Elf on the Shelf

The Christmas tradition of Elf on the Shelf is not something I, myself, grew up with but nevertheless, I was still super excited to finally start it with my oldest. Our kiddo is nearly 2 1/2 & is finally getting excited for holidays & from the first time I read him the book, I knew he’d be ALL ABOUT Elf on the Shelf.

Screen Shot 2017-12-15 at 3.00.23 AMOur first ever Elf on the Shelf

If you aren’t familiar with the concept, here is the description from the manufacturer:
Scout elves are eyes and ears of Santa Claus. Although they cannot be touched, or else they may lose their magic, the elf will always listen and relay messages back to Santa. Taking in all the day-to-day activities around the house, no good deed goes unnoticed; these scout elves take their job seriously. Before the family awakes each morning, their special scout elf will fly back to their home from the North Pole. However, since these elves like to play games, don’t expect to find them in the same spot! While some like to hide in the freezer (probably because it reminds them of the North Pole) and others prefer to sit on the fireplace mantle or hang from the chandelier, these elves love to play hide-and-seek with their families.

Basically, it’s Mom and/or Dad’s job to keep the magic alive & move good ‘ol Mister Elf around the house every night while your kiddo is sleeping. There are still 10 days left til Christmas, but I wanted to post some of my ideas to maybe help inspire my fellow parents. Enjoy !

Screen Shot 2017-12-15 at 2.59.06 AMRock-climbing wall made from leftover Halloween candies.
Use museum putty to stick without damaging your surface !
Screen Shot 2017-12-15 at 3.00.04 AMWe told our kiddo that the Elf would be going to/from his adventures via this tiny door & on this day, he brought some of the North Pole – and a candy treat – back with him.
Screen Shot 2017-12-15 at 2.59.38 AMA bottle cozie/sleeve made the perfect elf t-shirt. I got this one HERE.
Screen Shot 2017-12-15 at 2.58.15 AMWe’re obsessed with Starbucks holiday cookies here, so when I found a tray of mini snowman cookies, I HAD to have them, even if they were ridiculously overpriced. I told our kiddo that the elf brought cookies for both of them & he got such a kick out of being able to eat a cookie for breakfast, so meh. Whatever.
Screen Shot 2017-12-15 at 2.59.23 AMHe tried decorating his Christmas tree & got tangled in the lights. Relatable. All of the tiny props from this post were purchased from dollhouse suppliers or in the fairy garden isle of Michaels/Hobby Lobby.

I’m running a little dry on unique ideas at this point, so I sewed tiny magnets onto the hands of the elf. Now I can just toss him on a metal surface & call it a day. No positioning, no tying & he can easily get onto high up places like chandeliers & the refrigerator.

25289532_1926313247620901_7418362682355699876_nI get the feeling he’s going to be spending the rest of his time waiting for Christmas on metal surfaces…

Have fun & be good !
…the Elf is watching.