The Origin of the Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf.

The Origin of the Elf on the Shelf

Liberty White, Contributor

The elf on the shelf is a children’s toy that is “sent from Santa” and moves around in the night and hides in various places around your house from Thanksgiving to December 25th. Children all over the world have this elf. The elves come in a range of styles everywhere. Some are from different countries and have several types of looking elves, but some are real traditions that were made even before the Elf on The Shelf came out.  

   The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition book was created by Carol Aebersold in 2005. The book is a picture book for children to read. The book is a Christmas themed book and is written in rhymes. It describes elves visiting children from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. After they leave your house, they return next year on Thanksgiving. The elf comes in safekeep box with a sleeve with the book on the inside when you open it.     

Another type of elf that works the same way is called, “Mensch on a Bench.” It is a Jewish children tradition. Mensch on the Bench is a stuffed elf toy that looks like a Hasidic Jew. This toy is for the ones that do not celebrate Christmas. Jewish father Neal Hoffman, a former Hasbro Toys toy marketing executive, raised more than $22,000 using the crowd funding website Kickstarter to fund the creation of the toy in 2011. “Mensch” in Yiddish, means a person of integrity or honor. 

 If you want to get an Elf on the Shelf for your children, you for sure should. They are an exciting thing for the kids to wake up to and look for the elf. Anyways, that is it for the origin of The Elf on the Shelf.