The story describes how Santa’s “scout Elves” hide in people’s homes to watch over events, in this case, Reveal’s Office. Once everyone goes to bed, the scout elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa the activities, good and bad, that have taken place throughout the day. Before Reveal’s office comes in each morning, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides or can cause mischief. Scout elf plays ongoing games between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Elf on the Shelf explains that scout elves get their magic by being named and being loved by children. In the back of each book, Reveal has an opportunity to write their elf’s name and the date that it was adopted. Once the elf is named, the scout elf receives its special Christmas magic, which allows it to fly to and from the North Pole.
The book tells how the magic might disappear if the scout elf is touched, so the rule for The Elf on the Shelf states, “There’s only one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know.” Although families are told not to touch their scout elf, they can speak to it and tell it all their Christmas wishes so that it can report back to Santa accurately.
The story ends on Christmas Day with the elf leaving to stay with Santa for the rest of the year until the following Christmas season.
November 29, 2017: The Elf strikes again and has a little toilet paper fun with Martin. “Do you want to build a snowman?”
November 21, 2017: The Elf made an appearance and showered Steven’s office with pretty little snowflakes.
November 10, 2017: Santa delivered Reveal’s adopted elf to the office with gifts for the leadership team and the children were asked to suggest names for the Elf.