It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With the hustle and bustle of December in full swing, there are lots of holiday traditions to consider. One of my favorites is The Elf on the Shelf. If you know me, then you know our beloved elf Henrietta, who visits each night and prepares a magical scene for the kiddos to wake up to each morning.

In that spirit, I asked Henrietta to participate in a Q&A about The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.

KM: Can you tell me a little about The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition?

Henrietta: As an official scout elf, I love to help Santa and my fellow elves spread Christmas cheer to children of all ages. Only the best elves are selected for adoption by a family. Once we are adopted and given a name, we then receive our Christmas magic in order to fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures.

KM: Seems like a very important job. Do you get tired flying back and forth each night to the North Pole?

Henrietta: Indeed, it is. Not at all! We elves love flying, and it brings us great joy to return to our family and set up a fun scene to quietly watch the day’s fun. Besides, it’s really cool to see the kiddos race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning.

KM: I noticed you are wearing a skirt and some stylish boots. Did Mrs. Claus make those for you?

Henrietta: Aren’t they the cutest? They are part of the official Claus Couture Collection®. You wouldn’t believe how many accessories we have. Mrs. Claus definitely has an eye for fashion and has made us a variety of cozy gear for our trips back and forth to the North Pole.

KM: I had no idea! What is your favorite piece in the collection?

Henrietta: Well, I really do love the satin tiered skirt but on the Sundays, I typically wear my scout-elf game-day-jersey. You should see how much fun we have when we get to join in on the reindeer games!

KM: I can’t believe you have been with us for three years now. What are some of the craziest adventures you have been on?

Henrietta: That’s a tough question. I always enjoy a good sack race, movie night is always fun, then there’s the time I got to soak in a marshmallow bath, did the limbo with Rudolph and Frosty, went fishing, had a tea party with the girls. I could go on and on…

KM: Geez, I had no idea how much fun you get to have. I understand you starred in your very own movie. What was that like?

Henrietta: Snow much fun! It’s called An Elf’s Story and was released in 2011 and follows the McTuttle family as they adopt their very own scout elf, Chippey. It has lots of music and reminds us that Christmas is something we carry in our hearts. Did you know we also have books and elf figurines available?

KM: Who knew, Henrietta?! Sounds like there are some great marketing geniuses behind everything you elves do.

Henrietta: If you are talking about Santa, then you are correct! Don’t forget about our Elf Pets?

KM: Looks like you are a marketing genius too! I noticed how you slipped that plug in. What are you most excited about as you and the scout elves visit families this year?

Henrietta: Well, I always love to see the smiles that we bring to our families, but I am really excited for the new Ideas for Scout Elves app that Santa recently launched. Sometimes it’s hard for the moms and dads to come up with something for us to do each night, so we created an inspirational photo feed and alert for parents of scout elves. You get to see photos of all different kinds of scout elves in action – each captured by Mrs. Claus for her North Pole scrapbook.

KM: I will definitely have to check that out! Do you mind if I share images of you with my friends to help them with their own Elf on the Shelf adventures? As you know, I log everything you do on a special Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board.

Henrietta: Most definitely! I love spreading Christmas cheer, and I hope I was able to give you a glimpse into my world. Sorry I have to run, I have to get ready for tonight’s flight to the North Pole to check in with Santa.

As you can probably tell, The Elf on the Shelf tradition, along with all of its marketing genius, is alive and well.

Do you have a favorite elf on the shelf idea to share? What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Kelly McGrath is Account Director at AKHIA.