Pop-In-Kins Elf “pops in” for 31st Holiday Season

Meet Christopher Pop-In-Kins:  In 1985, Flora Johnson of Atwater, Ohio introduced the world to a little elf named Christopher Pop-In-Kins.  Based on a tradition Johnson began with her own five children during the early 1960’s, Christopher Pop-In-Kins “pops in” from late November through Christmas Eve.  He then returns to the North Pole to tell Santa about his young friends and adventures in the Children’s World.

In Johnson’s story “Christopher Pop-In-Kins Pops In”©1985, Christopher wishes to visit boys and girls during the holiday season.  The only problem: no elf has ever been to the Children’s World.  After much consideration, Santa grants Christopher’s wish and appoints Christopher to be his very first Children’s Elf.

Christopher Pop-In-Kins' Elf Tradition
Cp and Santa

  • Christopher visits children from late November through Christmas Eve.
  • He returns to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to tell Santa about his young friends and holiday adventures.
  • Christopher may play hide-and-seek but can only move when children are sleeping or busy doing other things.
  • Christopher cannot be touched.  If this occurs, Christopher returns to the North Pole to restore his elf magic.

Christopher Pop-In-Kins’s Elf and Book Set is one of the oldest “elf traditions” on the market today.  He continues to win the hearts and praises of generations of families, teachers, and toy experts alike.

 My husband has told me about him for years! I am so glad to be able to give him the gift of starting the same tradition of Christopher that he enjoyed as a child, with our daughter. I know they will cherish Christopher together!– J.S., Oklahoma City, OK

I purchased my elf in 1988 and my young children and their friends absolutely loved him…You have given such joy to so many children and parents!” – B.T., South Portland, ME

iParenting AwardThis is one of the BEST Christmas toys I have seen in ages.  It provides great family interaction and encourages new holiday traditions.  The toy with story A+++” –iParenting Media Award


From 1985-2000, Christopher Pop-In-Kins Sets included the elf and storybook pictured here.  Under the name Imaginatives, Flora Johnson made each elf by hand.  Her husband Al hand-published each storybook.

Together, they made over 10,000 Christopher Pop-In-Kins Elf and Books Sets.

Sets were available in specialty stores across the U.S. and by mail order.

We have one of the original “Christophers and…we used it for all of our grandchildren. Most of the granchildren are grown but Christopher still appears each year and the “big kids” look for him… Such memories and memories are the only thing that lasts forever. ” – A.B. Hartville, OH