16 - Elf on the Shelf Arrives

Merry Christmas (Name),

I sure hope you and your family are having a great time getting ready for Christmas. The reindeer, elves and I are having so much fun preparing for my long journey around the world. In fact, we can’t wait to visit your home in (City, State). I am especially excited to see all your wonderful Christmas decorations, fill your stocking and taste your yummy Christmas cookies that you always leave for me – I hope you have plenty of cookies! Ho, Ho, Ho!

(Name), as you know, I have so many children to check on every year, so I have decided to send some scout elves to some very special homes to help me keep an eye on the children who live there. I will be sending a little elf to your home soon, and (he/she) will stay with you until Christmas Eve. So be on the lookout for my little elf; you never know when (he/she) might appear! This magic elf will fly to the North Pole every night while you are sleeping to report to me. Just a reminder, these elves help me make the Naughty or Nice List so you can be sure these elves are watching very closely. From everything I have heard so far this year, you are at the top of my Nice List again! So please keep up the good work; this little elf will let me know if your name will remain at the top of the list.

Please take good care of my little elf and give (him/her) a fun name. (He/She) is so excited to stay with you. Also remember to be gentle with (him/her). You can talk to (him/her) because elves are good listeners, but you shouldn’t touch (him/her). Too much touching will make these little elves lose their magic. Then on Christmas Eve when I visit you, I will take your little elf back to the North Pole with me. I have to warn you; your magic elf will explore your entire house from top to bottom. These elves also like to get into some trouble, and they love adventures. So don’t be surprised at the fun things these little elves will do. If you do a good job taking care of my precious little elf, I just might send (him/her) back to you again next year. So have fun!!

(Name), be sure to keep up the good work. Listen to (Parent 1) and Parent 2), keep you room clean and always pick up your toys. Be sure to be kind to your friends and always share your
toys. If you continue to be thoughtful and kind, you will have some special gifts under your
tree from me.

I will go for now to make sure all is ready for Christmas Eve. Be sure to hang your stocking and go to bed as early as possible. Remember, I only stop when all the good boys and girls are sound asleep. I will be visiting you soon in (City, State). Merry Christmas (Name)!