Create lasting family memories – invite one of Santa’s Elves to stay
Have you heard about the Christmas Elves tradition? It’s when Santa’s Elves visit your home to check on good little boys and girls before Christmas. They usually start to appear on the 1st of December, ready for an upbeat fun filled December!
Through nightly adventures and daily play the elves have “good old-fashioned” fun, and reinforce the true meaning of Christmas and family values. To the delight of children, Christmas elves can often be rather mischievous, on occasion they even leave small magic Elf gifts.
It’s a great way to capture the magic of Christmas for your child or children. Just imagine their excitement when they realise their Christmas Elf has arrived.
Who do Santa’s Elves visit?
Like Santa, Christmas Elves only visit children who really believe in them. They have been known to start visiting children as young as 18 months, or even younger, especially if they have older siblings.
As for the upper age limit – well, as long as the children believe, Christmas Elves will continue to visit!
More about these magical little creatures
Christmas Elves are usually cute and cuddly, some dress in different coloured hats, have stripy stockings and colourful jumpers.
They often arrive with a Christmas Elf letter which explains his or her visit. Children like to give their Elf a name and take them on trips with the family. But first they have to find them! Elves are cheeky characters that hide each night waiting to be found the next morning.
They are rather restless and are never found in the same place twice. Each morning the children have to hunt around the house to discover where the Elf is resting. It’s not unusual to find hungry ones still hiding in the fridge, in the biscuit jar or on top of the bread bin. While other nights they might have fallen asleep on the Christmas tree or in the pocket of children’s coats. Wonder where yours might hide first?
Mischief-making Christmas Elves
When night falls and the children close their eyes, the Christmas Elves come out to play. Known for their mischief, they can get into all sorts of scrapes during the night.
Children have awoken to discover underwear hanging from the Christmas tree. In fact, working out what trouble they have got up to during the night is half the fun of having an Elf to stay.
Around the world, children have reported Christmas Elves spilling sugar and leaving their tracks in the mess. Others have hidden the remote control – presumably after watching some late night television programme – or retuned the radio.
Some kids have found themselves putting on one white and one black sock in the morning, after Christmas Elves have mixed up the pairs during the night.
They often leave little gifts for the children they stay with. The most adventurous ones have even been known to post themselves off to family and friends who they feel need a little bit of Christmas magic to brighten the dark nights of December.
Adventure loving Elves
The fun doesn’t just happen at night – Santa’s Elves love to go out with you on day time adventures, they’ll love visiting friends and relatives. Their visit is only short, so the elves like to make the most of it by becoming part of the family.
Christmas Elves with a job to do
Of course it’s not all fun and games when you’re a Christmas Elf. They have some serious work to do, like helping Santa prepare his list in time for Christmas day.
Children can help their out with this, by writing their list and perhaps a letter to Santa reporting how well (or badly) behaved their Elf has behaved this year.
Christmas Elves magically disappear on Christmas Eve. They need to get back to the North Pole to help Santa with his deliveries. Yet, they are grateful for your hospitality, and often leave a small gift for the children on Christmas Eve, as a thank you for having them to stay. They might leave new pyjamas, slippers and bubble bath in preparation for a good night’s sleep. After all, Santa only arrives when little ones are fast asleep.
Although it is sad to see the Elf go, this special friend will magically return each year to celebrate Christmas again. A whole year is too long for some Elves to stay away, they might occasionally pop in briefly for birthdays and other special occasions!
Remember – an Elf is for Christmas and not for life, so why not invite a Christmas Elf to visit your children this year?