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

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.

Author: Rebecca Hardy

A native New Yorker, Reby Sky took a deep interest in the arts from an early age. Classically trained in ballet & theatre, she began her career in dance, performing in off-broadway venues & competing in dance competitions throughout the United States. Reby has also been featured in numerous instructional dance videos, including "Bellydance Your Way to Cardio" & "Bellydance for Mothers & Daughters".  Also formally trained in classical piano under master-pianist Rosario Garriga, Reby has performed in concert halls throughout the East coast, and attended the LaGuardia School of Music & Art & the Performing Arts - The "FAME" school - as a major in music.  In addition to dance, theatre, & music, Reby added professional football player to her repertoire in 2008; She signed with the LFL (Lingerie Football League) for a brief period of time before resigning for personal reasons.  Working as a successful model, Reby Sky has appeared in numerous national & international publications including, but not limited to Esquire, STUFF Magazine, Supermodels Unlimited, & PLAYBOY. Also making the jump into live media, Reby has appeared on television shows such as SPIKE-TV's "Midnight Spike" as a guest host & on TLC-TV's "Date Patrol" as a guest dance instructor. She has been featured in dozens of print ads and in numerous television advertisements, as well as internationally aired music videos. In 2009, Reby was named Miss Howard TV of the Year by the Howard Stern Show. She is also known within the sports world as the "NY Giants Girl".    Also working in broadcast media, Reby performed as an on-air talent for Sirius/XM Radio on the pro-wrestling show, "Busted Open”. Previous radio experience includes work as a sports correspondent for Clear Channel radio station, 98 Rock in Tampa, FL. Reby was also the host of her own radio show, "Digital Photography on the Radio", on 1010am Sports Radio (CBS) in 2008. In the world of professional wrestling, Reby is best known for her work on TNA Impact Wrestling, where she performed as a wrestler & recurring character from 2014-2017. Sky previously worked as a backstage interviewer, color commentator & professional wrestler for Lucha Libre USA Masked Warriors on MTV2. Reby currently lives in Cameron, North Carolina with her husband & two beautiful boys & is the owner/operator of HardyShoots.com.

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