywhere almost never got made.

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Kelli is a Lead Writer at Hot Moms Club. She's a Canadian living in the US with a longstanding love affair with entertainment news and celebrity gossip. She has written about it for some of the most popular websites in both Canada and the US including Entertainment Tonight Canada, I'm Not Obsessed and Babble. When she's not chauffeuring her 4 kids back and forth to the rink for various hockey and figure skating activities, she can be found glued to Netflix or reading a great book.

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