What is The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition?

The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition is a magical story that explains how Santa’s Scout Elves help him manage his naughty and nice lists. Each book comes as part of a box set that also includes one of Santa’s Scout Elves, whose job is to watch during the day and report to Santa every night. Upon returning from their nightly journeys, the Scout Elves hide and wait for children to find them! This box set includes a hardbound children’s book and one of Santa’s special Scout Elves. Learn More 

When does my Scout Elf arrive?

The Elf on the Shelf® can arrive anytime during the run up to Christmas, but typically he or she will arrive at the beginning of December and return to the North Pole with Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. 

How does my scout elf receive a name?

Once a family adopts a Scout Elf, they must choose a name for him or her—that’s how the elf will receive the Christmas magic he or she needs to fly to the North Pole to report to Santa every night! You can name your Scout Elf anything you please!

What is The Elf on the Shelf®: A Birthday Tradition?

At the North Pole, Scout Elves have their own way of celebrating birthdays, as told in this enchanting children’s story. Now, with the permission of Santa, Scout Elves can share that tradition with the families that love them. This box set includes a hardbound book and a special Claus Couture Collection® outfit for Scout Elves to wear to the birthday celebration! Learn More

What is Elf Pets®: A Reindeer Tradition?

In this magical tale, more Christmas spirit is needed to make Santa’s sleigh soar, so Santa asks for help from his Elf Pets® Reindeer and children who truly believe in the magic of Christmas! By adopting one of these special pets, families can help build the faith, hope and love Santa needs to deliver presents on Christmas Eve! Each box set includes the Elf Pets®: A Reindeer Tradition storybook and one of Santa’s special reindeer. Learn More




How can I adopt a Scout Elf?

Scout Elves come from special adoption centers that Santa has approved in order to make sure that every Scout Elf receives a good home. Much like you would go to the store to adopt a pet, your Elf on the Shelf® can be adopted, too. To find an adoption centre near you, click here. Remember to call ahead to make sure the elves are ready for adoption!

What should I do if my Scout Elf is touched by mistake?

Christmas magic is very fragile, and if Scout Elves are touched they may lose their magic. If your Scout Elf has been touched, you can apologize by writing a letter to Santa, or saying you’re sorry to your elf. Then, please sprinkle a little cinnamon beside him or her before you go to bed; cinnamon is like vitamins for Scout Elves, and it helps them get back to the North Pole. Once they arrive, the North Pole doctors will check them out.

What if my Scout Elf hasn’t moved?

Although it may appear that they haven’t moved, Scout Elves always make the journey back and forth to the North Pole—unless there is a blizzard! So, don’t worry, sometimes your Scout Elf will return to a favorite spot, just like you might have a favorite chair or a spot on the couch.

Why doesn’t my Scout Elf stay with me all year?

Every elf has a job in the North Pole helping Santa to get ready for the Christmas season. With so many toys to make, naughty and nice lists to finalize, trees to decorate and cookies to bake, if Santa doesn’t have the elves back at the North Pole to help out, there wouldn’t be enough time to get everything ready for Christmas the next year. Santa needs all the help he can get! 

What does my Scout Elf tell Santa?

Your Elf on the Shelf® reports all sorts of things to Santa, mostly about whether you and your family members have been naughty or nice. If you do your chores, your Scout Elf tells Santa what a good helper you are. When you don’t share your toys, he or she lets Santa know. If you want to make updates to your Christmas list or send a special message to Santa, your elf can tell Santa those things, too!

Why does my Scout Elf go to the North Pole every night?

Your Elf on the Shelf® goes to the North Pole each and every night during the holiday season so he or she won’t forget a single detail from the day to tell Santa. This helps Santa and your Scout Elf keep the most up-to-date record of what you've been up to!

Why do I see Scout Elves in stores? I thought they came from Santa.

Every Elf on the Shelf® comes from a special adoption centre that Santa has approved. The adoption centres are often located inside certain stores. Much like you would go to the store to adopt a pet, your Elf on the Shelf® can be adopted, too. The important thing to remember is that no matter how a Scout Elf gets to his or her family, they are all on the same special mission: to be Santa’s eyes and ears during the holiday season.