Thursday, December 9, 2010

Elf on the shelf

I was reading on the hot tips message board that I follow for good online deals and I read one where they were discussing Elf on the Shelf. I wish I had found this years ago when the kids were little. It has become a great holiday tradition for many and the parents have fun with it.

The elf shows up the day after Thanksgiving and disappears on Christmas day. Each day the kids look to see where the elf is each morning because when he comes back from reporting to Santa how the kids are doing he is sitting in a new place in the house. Kids will even leave their letter next to him to take to Santa.

He moves around during the night and sometimes does mischievous things. Some of the fun things that elves have done are:

Toilet-papered the living room
Switched the collars on the dogs
Wearing a doll dress and sitting at a little tea party set
Head first in a VCR
Left a cereal trail down the hallway
Ate some cookies and left a crumb trail
Floating on a boat in the dogs water bowl
Changed the language on the TV to spanish
Turned the couch upside down
Sprayed silly string in the kids room while they were sleeping
Built a pyramid of Dixie cups in the middle of the living room
Each night he nibbles another piece off of the gingerbread house

Of course you can have one that just perches in interesting places and is not mischievous. For example they can be found hanging in the chandelier, on top of the doorbell, on the entertainment center, in the table centerpiece, on the fireplace, or sitting reading a book. It is great for keeping the kids motivated to be good and gives them something to look forward to each morning. I plan to get this one day when I have grandkids.

It can be found at many places or you can just buy an elf and make up the story yourselves. Here is a link to the storybook and elf. Elf on the Shelf


  1. I'm so glad I found your blog via Midlife Cruiser.
    I have an elf that looks similar to the one in this story but I don't remember it ever being used like you've described. I'll save this idea for the grandkids someday! Great post!

  2. Looks like fun. To bad my grandsons have declared there is no Santa!

  3. Hey! Are we both experiencing insomnia?? I saw you commented on my blog at 12:30ish! Or are you staying awake on purpose to hide that elf somewhere sneaky :)

    (36 year old fulltime RVer living la vida loca with a cute-butt husband and a stink-butt dog!)

  4. Yep, my 2 youngest are out of the Santa stage and into the "YIKES" teenage stage. Christmas was easy when all 4 of the kids were little. Now all they want is EXPENSIVE electronic gadgets. LOL

  5. Ok, another night and my eyeballs are WIDE open! What gives?!?! You awake too??

    (36 year old fulltime RVer living la vida loca with a cute-butt husband and a stink-butt dog!)