I shall dedicate the next couple posts to the little devil who torments fellow parents far and wide this time of year. His or Her name is different in every household – ours is called Elsa the Elf. Said devil is The Elf On The Shelf. We didn’t have this nugget when I was a kid, but some brilliant person is making millions now (go you!) because as a parent who loves to spread the magic of the Holidays you can’t really be the only house on the block that isn’t visited by an Elf. Right?
In all seriousness kiddos love The Elf on the Shelf. It’s an awesome way to have some holiday fun with the kids. If you get creative, Mom and Dad can have some good old fashioned fun as well.
Don’t know what Elf on the Shelf is? Wellllllllll… let me introduce you!
Year after year, children and adults alike are baffled by the mystery of how Santa really knows who’s been naughty or nice. After much urging by the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa has allowed his biggest secret to be revealed in The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. At the start of each Christmas season, the elf appears to serve as Santa’s eyes and ears, traveling back to the North Pole each and every night to make a detailed report of the day’s activities. Children can register their elf online to receive an official adoption certificate and a special letter from Santa.
How To Get Started
- Get an Elf: This is obviously a given. You can get an elf here. Plus, if you’re so inclined you can get some super cute outfits for your elf, if it (or you) has any fashion sense.
- Pick when you want the Elf to arrive. This can be any time in November or December. But remember they will come daily once you start until Christmas Eve. Our Elf arrives on December 1st.
- Decide how your Elf is going to make their appearance. For us, the first time was on December 1st. Our elf was waiting for our kiddos on our dining room table along with her handy dandy Christmas book and a welcome letter. The book will go over all the fun of the Elf as well as the rules – namely NO TOUCHING. It’s fun to pair an elf coming with a little note or an advent calendar too.
Elf On The Shelf Intros
Here are a few super easy and cute ways to reintroduce your elf for the upcoming holiday season. From special elf mail deliveries to arriving via the fireplace. Click on the photos to check out any instructions!
-Knock! Knock! Who’s There? Elf!!
-Have your Elf spell out, “I’m Back!” with red and green M&Ms, marshmallows, Christmas Hershey’s Kisses or your favorite Christmas candies!
-Have your Elf arrive “hot air balloon” style. You can grab some holiday balloons attached to a small basket.
-Parachute your elf down the chimney back into your holiday haven! via Carey Pace
-A simple note will do!
-Incoming! These Elves staged a funny paper plane crash in their family’s Christmas tree. Your elf can fold up their own plane and careen onto a mantel, into a tree or somewhere else in your home for a playful entrance.
-This Elf wanted to leave a gift for their family but not just any gift! She popped right out of a box to announce her presence, and your elf can too!
-Roll out the red carpet for your Elf! Red fabric is all you really need for this one!
-What a sweet surprise—this elf brought fresh cookies straight from Mrs. Claus at the North Pole. To make this idea you own, your elf may bring your kiddo’s favorite sweets and write a special note to present the sweet treat!
-It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, It’s the Elf! from Busy Kids Happy Mom
-Have your Elf on the Shelf join your family for Breakfast! from I heart Arts n Crafts
-Just add this cute Elf Door to your Elf on the Shelf arsenal! It’s like a fairy door but for the elves. You can bring this out when you bring out the tiny magical creature! Then they can imagine he has a way back and forth to Santa and the North Pole! from Create Craft Love
-The Elf that comes bearing gifts! from Pig Skins and Pigtails
-These Elves wanted a soft landing for their first visit of the season, so they fashioned an adorable Elf Landing Net out of craft sticks and some cute sticky tape, what a fun project for the Kiddos!
Hope you enjoyed a few of these ideas! More Elf on the Shelf posts to come!! Make sure to pin on Pinterest and share! Got more ideas we haven’t covered, please let us know!
If you enjoyed this blog post, please reach out to me. I love giving FREE consultations!