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Four year-old Lily Christiana met her elf, Crackles, for the first time this Christmas season where she instantly loved him and his nightly antics. When she found out Crackles would be leaving on Christmas Day, Lily’s mom Brittany said her daughter was “heartbroken.” “I thought, ‘Are we going to have to go through this every year?’ This is the worst part of Christmas,” the mom of two from Granby, Connecticut, said. Luckily Santa had a plan. Crackles was able to deliver the good news that he and Lily would be able to have a one-time goodbye hug. “Lily was so gentle,” Christiana said. “She approached Crackles so slowly.”


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In the book, “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition,” written by Carol V. Aerbersold and Chanda A. Bell, it is explained that “The Elf on the Shelf” must never be touched or else it will lose it’s magic. “There’s only one rule that you have to follow so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know,” the book says.

Christiana said that she saw a similar idea online and decided to write the letter to Lily from Crackles. “Today only – You can hold me snug. Don’t forget to give me a hug!” the letter, signed by Crackles the elf said. “Next year I’ll be back in the blink of an eye, so be good and keep your eye on the sky,” the note concluded. “We were out of the room but could hear her talking to the elf,” Christiana added, referring to her daughter. “She said, ‘Thank you so much Crackles, I love you. I am going to bring you so much chocolate.’”

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