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Why we love elf on the shelf

by | Nov 18, 2021 | Celebrations, Free Printables, Giveaways | 56 comments

The countdown has begun… It won’t be long now… And we can’t WAIT! This will be the 4th year our Elf on the Shelf ®, Mr. Eddy McJingles returns! What will Eddy get up to? Where will he be hiding? Will he bring a friend or two? Eddy brings so much joy, fun, excitement and just a touch of extra festive magic to our home and that’s exactly why we love Elf on the Shelf so much!

It’s a family tradition and everyone plays along…

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So How does it All work?

  • STEP 1: Adopted your Scout Elf from one of Santa’s trusted adoption agencies. – I’ve listed them at the end of the post. We decided on a boy, because Mr. Perfect is already outnumbered by all of us girls.
  • STEP 2: Name your Scout Elf. We wanted something special, joyful and fun – just like our elf so, after much debate we finally agreed upon, Eddy McJingles!
  • Now for the FUN. With some of Santa’s magic, Scout Elves can fly back to the North Pole each night. Reporting to Santa but don’t worry, they are sure to be back in the morning. Waiting to be discovered in a new spot.
  • Scout Elves are always nice and can’t wait to play, planning silly and sweet ways to bring magic into the Christmas season.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Scout Elves fly wherever they need using Christmas magic, but be careful, a Scout Elf will lose their magic if touched by human hands.
  • However, mistakes do happen… So, if your Scout Elf is touched; write a “sorry” note to Santa, sprinkle a little cinnamon – it’s like vitamins for elves or turn up the Christmas carols. Your Scout Elf is sure to be flying again in no time.
  • You may have noticed… Scout Elves don’t speak. They watch and listen and only talk while in the North Pole but please share your own wishes and thoughts, they might just be able to help them come true.
  • Scout Elves only visit once a year (maybe twice – on your birthday -if you ask Santa nicely) and leave the night before Christmas, ready to get back to the workshop, prepping for next Christmas.
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There is so much more to learn about Scout Elves and thankfully each comes with a beautifully illustrated kid’s book explaining every detail.
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Our girls read The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition® story over and over again. And this year will be extra special seeing as Eliana will be able to read it to all of us! Giving mom and dad the opportunity to listen and enjoy along.

The Elf on the Shelf : A Christmas Tradition®

This pretty keepsake box contains everything you need to make lasting Christmas memories!

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  • Adoptable Scout Elf who plays hide-and-seek
  • Artfully illustrated hardcover children’s book
  • Keepsake box
  • Official adoption certificate
The biggest challenge for our girls is not touching our Scout Elf. He’s just so cute! Who can blame them? That’s why we simply had to adopt an Elf Pet too.
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The Elf on the Shelf and Elf Pets are the perfect team for fun family moments.

Unlike Scout Elves, Elf Pets love and need to be cuddled and held. At 1st it was a Saint Bernard pup that stole our hearts. The girls loved sharing him so we decided to add another four-legged friend…

A mystical Arctic Fox Cub!

Elf Pets®: Artic Fox Cub

Adopt an Elf Pet Arctic Fox and keep Santa on schedule making his journey in one magical night! More hope is needed to save “The Song of Christmas” and, in turn, the Christmas Eve flight. Only kids who prove they believe by swirling the fox’s snowglobe can truly save the day!

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  • Beautifully illustrated hardbound storybook, explaining
  • Huggable Arctic Fox
  • Magical glow-in-the-dark snowglobe charm
  • Official adoption certificate
Elf Pets: A Saint Bernard Tradition®

Adopt an Elf Pet Saint Bernard to keep Christmas magical at the North Pole! More Christmas Spirit is needed to save the North Pole, so Santa is sending Saint Bernard pups to kids who believe.

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  • Beautifully illustrated hardbound storybook
  • Huggable Saint Bernard puppy
  • Barrel featuring golden heart charm
  • Official adoption certificate
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Now for some added spunk with Claus Couture®

Scout Elves have style and love dressing in the latest festive fashions. Designed by Mrs. Claus herself! Each item in the Claus Couture Collection® is hand-crafted in the North Pole, and available for families to give as special gifts to their Scout Elf.

Each item is distinct and shows off your Scout Elf’s unique personality!

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Just note, Santa has specific instructions for using these fun elf outfits and accessories, just to keep the elves safe.

Simply place the tiny outfit of your choice where your Scout Elf can see it. He/she will slip into their elf clothing before the nightly flight to the North Pole.

Options available this year:

  • Mighty Superhero
  • Snowflake Skirt & Scarf
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Silly fun and loads of giggles with Mr. Mc Jingles and his friends are why we love elf on the shelf!

Sounds good? You can join us too!

Santa’s official Scout Elves are waiting for you to adopt them now from:

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And guess what? We have a Scout Elf for one lucky reader too!

Your Scout Elf will also bring along your own St Bernard Tradition pup and 1 Elf Couture outfit.

Total Prize Value: Over R1000!

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How to ENTER:

  1. Please leave a comment below telling us if you’d like a boy or girl elf.

Extra entries:

Doing all 3 means you’ll have more chances of winning!

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  1. Only entries via Instagram, Facebook and comments left below will be considered.
  2. Instagram and Facebook is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. Competition only open to South African residents residing in South Africa.
  4. Winner must be 18+ years old.
  5. Competition closes on the 24th of November 2021.
  6.  The winner is picked at random and announced thereafter.
  7. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  8. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.
  9. By entering this competition you hereby declare your understanding of the aforementioned information and consent to the processing of your information in accordance with the POPI ACT as your personal information will need to be passed onto third parties who are partnered with us, for purposes relating to the competition only.
  10. The greatest care will be taken when mailing your prize but Just a Mamma and  Elf on the Shelf SA do not accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.
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  1. Theshnee

    Would love a boy elf for my sons

    • Melissa de Klerk

      I would love a girl Elf!

    • Kavitha Ramklown

      My kids would love a boy elf

      • Kelly Jennings

        Girls please

      • Ruanne

        Our Lovelies would love a girl elf!

    • Lisa-marie

      I would love a girl elf please for my sassy little 3 year old 😍😍

  2. Karin Franks

    My 2 little girls would love a girl elf!

    • Janine Stevenson

      A little girl elf please.

    • Lizette

      Girl Elf Please 🎄😍👌👏😁😘

    • Marile Seyffert

      My little girl would love a girl elf please

      • Michelle van Huyssteen

        We would love a girl elf

    • Rylee Kao

      I have an boy elf for me and my little brother so girl elf to match it 😀😀😀

  3. Anushka Maharajh Moonilal

    A girl elf

  4. Natasha

    Girl Elf please 🎄🎅🧑‍🎄

    • Rachelle

      My little boy would love a boy Elf🥰

    • Laurene

      Girl elf

    • Kerry Verster

      A girl elf 😍

  5. Andi Chegwidden

    We need a boy elf for my little boy. ❤️

    • Maritza

      We would love it if a boy elf could join our family for the festive season. It would make my son very happy.

    • Tiaan de Lange

      Boy Elf. Please 😁

  6. Anushka Ajith

    My daughter would love a girl elf please ❤

    • Emily

      Would love a gal elf

  7. Kerry

    Would love a boy elf! Hoping to start this tradition with our kids this year

    • Mark Gavin Sylvester


  8. Rehana seedat

    Boy elf

    • Michelle Le Roux Dale

      I would love a boy elf for little Milan.

    • Maritza

      Would love a boy elf 💙 for my son. Christmas is his favourite time of the year.

  9. Michelle Mulligan

    We would love a little girl elf 🥰

    • Samantha Theron

      We would love a boy Elf🙂

  10. Kara Klopper

    Our family would love a little girl elf to join our family.

  11. Dawn Wallenkamp

    Girl elf for my little Princess

  12. Lorain den Boogert

    A boy and girl elf

  13. Marelize van den Berg

    Girl elf please 🥰

  14. Marise

    A boy elf please for my son. 🙏🏻😊

  15. Maritza

    My son would love to have a boy elf join our family

  16. Liezel Bruwer

    Would love a boy elf!

  17. Jenna Marsh

    Would love a boy elf xxx

  18. Thanishiya

    Boy elf for my #3under3

  19. Jessica

    I think a boy elf would be loads of fun for my tiny humans – they’d enjoy the magic and mischief.

  20. Yolanda Nell

    We would love a boy elf 😍

  21. Cecile

    Girl Elf please, to represent the mamma.

  22. Suzanne van Rooyen

    A little boy elf!

  23. Lindsay Erasmus

    Elfie has been a part of our family for 6 years now. We would love to add a little girl elf to our family 😍

  24. Jenna

    My daughter has been wishing all year long to have a boy Elf!

  25. Liandi Viljoen

    A boy elf! 😊

  26. Sandra

    Would like a girl Elf. This would be my 3rd year doing Elf on a Shelf and Elfie would like a sister to help him get into trouble. Someone else he can blame for his naughtyness

  27. Sarah Erdmann-Burns

    Girl Elf please!

  28. Yolande

    I’d love a boy elf 💙

  29. Linzy Kastis

    Would love a girl elf for our family.

  30. Amy

    A girl elf please

  31. Erika

    Would love a girl elf for my daughter.

  32. thea lennox

    Would love to have a little girl elf for my little Lilly.


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