Looking to add a little whimsy and magic to the holiday season? Want to encourage good behavior from your kiddos? I recommend you introduce them to the new member of your family, the elf on your shelf, with this free elf on the shelf letter.
This free printable elf letter template is a fun way to introduce the elf on the shelf idea to your family. Not familiar with this relatively new holiday tradition?
Basically, Santa sends an elf to your home to keep an eye on the kids and report back. The elf’s report helps determine whether your kids end up on the “naughty” or “nice” list. There are a few “rules” that go along with the elf on the shelf idea, but more on that in a bit.
This rhyming elf on the shelf letter template download will help your kids get accustomed to the idea of the elf on the shelf in a fun and friendly way. Without a nice story to go along with the elf on the shelf, the elf may seem more like a spy or an unwanted guest than a magical friend.
In addition to the printable elf on the shelf letter, you can get your kids excited about the elf on the shelf by staging him or her (they come in different genders) in fun ways, which brings me to the rules. The elf on the shelf:
- Visits between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve he or she hitches a ride with Santa back to the North Pole.
- Can’t move or speak when anyone is looking.
- Can’t be touched by anyone or will lose his or her magic.
The idea is that Mom and Dad move the elf on the shelf around, staging him or her in fun ways, at night. Looking forward to discovering the elf (and his or her shenanigans) each morning becomes a bit of family fun that everyone will look forward to.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you hanging with just this elf letter template. I know that you’ve got enough on your plate during the holiday season without adding the responsibility of coming up with creative ways to position your elf … so here are 25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas to inspire you.
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Personally, I’m a fan of the whole elf on the shelf idea coupled with this printable elf on the shelf letter template download because it has allowed our family to create another fun tradition that my son will remember for years. Plus, it (hopefully) encourages good behavior in the hectic weeks leading up to Christmas.
Tip: Another way I’m trying to tame those hectic pre-holiday weeks is by being super organized. You too can come up with a plan by using these free printable Christmas planner pages!
If you and your family are ready to try out the elf on the shelf idea, snag your free printable elf on the shelf letter template download here!
The elf on the shelf letter isn’t the only letter that needs to be written around the holidays, right? 😉 If you or your kiddo need to get a letter to the Big Man himself, that’s right, I’m taking about Santa Claus, use these printable Santa letter templates free downloads!
Are you and your family putting this printable elf on the shelf letter template download to good use? Share your ideas, how you’re positioning the elf on your shelf, and your elf on the shelf experiences in the comments!