With Christmas just a couple of days away soon it will be time to say goodbye to your Elf on the Shelf, and some of the cheeky elves like to leave a farewell letter.
But how will your elf say goodbye to your children?
One idea is to write a festive farewell letter and some parents even leave gifts from the elves as a treat for them being well-behaved in the run up to Christmas.
What should the letter say?
The letter can say whatever you want it to say. You can find some great printable letters if you search online, but it might be nicer to write a personalised letter instead – just make sure you disguise your handwriting.
You can tell your child how proud you are for behaving themselves (most of the time) and explain why your elf has to return to the North Pole to be with Father Christmas and how it’s important not to be sad because he will be back again next year.
When should you leave the letter?
Usually, the Elf on the Shelf returns to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, when Santa picks him up after delivering the presents to your home.
If you are planning to give your child a Christmas Eve box then maybe your elf can leave the letter inside to prepare them for their departure in the evening.
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Some other ideas include preparing a ‘North Pole’ breakfast on Christmas Eve morning including tree-shaped toast, gingerbread, hot chocolate and even candy canes and marshmallows.
You can dress up your elves like chefs and tell the kids they have made a goodbye meal for them.