27 Surprising Things You Don't Know About the Elf on the Shelf, Straight From the Creator
Over the past 11 years, families across the country have become enthralled with a new holiday tradition: the Elf on the Shelf. As this magical story and seasonal figure have been welcomed into millions of homes with kids counting down until his or her arrival and parents cracking themselves up with where the elf lands next, there's still a lot about this new tradition that parents don't know.
After growing up in a home where an elf made appearances every holiday, Chanda Bell brought the idea to her mom about doing something more with their family's legend. Although the two had no experience, they got to work on writing the book and this stay-at-home mother of two saw her vision take off over the past decade. Chanda chatted with POPSUGAR to discuss the early days — like how even though homegrown project is insanely successful now, book publishers originally passed — and other interesting tidbits that even diehard elf-lovers might not know. Check out these 27 fun facts about your beloved elf and the original family behind it.