It’s that time again! Time for your family’s friendly elf to arrive! Some choose to let him or her arrive on Thanksgiving night, while others wait until the first week of December. Generally, the elf comes during the night after you put your Christmas tree (which would be crazy at our house since that’s usually mid-November!) No matter when he or she arrives having an Elf on the Shelf Letter is a great way to welcome your holiday friend!
**UPDATED FOR 2020 WITH NEW VERSIONS!
Pair our letters with the Elf on the Shelf book before bedtime and you’re ready for another December of elf antics!
It’s always important to read the book because it helps the kids remember the magic so they don’t try to touch or move your elf during the holiday season.
ELF ON THE SHELF ARRIVAL LETTER
One of the most fun ways you can say hello to your elf friend at the start of each holiday season is with a welcome letter. This comes along with Snowflake, Kringle or whatever name you have chosen for your friend. If you need help choosing a name this year, we can help with tons of Elf on the Shelf names and a generator!
How does it work?
The letter basically says hey from the elf and Santa Claus, and may also come with a small gift for your children – think holiday books, a Christmas DVD or some sweet treats for them to enjoy!
When should you use an Elf on the Shelf arrival letter?
If this is your family’s first year with a visiting elf, you may want to include a small note that introduces the new friend to your kids. This can be as quick and fun or more drawn-out as you want it.
Fun things to include in an Elf on the Shelf introduction letter would be the name of your elf (assuming your child didn’t name it), his interests, a mention of his best friend at the North Pole, and a quick reminder that he will be reporting your children’s behavior to Santa.
What should you include in your Elf on the Shelf welcome letter?
If your kids have already met your elf, you can do more of a welcome letter with him rather than a full intro.
Similar to the introduction letter that your elf may bring on the first visit, the welcome letter offers a big hello to your children after a year of not seeing their friend. The elf may remind them of his name, the importance of not touching him, and to be good to stay on Santa’s nice list.
If you are stumped on what to write in your Elf on the Shelf letter, or simply pressed for time, download the printable arrival letter at this end of this post!
More Elf on the Shelf Welcome Letter Tips
- Have your elf suggest the kids write a letter to Santa asking for their 3-4 most wished for items.
- Include a small ornament kit so your kids can have fun creating a new piece for the Christmas tree.
- Add a fun treat to the letter to get your kids more excited about the Elf on the Shelf’s arrival! Think hot cocoa, movie, or candy!
Don’t Forget the Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter!
It’s also a neat idea to have your elf bid farewell on paper when Christmas Eve arrives. Traditionally, your elf will fly back to the North Pole or hitch a ride when Santa Claus comes to drop off presents and grab the cookies and milk you leave out.
If your children tend to be emotional with goodbyes, an elf on the shelf return letter can be a great way to help them cope with missing their little buddy once Christmas Day comes.
DOWNLOAD OUR FREE PRINTABLE ELF ON THE SHELF LETTER FOR ARRIVAL & GOODBYE!
I know that creativity can be running thin with the busy holidays. If you want to include a letter with your elf’s arrival or return, you can download and print the cute letters below to make it easier! Or you can just use one as an Elf on the Shelf arrival letter template to help you create your own!
Click below to download your printable Elf on the Shelf letters:
UPDATED FOR 2020:
I’ve created new versions of both the Elf Letter and the Goodbye Letter that I’m using with my kids and I wanted to making them available to everyone. I’ve got the Elf on the Shelf Welcome Letter photographed and the Goodbye Letter is in the same theme.
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