No one really knows where he came from, just one day he was… here. 

Decked in a cheery red suit, with pudgy cheeks and mischevious grin, he was perched on the top of our kitchen clock, brazen as could be.

The girls quickly nicknamed him Mr Elf (yep, they kept it simple). ‘Why is he here?’ they pondered. ‘Do you think he’s come from the actual North Pole?!’ they gasped.

Luckily, Mr Elf had come prepared with a book to explain that he had, indeed, come straight from Santa’s Workshop. In fact, he was here to keep a friendly elf eye on the girls all throughout December, just to make sure they retained their spot on the Nice List.

‘Whoooooooa!’ the girls breathed.

‘There are some rules that must be followed,’ I told the girls, ‘you can talk to Mr Elf but he can’t talk back, and you must never touch him, as this could cause his Christmas magic to get rubbed off. During the day he stays as still as a statue, but he’s still watching, then each night he uses the magic to fly home to the North Pole and tell Santa everything you’ve been up to.’

The girls exchanged looks. ‘Everything?!’ they repeated. ‘Apparently so,’ I replied, ‘which means he’ll be looking for good manners and behaviour, and NO fighting… do you think you can manage that?’

They both nodded furiously. 

‘And here’s the really fun part,’ I added, ‘every time Mr Elf returns home he finds somewhere new to rest – so you’ll have to find him each time you get up in the morning.’    

The girls dissolved into excited chatter, then ran off to write him a ‘Welcome to Our House’ letter.

The next morning I gently shook the girls awake. Instead of begging for ‘five more minutes!’ they leapt out of bed. ‘Mr Elf!’ they cried, stomping downstairs. ‘He’s not on the clock,’ Big Sis shouted. ‘Then where is he?’ Lil Sis replied.

Then they both skidded to a stop. ‘HE’S ON THE THERMOSTAT!’ they squealed.

The next day he was sitting pretty on the bathroom shelf, the day after we discovered he’d stopped to smell the orchids. This little guy sure did get around!

… except for that one night, when the girls got up super early and ran down to find he was still sitting on top of my computer – the same place he’d been the day before. ‘Gosh, he must have really really loved it there!’ I quickly surmised.

Yep. That must have been it. 

Over the past two Christmases, we’ve found Mr Elf in all kinds of crazy places – from hanging off the living room lamp to peeking out from a vase of flowers to being wedged between the slats of the Venetian blinds.

Even when we were in New Zealand last year he continued to gallivant around our home, even going so far as to send us photos of his adventures. That cheeky little elf! 

On Christmas Eve he made his final trip back to the North Pole, disappearing as quickly as he appeared and leaving an elf-shaped hole in his place.

The girls are counting the days until the see Mr Elf again – he’s now a much-loved part of our family Xmas tradition, bringing an extra sprinkle of fun and festive magic.

Would you like a little more Elf in your life? Look for your nearest Adoption Centre; for more information, or to shop at Santa’s Store, visit www.elfontheshelf.co.uk. 



  1. Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve

  2. Lisa Mauchline - November 18, 2017 reply

    I love the build up, decorating the tree, wrapping presents and then spending the day with all the family

  3. Annabel Greaves - November 18, 2017 reply

    I love playing Christmas games with the family x

  4. Lorraine Stone - November 18, 2017 reply

    I love all of Christmas but especially sharing it with my Hubby and Dad

  5. seeing kids opening their presents

  6. melanie stirling - November 18, 2017 reply

    My favourite part is handing out the presents to my family.

  7. Margaret GALLAGHER - November 18, 2017 reply

    Love the excitement and the build up -as soon as December begins it’s time to start celebrating

  8. Kayleigh Watkins - November 18, 2017 reply

    I love all the excitement Christmas brings, and making it magical for my children, seeing their faces Christmas day when they see santa has been is priceless and the best gift ever xxx

  9. Rebecca Sutton - November 18, 2017 reply

    being with my family and seeing the girls all excited, makes it feel even more special.

  10. john prendergast - November 19, 2017 reply

    Having all the my family around on xmas day

  11. Sarah Taylor-Fergusson - November 19, 2017 reply

    My favourite part of Christmas is Christmas Eve – in particular if it is a day when the post is delivered. (One year, a boyfriend sent me a bouquet of Christmas flowers which arrived Christmas Eve, which partly explains my excitement!). This year will be a bit weird as Christmas Eve is on a Sunday (no post!) however, I’m sure it will still be anticipatory!

  12. Watching my children opening their pressies!

  13. Playing with the children’s Toys and eating the yummy

  14. Stephanie Keill - November 19, 2017 reply

    My favourite part of Christmas is seeing my kids excited and out family dinner.

  15. Victoria Thurgood - November 19, 2017 reply

    watching the kids opening presents

  16. alison fisher - November 19, 2017 reply

    favourite part of xmas is seeing the build up with the kids beforehand the anticipation and the magic of santa 🙂

  17. seeing my daughters face when she first sees her presents!

  18. I love watching Christmas Movies with the kids.

  19. stuart hargreaves - November 19, 2017 reply

    Smiles on the kids faces

  20. Family time without having to work ❤️

  21. being off work and spending time with the family

  22. My favourite part of Christmas is having time of work and spending it with the family

  23. i love all the sparkle of christmas x

  24. Settling down to watch a movie on Christmas day with a beer and bursting at the seams from eating stupid amounts of turkey and mince pies. Ah, bliss.

  25. my fav part of christmas is watching my childrens faces as they open thier presents

  26. Janie-Fleur Matcham - November 19, 2017 reply

    replying to the on the shelf for me best par of Christmas is kids excitement

  27. seeing my daughters face on christmas morning

  28. Hannah Scudder - November 19, 2017 reply

    Visiting family and all of the yummy food!

  29. Sharon Worsley - November 19, 2017 reply

    spending time with my family

  30. charleigh williams - November 19, 2017 reply

    the best part of christmas is the climax of all the build up, on christmas day, when you can relax with your loved ones.

  31. I love the build up of excitement, i’m not sure who gets more excited me or the kids. Everybody in general seem to be happier and I love making my house like Santa’s grotto 🙂 x

  32. I like getting together with family and watching christmas films of course!

  33. Claire Elizabeth Noke - November 19, 2017 reply

    Sounds cheezy … but just family time. all of us together 🙂 xx

  34. Gran Children opening presents

  35. Love snow and fairy lights x

  36. Alison Macdonald - November 19, 2017 reply

    Christmas lunch with the family

  37. mark witherington - November 19, 2017 reply

    My Favourite part of Christmas is putting up the decorations and having a glass of mulled wine once they are all up

  38. Going to the panto on Christmas Eve

  39. Alison Johnson - November 19, 2017 reply

    Decorating the house & tree as a family, we all join in & have a right laugh doing it.

  40. My favourite part of Christmas is having a delicious lunch and spending time with us all together.

  41. justine meyer - November 19, 2017 reply

    Sneaking down in the night to deliver the presents x

  42. Christmas dinner and spending time with family.

  43. I’m not a fan of Christmas. but have enjoyed it a lot more since the little man joined us. I think seeing family is the best part for me or seeing my little boy’s excitement.

  44. Joanne Gaylor - November 20, 2017 reply

    Decorating the tree! It feels like Christmas has finally arrived.

  45. Family time

  46. Sandra Clarke - November 20, 2017 reply

    I love getting up on Christmas morning.

  47. Gemma Thompson - November 20, 2017 reply

    Seeing my little boys faces on christmas morning seeing that santa has been!
    Never gets old 🙂

  48. Getting everything organised the night before for when the kids wake up. Love their little faces on Christmas morning.

  49. I love travelling down from essex to brighton to spend a whole week with my mum 🙂

  50. lorraine kirk - November 20, 2017 reply

    Singing Carols on Christmas Eve.

  51. Watching my sons open their presents

  52. Sarah Mcknight - November 20, 2017 reply

    Being with family

  53. i love xmas eve a good film for me and my kids in our ne pj’s x

  54. I love seeing how excited my little boy gets 🙂

  55. I love playing Christmas games

  56. Leila Benhamida - November 21, 2017 reply

    Dinner time is my favourite

  57. debbie gilbert - November 22, 2017 reply

    Spending the day with my family

  58. Spending all day with my family 🙂

  59. being with my family

  60. my favourite part is having Christmas dinner with the family around the table

  61. Being with my lovely family

  62. Julie Howarth - November 23, 2017 reply

    Christmas dinner with all the trimmings then watching a Christmas movie

  63. I love decorating the tree, and then, of course, Christmas dinner.

  64. Fairy lights everywhere

  65. Xmas eve all the magic and excitement of getting ready for Santa

  66. Danielle Graves - November 23, 2017 reply

    My favourite part of christmas is seeing my little boys face all happy and excited about if Santa has been and what presents he might have

  67. I love the preparation, I start planning Christmas from about June.

  68. I love having the family together xx

  69. Alexandra McGahey - November 24, 2017 reply

    My favourite part of Christmas is the excitement of the build-up. The most exciting part being Christmas Eve. We watch the movie ‘The Santa Clause’ as a family every Christmas Eve without fail just before we set out the mince pies, carrots and milk. Then we go outside in our new Christmas pyjamas and sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn. After that, we track Santa using NORAD Santa Tracker before we go to bed. Once he’s in Europe we know it’s time for bed before he arrives to us in the UK. That’s when the excitement really kicks in! 🙂

  70. pauline black - November 24, 2017 reply

    the family dinner on Christmas day! All 18 of us!

  71. Maria Jane Knight - November 24, 2017 reply

    Our family traditions like baking a gingerbread house and decorating it, buying a new tree decoration every year, baking sausage rolls on Xmas eve.

  72. paula cheadle - November 24, 2017 reply

    seeing the kids faces on Christmas morning

  73. Seeing my boys playing with their new gifts

  74. time off work and being able to spend time with family and friends enjoying ourselves

  75. My favourite part of Christmas is choosing presents for everyone

  76. Watching my 2 daughters opening there presents and having Christmas dinner playing games 🙂

  77. Playing Christmas games, and eating lots of sweeties 🙂

  78. Having all the family together on Christmas day

  79. Just the fun of getting to spend some quality family time together playing games and eating yummy food!

  80. Digby dragon 🙂

  81. Simone Griffin - November 24, 2017 reply

    I love spending more time with my family x

  82. Miss Tracy Hanson - November 24, 2017 reply

    The fact that the whole family is getting together this year. My sister and brother-in-law are coming over from the States but it’s a secret (no-one will read this apart from me as my parents wouldn’t know how to find a blog). Can’t wait to see my Mum’s face when there’s a knock on the door and she sees my sister and brother-in-law standing there. Also seeing my great-nieces and great-nephew opening their presents, even if the older 2 don’t like opening “squishy” parcels as they know it’s clothes and not toys. They are only 6 and 3 lol.

  83. Cathryn Crawshaw - November 24, 2017 reply

    the christmas panto

  84. Christmas Eve and how excited the kiddies are. The only thing I could do without is them waking up at 10pm to get up and come downstairs thinking it’s the morning lol.

  85. Natalie Crossan - November 24, 2017 reply

    Spending quality time with the family x

  86. Catherine Gregory - November 24, 2017 reply

    This year will be spending it as a Mummy for the first time as my little boy will be 10 weeks Christmas Day

  87. claire little - November 24, 2017 reply


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