KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Elf on a shelf is a Christmas tradition that started in East Tennessee.
In this tradition, Santa sends his scout elves to Elf Adoption Centers where they hibernate or wait for a family to bring them home by reading “The Elf on the Shelf.”
The family gives their elf a special name and registers their online adoption. Then each scout elf receives its Christmas magic and becomes part of the family’s Christmas each year.
The elves can’t be touched or they could lose their magic, but they listen and relay messages to Santa.
After the family goes to bed each night, the scout elf flies back to the North Pole to make a daily report to Santa on who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.
Author Carol Aebersold shared her story about when her elf first appeared in her Oak Ridge home decades ago.