Frequently asked questions about Santa’s Elves and the Christmas Elf tradition
What is the Christmas Elf tradition?
It’s a fun festive tradition where you invite one of Santa’s Elves to stay in your home in the run-up to Christmas. Elves are supposed to visit human families to watch the kids and report to Santa on whether they have been good or not. Far from being stern disciplinarians these playful creatures help build the festive excitement through surprises, jokes and activities and can often be rather mischievous themselves. Find out more about the Christmas Elf Tradition.
Who do Santa’s Elves visit?
Like Santa, Christmas Elves only visit children who really believe in the magic. They have been known to start visiting children as young as 18 months, or even younger, especially if they have older siblings.
As for the upper age limit – well, as long as the children believe, Christmas Elves will continue to visit! Older siblings often enjoy helping younger brothers and sisters to look after their elf. If your elf lacks imagination, there’s a chance that older children will have plenty to spare and will whisper ideas for mischief and adventure in your Christmas elf’s ears!
When does my Christmas Elf arrive?
Christmas Elves can arrive anytime, but typically he or she will appear around the first of December and stay until Christmas Eve. In the United States, they usually arrive after Thanksgiving and in some Scandinavian countries they only stay for 12 days before Christmas. But remember, just like people, each elf is unique, so don’t worry if yours is late, he or she will come back just as soon as he or she is able!
How do I ask Santa to send one of his Elves?
The Elves are very busy, so ask Santa to send a Christmas Elf early. This will leave plenty of time for the Elves to finish their work at the North Pole! Simply write a letter to Santa asking him to send a Christmas Elf to visit. With your parents’ permission, your elf will arrive in December to stay with you in the run up to Christmas and will come back every year.
My Christmas Elf has arrived – do I need to do anything to start the magic?
Elves are mysterious creatures and in most cases the magic will start on its own. Giving your elf a name (if he or she hasn’t already got one) or sprinkling magic snow flakes or glitter is said to help bring your elf alive too.
Can I touch my Elf?
All elves are different. Some Christmas Elves may lose their magic if they are touched, while others thrive on cuddles. Follow your instinct to work out it your elf likes hugs or not. Some elves arrive with with a book or an elf introduction letter that will explain to you how to look after them.
If you have touched your elf and were not meant to, don’t worry. Simply sprinkle a little cinnamon beside him or her before you go to bed. Cinnamon is like vitamins for elves, and it will help your elf recover his magic powers.
What if my Elf hasn’t moved?
Don’t worry. Sometimes your elf might stay in the same spot for a few days. There are a host of reasons why your elf might not move. He could have a favourite place in the house or might be tired, poorly or just too hot. Find out why your elf might stay on his shelf and spark his imagination with our fun Christmas elf ideas.
Like people, all elves have different temperaments and some like to stay quietly in one place while others are hugely creative and will think up mischief and adventure every night!
Why doesn’t my Elf stay with me all year?
There are so many things that need to be done to help Santa at the North Pole. On Christmas Eve night most of the Elves will return to the North Pole to help Santa deliver presents to children around the world. After that they will take a much needed rest before starting on the long preparations for the following Christmas.
Although it is sad to see the Elf go, this special friend will magically return each December to celebrate Christmas again. A whole year is a long time and some elves will occasionally visit for birthdays and other special occasions – as long as the parents allow for his stay of course!
What does my Elf tell Santa?
Your Christmas reports when you’ve been good. He will also personally delivery your letter to Santa and help Santa choose your gifts.
Do you try hard to do you best at school? Are you kind and helpful? Your Elf will adore all this and report straight back to Santa. If you have a special message for Santa, you can whisper that to your elf, too.
Why do I see Christmas Elves in shops? I thought they came from Santa.
All Christmas Elves come from the North Pole. Some arrive directly from the North Pole to your house, but Santa has also set up adoption centres in shops (online and on the high street) so each child that wants to host an elf can easily get one. Much like you would go to the pet shop to adopt a rabbit or other animal, you can adopt a Christmas Elf too.
The important thing to remember is that no matter how an elf gets to his or her family, they are all on the same special mission: to bring fun and festive cheer in the run-up to Christmas. Find out where to buy a Christmas elf online.