It’s that time of year! Moms and dads start looking for their family elf and we start researching new Elf on the Shelf products and ideas. There’s always something new to add to the elf fun.
This year we had some help in our research. Santa’s helpers from Elf on the Shelf hired us to partner with them to share their exciting news. Not only are there new Elf on the Shelf products, but there’s also a new Elf on the Shelf movie, Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale.
As part of our Elf on the Shelf partnership, we had an opportunity to see the movie, learn about the new products, and interview Chanda Bell, Elf on the Shelf Founder and Co-CEO.
About Chanda Bell, Elf on the Shelf Founder and Co-CEO
Chanda A. Bell is an American author, entrepreneur and writer/director from Atlanta, Georgia. A self-described storyteller, she is the co-CEO and creative force behind the international consumer products and entertainment company Creatively Classic Activities and Books, LLC (CCA & B, LLC). While she is best known for her role as the co-author of the perennial best-selling title The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition and the author of the Elf Pets® franchise, she is also a managing partner in Big Canoe Entertainment and an owner of CCA & B, LLC’s subsidiary, Scout Elf Productions™, where she serves as an executive producer. Click over to learn more about Chanda Bell.
Watch our interview with Chanda Bell from Elf on the Shelf
What’s New for Elf on the Shelf?
We’ve been sharing Elf on the Shelf ideas for years. From the looks of it our readers and fans love their elves as much as we love ours. But we know when you’ve been setting your elf out year after year it can be hard to come up with new creative ideas. That’s why we continue to add to our Elf on the Shelf ideas and share new products with you.
To make it easier to get these Elf on the Shelf items in your home we’ve added links to purchase them on Amazon. We participate in an affiliate program with Amazon that earns us a commission on items you purchase using the Amazon links listed here.
Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale DVD
The first thing that’s new for Elf on the Shelf is a movie. As part of the Elf on the Shelf event in New York City I had a chance to watch Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale DVD. It was a sweet tale about hope and the Christmas spirit. Through the movie we see how it is truly the Christmas spirit that helps Santa fly through the night and make it to every home. The animation is beautiful. Watching the glowing Northern Lights and the sparkle in Nola, the fox’s tale, was awe-inspiring. Even the adults will appreciate it.
Grandparents raising grandchildren and military families with a parent abroad will especially relate to the story as these are important themes to the movie.
About the Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale DVD
How does Santa travel the whole world in one night? Set against the backdrop of the mystical Northern Lights, Scout Elf Newsey investigates as a little boy named Michael, The Elf on the Shelf Scout Elves and loads of adorable Elf Pets Arctic Foxes find out for themselves that nothing is more powerful than hope—not even Santa!
Running time: 27 minutes.
At this time the movie is not scheduled to air on TV or cable. You can ONLY watch it by having the DVD. You can get your own copy of the Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale on Amazon. Although you can get the DVD by itself, I like this gift set because it includes a hard cover story book along with the plush fox from the story. Trust me, once your child watches A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale, he or she is going to want that beautiful fox.
Orna-POP! Advent Countdown
The next addition to the product line is an Elf on the Shelf advent calendar. This interactive, action-packed holiday countdown provides fun for the whole family! Kids bop and pop self-inflating mylar ornaments for a variety of reveals, including jokes, riddles and games. Watch the video below and then get this Elf on the Shelf advent calendar on Amazon.
Orna-Moments Snowflake Snowmobile
The last product new for Elf on the Shelf that we’re featuring is the Orna-Moments Snowflake Snowmobile. It’s a DIY craft, ornament and elf idea in one! Pop the puzzle-like pieces together to make this Scout Elf-size snowmobile and ornament; leave it out for your elf—for the thrill of racing across wintry slopes!
Think of this as TWO nights of Elf on the Shelf fun. The first night your elf brings the craft kit. The second night you pose your elf enjoying the new snowmobile. For more ideas on things to do with your Elf on the Shelf visit our 101 Elf on the Shelf ideas. For more Orna-Moments Elf on the Shelf kits like this visit Amazon.
MORE New Elf on the Shelf products
Of course there are more products that are new for Elf on the Shelf this year than we could fit into this post. We encourage you to visit the original Elf on the Shelf site to see the full Elf on the Shelf product line.
For ideas on how to dress your Elf on the Shelf visit our Elf on the Shelf outfit collection.
What is your favorite part of having an Elf on the Shelf in your home?