Are you doing the Elf On The Shelf with your kids this year? Don’t let your special elf show up from the North Pole this year without a terrific Elf On The Shelf Arrival Letter! Whether you’re welcoming your elf for the first time or your elf’s return, you need this free printable Elf On The Shelf Arrival Letter pack to make your holiday season easier!
NOTE: Please click on any of the letter images to download your free printable arrival letters which include an original poem for each year you want to welcome your awesome elf! 👇
The holiday season is the most magical time of the year. For a long time, I thought that was just a dramatic thing to say, but once I became a parent, I GOT it.
Seeing the wonder and excitement in our child’s eyes completely changed my perspective on the holidays.
And not only is the season magical, but it’s FUN too! Family holiday traditions add structure to a busy season and give everyone events to look forward to.
Welcoming Your Elf On The Shelf With A With A Free Printable Letter
I have created two types of letters to welcome your elf. The first is an Elf on the Shelf welcome letter to use when your family first gets their special elf. The second is a free Elf on the Shelf return letter that you can use each year to welcome your elf back!
NOTE: Feel free to grab and enjoy these printable letters! Please remember that they are for personal use only.
First Visit – Use An Elf On The Shelf Introduction Letter
The first year you welcome your elf is special because you name your elf and establish all the rules concerning your elf.
If this is the first time you welcome your elf, I have a letter you can use as your new Elf on the Shelf arrival welcome letter.
In addition to having a cute letter for your elf’s arrival, you can choose to have him bring a small gift such as Christmas PJs or an advent calendar.
In other words, you can make this super simple by just having your Elf on the Shelf arrive with a letter, or you can add to it by including a small gift.
It’s totally up to you! 😁
Other Years – Use A Welcome Back Elf On The Shelf Arrival Letter
What if this isn’t your first year with your own elf? Well, you won’t need the same Elf on the Shelf arrival letter, right?
Instead, a shorter, simple letter with another cute poem is a great way to welcome your family elf back for the Christmas season. It just briefly reminds the kids of the rules and encourages them to be on their best behavior until Santa Claus comes on Christmas Eve!
If you want to, you can have your elf sign his or her name at the bottom after you print out the Elf on the Shelf arrival letter. Then leave it out for the kids to find!
Really simple, right? I love traditions like this, and know I won’t do them if they are difficult or time-consuming.
Grab your free Elf on the Shelf printables to make this family tradition fun and easy!
With that in mind, if you want an easier way to write your elf’s name on their letters, I recommend getting a custom stamp with your Elf’s name, so your kids don’t recognize your handwriting!
How To Add The Elf On The Shelf Tradition To Your Home
Here are several details of how we use this tradition in our family.
Each family gets to name their Elf on the Shelf, and we named ours Beezy when he first arrived. Don’t ask me how we came up with that name, but it stuck!
When does the Elf On The Shelf arrive?
This is totally up to you, but here’s what we do.
Beezy arrives every year on December 1st.
When he first became a part of our family, he used to arrive on the day after Thanksgiving. But we had one year when Thanksgiving was REALLY early which made for a LONG season of moving and arranging Beezy every night.
He’s been arriving on December 1st ever since!
(thankfully the kids were young enough that they didn’t really notice the change)
When does the Elf on the Shelf leave?
In our house, he leaves the night of Christmas Eve when Santa comes to the house.
Moving Your Elf
Ok, this part of the tradition is both my most dreaded part – and my absolute favorite part!
Remembering to move Beezy and either hide him (so the kids can find him) or get him into mischief can be grueling.
After I finally get the kids settled down and in bed, I sit down to relax for the first time all day and then head to bed myself.
The WORST is when I’m cozy and comfy in bed when it dawns on me…I FORGOT to move the elf! Then comes the internal struggle: do I get up and do it now, or do I wait until morning?
After choosing to wait until the morning one time and getting busted by my kids because they realized Beezy didn’t move, I get back out of bed every time and just do it right then and there.
If you are stuck on what to do with your elf, you’ll want to check out these easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for busy, tired moms!
Finding Your Elf In The Morning
Moving him around every night might be tedious, but…my FAVORITE part is watching the kids come down in the morning and search for Beezy to see where he is and what he’s up to! It’s SO MUCH FUN as a parent!
Overall, it’s been a super fun tradition that both the kids and I look forward to!
Free Elf On The Shelf Arrival Letter Pack
As a mom of 3 boys, I completely understand what the chaos of parenthood and the season is like!
To make it SUPER easy for you, I have made 2 different Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter printables that you can print out and have your Elf bring to your kiddos! Easy peasy, right?
So, are you ready to hit the easy button on this Elf on the Shelf tradition? I’m holding your free Christmas elf arrival letter kit for you!
Want to extend the fun? Add this Elf Report Card pack or set yourself up for success at the end of the holiday season with this Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter and cute Elf Notes pack!
I hope you enjoy these Elf on the Shelf arrival letters…and happy holidays!
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