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Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letters {First Time and Returning}

Want to bring back the Elf on the Shelf or explain his arrival with a letter to your child?

Elf on the Shelf arrival letters

These free Elf on the Shelf arrival letters are a great way to bring the magic of this festive tradition to life.

I have got not one but two printable Elf on the Shelf arrival letters for you to download and keep from this article.

Scroll down to grab your freebies!

What is Elf on the Shelf?

The Elf on the Shelf is a fairly new festive tradition that involves a little toy Elf visiting your home.

Parents move the Elf while the kids are asleep so that Elf is somewhere brand new every morning. Sometimes Elf will be doing something simple like hanging out on the Christmas tree.

Elf on the Shelf

Other mornings – depending on how ambitious parents may be feeling – the Elf may be doing something silly or carrying out a prank.

People do all kinds of incredibly creative things with the Elf on the Shelf to entertain kids in the run-up to Christmas.

If you want to find inspiration there are Elf on the Shelf ideas here.

When does Elf on the Shelf arrive?

The first day for the Elf on the Shelf is typically December 1.

If this is the first time you have had an Elf on the Shelf then this is a good opportunity to explain to your child what the tradition is all about.

Ordering the Elf from the official Elf on the Shelf company means you will receive a book explaining more about the story behind it.

How should Elf on the Shelf arrive?

What you do with the Elf on the Shelf on day one is really up to you.

Keeping it simple with an Elf arrival letter can really help, as it introduces the Elf and keeps things low maintenance for you the parent on the first day.

You could try having Elf deliver your children’s advent calendars and include a letter with them as well.

Elf on the Shelf’s arrival is easier to plan if you have had the Elf visit in previous years.

I’ve got two letters to cover both bases – whether this is your first Christmas with the Elf or you’re bringing him back for another year.

They’re suitable for kids from toddlers up to school age children who enjoy the Elf tradition!

Check out my Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas.

Free Elf on the Shelf first time arrival letter

Use this free first time arrival letter for the Elf on the Shelf to introduce your child to the Elf and explain a little about the rules.

This PDF printable single sheet letter features some fun Christmas graphics and a message from Santa.

It explains that children shouldn’t touch the Elf and that he will be moving around their house to make them laugh during December.

Download the free letter here:

Free Elf on the Shelf return arrival letter

If this is not Elf’s first visit to your house then this return arrival letter is a fun way for the Elf to say hello to your child and reintroduce them to the tradition.

Download the letter here:

Free printable Elf on the Shelf arrival letters

Vicky Smith is a mother of two daughters and a journalist. She has been writing and vlogging about parenting for over five years.