The Elf on a Shelf : A New Christmas Tradition

There are many lovely traditions with Christmas and I’m sure we each have our favourites. However,
“The Elf on a Shelf is a very new Christmas ‘tradition’. The Elf first made its appearance in the book “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition” in 2005.


The book was written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell and is based on a family tradition that Chanda and her sister, Christa, had when they were growing up in Georgia, USA. Carol Aebersold had an elf doll that would ‘magically’ appear in a different part of the house every morning running up to Christmas. Chanda and Christa were told that the Elf was watching them and it would tell Santa if they’d been naughty.

In 2004 the book was written, telling the story of the Elf being sent by Santa to watch over Chanda and Christa, and it was published in 2005. The official book Elf on a Shelf book comes with an Elf. There are two rules with the elf: You can’t touch the elf or it will lose its magic and that the elf moves when children are asleep.”

Above words taken from article here

We didn’t have ‘Elf on a Shelf’ when the children were growing up, but an elf has been seen at our younger grandchildren’s homes and they have great delight in telling us where Elf was sitting (or in the case of the recent photograph) hanging when he ‘magically’ appears… Look-out I’m back he’s saying, well I think that’s what he’s saying … he certainly has a cheeky look about him! What do you think?
I think like Father Christmas, Elf has been known to eat mince pies 😋

and with Christmas getting closer you may like to see this recipe for

Mince Pies
Made the low carb way – more details here

As regular readers know, this blog is presented in a magazine style – we hope something for everyone. You will find a variety of articles, studies, thoughts, photographs, music, cartoons and recipes!

However, not all the recipe ideas featured in this blog may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e., use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan

There are many lovely traditions with Christmas and I’m sure we each have our favourites. However,
“The Elf on a Shelf is a very new Christmas ‘tradition’. The Elf first made its appearance in the book “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition” in 2005.


The book was written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell and is based on a family tradition that Chanda and her sister, Christa, had when they were growing up in Georgia, USA. Carol Aebersold had an elf doll that would ‘magically’ appear in a different part of the house every morning running up to Christmas. Chanda and Christa were told that the Elf was watching them and it would tell Santa if they’d been naughty.

In 2004 the book was written, telling the story of the Elf being sent by Santa to watch over Chanda and Christa, and it was published in 2005. The official book Elf on a Shelf book comes with an Elf. There are two rules with the elf: You can’t touch the elf or it will lose its magic and that the elf moves when children are asleep.”

Above words taken from article here

We didn’t have ‘Elf on a Shelf’ when the children were growing up, but an elf has been seen at our younger grandchildren’s homes and they have great delight in telling us where Elf was sitting (or in the case of the recent photograph) hanging when he ‘magically’ appears… Look-out I’m back he’s saying, well I think that’s what he’s saying … he certainly has a cheeky look about him! What do you think?
I think like Father Christmas, Elf has been known to eat mince pies 😋

and with Christmas getting closer you may like to see this recipe for

Mince Pies
Made the low carb way – more details here

As regular readers know, this blog is presented in a magazine style – we hope something for everyone. You will find a variety of articles, studies, thoughts, photographs, music, cartoons and recipes!

However, not all the recipe ideas featured in this blog may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e., use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan