Thank you, Carol Aebersold, Chanda Bell, and Christa Pitts. You’re welcome for my money. For those of you who have been under a rock for the last two Christmases*, Elf on the Shelf is a new holiday tradition in which you purchase a creepy little elf doll and story for about $30 and then mom and dad get to figure out creative ways to have him spy on your family for the next month or so. Thank you Pinterest because I am NOT independently gifted in this particular event of the Parenting Olympics. Don’t get me wrong or find me a Grinch, my kids love the hunt of finding our elf each morning.
I did try to make everyone’s holiday (including mine) a bit easier by pre-planning what our little guy will be up to this season. Happy elfing… as if being Santa weren’t enough.
*I know it was “invented” in 2005, but it seemed to really reach mainstream a couple of years ago
Elf in the Mail — our elf arrives via USPS via the North Pole
Hanging on the swing (yarn and TP roll….I can handle that!) OR, if my wreaths are up, he may just use one of those
Disguised as a snowman (styrofoam cups, sharpie marker) OR, if you do powdered donuts for breakfast, he can stack them to make snowmen and hang out by the serving tray
Snow angel with marshmallows…trust me, way less mess than with flour or sugar
Solo cup pyramid
Candy cane zip line
In the Nativity
Hiding in the fridge
Camping in the Lincoln Logs
Taped to the wall by the superhero action figures
Playing Connect Four or dominoes with one of the dolls
Under a dumbbell with Mom’s workout DVD
Sack race with the dolls/pets
Playing video games
Admiring his snowman of Matchbox cars
Playing checkers with starlight mints
Hand stuck in the cookie jar
Locked in the lantern on the mantel
Writing sentences on chalkboard
Hanging by magnet on fridge
Tea party with dolls
Organizing a Little People parade or teaching the Little People a Christmas lesson
helping himself to a ride in the remote control car
In Dad’s chair with pets, blanket & popcorn ready to watch holiday movie
Posing behind a picture frame
Bye-BYE!!!! (there are 71,800 good-bye Elf letters if you Google it)
Side Note: We downplay the whole spy aspect of the elf and enjoy that the children get a kick out of searching for the elf each morning.
Need more ideas? Check out my Elf on the Shelf idea board.