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It’s that time of year again. Families are welcoming one of Santa’s very own elves, known collectively as The Elf on the Shelf, into their home to help keep an eye on who is being naughty and nice. These elves have special Christmas magic that helps them keep an eye on the house by day and then fly back to the North Pole to report to Santa every night. The elves are adopted into each family and given a unique name – from Fufu and Scout to Bones, Juliet, Sam and Mr. Peepers.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

While these elves are cute as can be, they also have a mischievous side. They have been known to turn milk green, draw mustaches on pictures, and even swing from the ceiling fan. But, come Christmas Eve, the elves head back to the North Pole, their job for the year done.

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HGTV decided to join in on the fun and adopt our own Elf on the Shelf. Follow HGTV on Instagram @HGTV to see the adventures that our elf gets into during the first 12 Days of Christmas. Keep track of the elf and on the final day, Wednesday December 12, we’ll ask a question about our elf here on the blog (ex: Where was the elf on Day 6?). Answer the question on the blog and one random winner will win the HGTV Elf and a $100 American Express Gift Card.

HGTV Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf watching over your house? Share their adventures with us on Instagram using #HGTVelf



9 Responses

  1. Logan says:

    Love the article!! Great idea!!

  2. Tony Cartlidge says:

    Great article as usual, Abbi, but what's up with these creepy critters? It's all a bit Big Mother. Jeremy Bentham would be proud.

  3. judy says:

    I will be watching to see what your elve is up to. I love all Christmas traditions and this one is lots of fun.

  4. Deb says:

    Loved the article. Good to know others are having as much fun as we are. Not sure who loves our elf "Pezie" more……my granddaughter or me! The other day Pezie was sitting in the pizza box on the counter eating the crumbs. Hilarious.

  5. Jaimie says:

    Cute elves.

  6. Shirley Jezewski says:

    I bought 3 elves 45 yrs ago as my FIRST Christmas decor for my hope chest. Every year since then I have placed 2 of them wrapped around the handles on my kitchen cabinets and one sitting on top of the thermostat. I did not know they were "Elves of the Shelf" until last year when my daughter heard about them and told me that was what they were!! They are beat up, but are still one of my most treasured Xmas decors and come out each year. My kids still remember seeing them and laugh at how long I have kept them!!

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  8. Lindsey says:

    I have a girl named rosie she wrote me a letter that said she loved me

Abbi McCollumAbbi is Programming Director of HGTV.com and a contributor to Design Happens. She shares her home with her chef husband - who loves to cook a meal using every pan...


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