The holiday season may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean your Elf on the Shelf can’t have one more piece of fun before they leave! With this cute Elf on the Shelf goodbye letter, your elf can leave your children one final message before they head back to the North Pole. It’s such a fun way to end the Christmas season and say farewell to your elf.
Printable Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter
Your Elf on the Shelf arrives at the beginning of the holiday season. And while they typically travel to the North Pole each night to report back to Santa, they always return to land in a new spot in your home.
If you need an Elf Arrival Letter, click here to download your FREE Printable Elf Letter. We have one for first-time arrivals and a return letter for elves who are coming back again! They both work great as an easy introduction letter for your first day of elf antics.
This letter coordinates with the good bye letter if you’re looking for matching design.
But your elf can’t stay in your house forever! At some point, they’ll need to return back to the North Pole until next year.
Sadly, they eventually have to say good bye.
When Does Elf on the Shelf Leave?
Typically, Elf on the Shelf leaves your house to travel back to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve because their job is finished. And if your kids are new to having an elf visit your house, they may be wondering where their elf has gone when they wake up on Christmas morning. An Elf on the Shelf goodbye letter is a great way to explain to your kids where their elf is going and when they will return.
Elf on the Shelf Farewell Letter
Let your kids know that their elf is getting ready to head back to the North Pole with the help of this cute printable departure letter. The letter explains that your family’s elf is ready to return to the North Pole to help Santa prepare for next year’s Christmas festivities and that their elf will return next year.
It’s a free printable letter to make life easy during this busy time of year!
Print out the letter and set it next to your elf on Christmas Eve so your kids will be sure to see it. Then, let them read the letter and give their elf a goodbye hug before he heads back to the North Pole to help Santa.
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Can My Kids Touch the Elf on the Shelf?
One of the only rules that comes with having an Elf on the Shelf is that the kids aren’t allowed to touch their elf or the elf’s magic will be lost.
So why does my printable letter say that the kids can give their elf a goodbye hug? In our house, the no-touching rule is lifted on the last day of their elf’s visit so they can give their elf a proper goodbye.
We give the kids time to bid farewell before the elves leave for another year.
While that’s not an “official” Elf on the Shelf rule, it’s a great way for the kids to have a little fun and show their elf some love right before the elf leaves for the season.
Then, you can place the elf back in their spot for the rest of the day. After your kids go to bed, your Elf on the Shelf will leave and take their final trip to the North Pole.
Reasons Elf on the Shelf is Leaving
Your kids have probably gotten used to having your Elf on the Shelf around, which means they’re sure to have plenty of questions about their elf after he leaves. These fun reasons your elf had to leave will help explain where he is and what he’s doing while he’s away.
- Santa needs help making last-minute preparations. On Christmas eve, it’s all hands on deck at the North Pole. That’s why all the scout elves must report back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to help Santa prepare all the Christmas gifts for delivery throughout the night.
- They’re helping Santa answer letters. Santa receives millions of letters from kids all around the world. That means he needs his elves to help sort, read, and answer all those letters. And they have to keep track of all the gifts the kids want for Christmas next year so Santa doesn’t forget.
- All the elves are playing with their friends. While the elves are busy keeping an eye on all the children during the Christmas season, they don’t have much time to play. After Christmas is over, they get to go back to the North Pole to play with their friends.
- They have to take care of the reindeer. After the reindeer return from their flight around the world on Christmas eve, they need lots of love and care. The elves have to brush and feed the reindeer to help them relax.
- Santa needs help cleaning up. Santa makes a big mess as he’s getting ready to deliver presents on Christmas eve. All the elves need to return home to clean up the wrapping paper, ribbon, and cookie crumbs from around the North Pole.
- Your elf is training for next year. Scout elves must undergo special training to be able to fly back and forth from the North Pole to their kids’ houses. While your elf is away, they’re taking the time to learn new tricks and strategies for keeping their eye on all the kids during the holiday season.
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Get ready for the holidays by grabbing your Elf on the Shelf printables. And if you need more ideas for your Elf, I’ve got 50+ Elf on the Shelf Ideas on my other site. They’re all easy ideas you can duplicate at home!
ELF ON THE SHELF PRINTABLES
Here are all of the coordinating printables that go with this goodbye letter:
- Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter (for new elves and returning elves)
- Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter
- Elf on the Shelf Rules
- Printable Elf Adoption Certificate
- Elf on the Shelf Naughty Letter & Nice Notice