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How do you use an elf on the shelf?

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To use an Elf on the Shelf, purchase an elf doll, place it on a shelf, and move it to a different spot every night. The elf is said to keep an eye on children and reports their behavior to Santa.

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The Elf on the Shelf is a fairly new Christmas tradition. The elf is supposed to serve as Santa's assistant, keeping an eye out for good or bad behavior. It leaves the house every night to return to the North Pole and give a report to Santa. The elf then returns to the home and rests in a different spot. Children may not touch the elf, as touching it takes away its magic. To use an Elf on the Shelf, use the following steps.

  1. Purchase an Elf on the Shelf
  2. To get started, purchase an Elf on the Shelf figure.

  3. Register the elf (optional)
  4. Parents can register official Elf on the Shelf products on the company's website. Registration provides adoption certificates and a letter from Santa.

  5. Place the Elf on a Shelf
  6. Place the elf on a shelf anywhere in the home.

  7. Move the elf
  8. Sometime during the night, move the elf to a new spot in the home. Parents can get creative and incorporate the elf into existing home decor or toys. Move the elf every night until Christmas arrives.

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