How do you welcome the elf for the first time?

Answered by John Hunt

When introducing Elf on the Shelf for the first time, it is important to create a sense of excitement and anticipation for your children. Here are some tips to make the introduction special:

1. Attach a note to the elf: Write a letter or note from the elf explaining his purpose and how he got into your home. You can mention that Santa sent him to keep an eye on the children and report back on their behavior. This will help set the stage for the elf’s role during the holiday season.

2. Send a letter from Santa: A day or so before the elf arrives, have Santa send a personalized letter to your kids. In the letter, Santa can explain that he is sending one of his trusted elves to watch over them and encourage good behavior. This will create excitement and anticipation for the arrival of the elf.

3. Choose a special arrival day: Decide on a specific day for the elf to make his grand entrance. It could be the morning after Thanksgiving or the first day of December. This will make it feel like a special event and help build excitement.

4. Create a welcoming scene: On the day the elf arrives, set up a welcoming scene for him. You can create a small North Pole-themed area with miniature props, such as a tiny chair, a mailbox, or even a small table with cookies and milk. This will make it look like the elf has a cozy spot to stay during his visit.

5. Give the elf a name: Encourage your children to come up with a name for the elf. This will help create a personal connection and make the elf feel like a part of the family. You can even have a little naming ceremony where everyone suggests names and votes on their favorite.

6. Explain the rules: Sit down with your children and explain the rules of having the elf in the house. Let them know that the elf is watching their behavior and will report back to Santa. Emphasize that the elf is not to be touched, as it can cause him to lose his magic.

7. Share the elf’s mission: Talk to your children about the elf’s mission to spread joy and kindness during the holiday season. Encourage them to do good deeds and acts of kindness, as the elf will be keeping an eye on their actions.

8. Get creative with the elf’s hiding spots: Throughout the holiday season, move the elf to different hiding spots each night. Get creative with the placements, such as hanging from a chandelier, sitting on a bookshelf, or peeking out of a stocking. This will add an element of fun and surprise each morning when the children wake up.

Remember, the key to introducing Elf on the Shelf is to create a sense of wonder and excitement for your children. Make it a special tradition that they look forward to each year.