To quote Andy Williams, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” Decorating is in full swing, Holiday music is the only sound on the radio, and timeless family traditions re-emerge to brighten the Christmas spirit. Truly, the holiday season is full of joy, hope and, as you'll see in this next story, a little surprise!
12 years ago, the Aebersold family introduced to the world, the now-perennial phenomenon known as “Elf-on-the-Shelf” and, since that day, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas have never been the same. The origin of the tradition was inspired by the famous Christmas jingle, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
You know how it goes: “He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake!” It was those lines that sparked an international curiosity; kids would ask their parents, “How does he know if I’ve been bad or good?” When one particular little girl asked her mom that question, Elf-on-the-Shelf was born.
More than 50 years ago, little Carol Aebersold asked her parents that popular question. That’s when her mom came up with the concept of the elf! She said, “Well, Santa knows Fisbee.” (Fisbee was a little stuffed elf that Carol played with) Carol still seemed confused, so her mother went on, “Every night, when you go to bed, Fisbee flies back to the North Pole and tells Santa if you were a good girl.” Carol nodded in understanding.
At that point, Carol’s mom decided to embellish on Fisbee’s list of duties; she added that each time Fisbee returned from The North Pole, he would hide in a new place in the house. Each morning, when Carol awoke, she would hop out of bed and anxiously search for Fisbee. You see, she never knew where he would be hiding.
Ever since that first year, Carol had looked forward to Fisbee and finding him somewhere in the house. She never knew where he would be hiding and it excited her. So, when she became a mom herself, she introduced her daughter to Fisbee, or otherwise known as “Elf-on-the-Shelf.”
Years later, Carol took the concept of Elf-on-the-Shelf public. The family tradition turned into an internationally known tradition and, for the past 12 years, kids around the world have been minding their behavior because they think Santa’s scout is watching them. The bonus is that every day there is a game of hide-and-seek with Santa’s little helper!
So if you are a parent or a grandparent, pick yourself up an Elf-on-the-Shelf and perk up your little one’s holiday season! Your kids will love you for it!