Elf on the Shelf visits Lowndes County

Published 6:52 pm Friday, December 29, 2023

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By Shelby Mathis

Christmas has come and gone which means Lowndes County residents have said their final goodbyes for the year to their household’s Elves on the Shelves as Santa’s helpers make their way back to Santa’s Workshop.

The elves serve as a reminder for children to remain on Santa’s nice list, as each year they return to their adoptive families from the North Pole to act as agents for the man in red, being his eyes and ears in the field and reporting back to the North Pole about the children’s behavior.

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The rules of having a Scout Elf are simple:

  1. Families must give him or her a name.
  2. Families will not touch the elf, or he/she will lose their magic. 
  3. Elves cannot talk, but they are great listeners, meaning they hear everything. 
  4. The elf is only with a family briefly and will head back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, until next year.

Each night, the elves head back to the North Pole to give Santa a briefing on how their children have been behaving before returning to their home and perching in a new spot for the children to find them the next morning. While some elves are strictly business, some enjoy causing mischief overnight. 

Several Lowndes County families played host to rather mischievous elves this year and chose to share their experiences with the staff of The Lowndes Signal. From zip-lining through their home to breaking into the cleaning cabinets and more, these chaotic critters kept the Christmas magic alive for Lowndes County children while providing a bit of holiday laughter for their parents.