Elf on the Shelf Story – printable peom

Elf on a Shelf - printable poem! So cute and perfect to use when your elf comes!

Who has an Elf on a Shelf? My kids have grown quite fond of our elf, and I kinda don’t mind. They know that their elf is keeping an eye on them and is reporting back to Santa each night. We are always reminding them that Buddy (our elf) is watching and knows if they are being naughty or nice. Seems to work because they usually start behaving when we remind them of this each day.

Since you can’t copy the Real Elf on the Shelf story, my cousin’s hubby decided to write an Elf on the Shelf POEM that tells the Elf on the Shelf story. It was so cute that I decided to make a printable of it for others to use as well. It’s great for when you first introduce the Elf to your family or as a reminder when he comes each year.

This is the first version we made several years ago…

Elf on the Shelf Story

{Just click on the image, click again and then right click and save}

And Rebecca from Dreaming for More Hours in a Day sent another “official” version of this poem that she is sharing on this site too.

Elf on the Shelf poem from Dreaming for More Hours in a Day!! How cute!!

{To download, click on the image above and then right-click and SAVE – Thanks, Rebecca!!!}

And this is the new version we made thanks to my designer, Kendra John Designs.

And in case you are looking for more Elf Fun, be sure to check out the following sites:

For more cute Christmas ideas be sure to check out:

Naughty or Nice List Printable

FREE Naughty or Nice List Printable!! Great way to get your kids to be nice!!

Santa’s Nice List Certificate

"Official" Santa's Nice List Certificate - download, print and give to your children to let them know Santa put them on the Nice List.

For all Christmas ideas go HEREFor all Free Prints go HERE.


FREE Elf on a Shelf printable poem - perfect to use this holiday season!!


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Forgive me but there’s a typo: “Then each night to the NoRth Pole via the airport.” (i.e., the R is missing). It’s no big deal to me (I have to re-type anyway because of the Australian spelling of a few words), but I thought you might like to know.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration. I’m going to use the poem as a starting off point for mine.


  2. Thank you for this!! I am a stay at home mom and the real elf on the shelf is a little out of our budget but I love the idea! I already have a cute little elf that I want to use for this I was just looking for a great story or poem to explain what it is all about!

  3. I love this poem!!! I can’t afford to buy the original elf on the shelf but found a really cute one at a craft store. This poem is just too cute and much better than the original version in my eyes! Thank you soo much for sharing it!

  4. This is great!!!. I was a little reluctant to purchase the original Elf on the Shelf. I wasnt sure if my two year old would grasp the concept…I know kids are a lot smarter then we think ..lol SO I Found an adorable elf at The Dollar Tree, yup for only 1$. I hide the elf, printed the poem out and pretended Santa had just sent an email. After we had read the poem we went hunting for the elf…she was so excited when we found him. Thank you again!

  5. Thank you! I bought a less creepy elf at Costco, but now found out you can’t buy just the book anywhere! This is perfect!

  6. There is a DVD you can get that explains the story
    It’s called ‘An Elfs Story’ from Argos, Amazon, eBay it’s currently £2.99 with free delivery from Argos

  7. Thanks for sharing! I’ve really been struggling with the whole “elf” idea. Everyone has theirs doing things naughty, I really don’t like that at all. I think too often we take the “real” meaning of Christmas out and feel it with things that aren’t at all what Christmas is about. Our elf will be teaching our kids about the real meaning of Christmas and reporting back to Santa about their behavior while also bringing messages of Christ back to the kids. The whole idea is really warming up to me now. I dig the poem!!!

  8. Thank you for this! We have a hand-me-down elf but it didnt come with the book. Turns out you cant buy just the book which is so silly. Thanks for helping me save $30!!

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