From advent calendars to Hallmark Christmas movies, there are plenty of fun ways to count down to Christmas. As the holiday season approaches, we advise you turn your attention to another festive way of celebrating the days leading up to December 25: Elf on the Shelf, the toy (and tradition) that's been inescapable for the last few years. Whether you love or hate Santa’s magical scout elf, you might be more convinced of the former once you hear about these accessories to go with him: adorable elf babies.
If you're not familiar with this divisive ritual, here's the gist: Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition based on a children’s book about an elf that comes to your home to see if your children are being naughty or nice. Every night the elf magically goes back to the North Pole to tell Santa about whether or not your kids have been good enough to make it on the nice list. Since the elf comes back to your home every day, he has to be put in a different spot every morning leading up to Christmas. The only rule for children is that they can’t touch their elf or else the magic might disappear.
Elf babies aren't an official toy from the Elf on the Shelf store, though many are dressed in the red outfits that match the signature elf. Aside from being cute, elf babies are a practical addition to the tradition—one of the main complaints from parents who don’t like Elf on the Shelf is that they run out of ideas of where to place him every morning. One family went so far as to “accidentally” brake their elf’s leg so they wouldn’t have to come up with any more ideas.
But with elf babies, you can mix up and create more scenarios. They can hide with their parent (or parents) or find their own spots throughout your home. You can even change the rules for elf babies and allow your children to touch them, which they'll likely want to do. Did I mention that they're cute? If you'd like expand your Elf on the Shelf family, you can choose from a variety of elf babies from sellers on Amazon and Etsy. From elf babies wearing colorful outfits to twin toddler elves in red and green, check out a few of our favorites below.
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