Elf on the Shelf Ideas (Our Elf Does Easy, Fun, Yet Simple Things)
Elf on the Shelf Ideas (Our Elf Does Easy, Fun, Yet Simple Things)
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Have you ever worried about Santa’s Naughty List? Did you know touching your elf on the shelf can put you there? Well, with Christmas only weeks away — I hope you’ve got your shopping well underway — there’s no better time than now to get on the straight and narrow so you can stay on Santa’s good list this year.
Today’s post is all about the Elf on the Shelf, and here’s what you’ll find:
Let’s check out this video. It’s pretty important the follow the rules, so please heed the warning from this two-year-old cutie.
Let me start by saying this:
Thank goodness the Elf on the Shelf really does have Christmas magic because it’s gotta be exhausting finding a new place to hide and a crazy, creative thing to do each new day. Don’t you agree?
My daughter once asked me if Chip (our elf) really does the moving, or if it’s just the parents. Of course I laughed out loud, and reminded her that Mommy’s middle name is Forgetful, so how could I possibly remember to move that little guy every night?
And moreover, did she really think Mommy had the energy to get that creative late at night? Every night? Without fail? She agreed you’d have to be pretty amazing to pull that off. Yup. Pretty amazing.
I mean, as a parent, you already have so much on your plate, am I right? I can’t imagine having to move this little elf around every night… after the kids finally fall asleep… before you nod off yourself… Can you imagine willingly putting yourself in this situation? No sane person would do that, right?
And can you imagine the fright of springing out of bed, heart thumping, blood rushing, just at the thought you forgot to move the elf, and now you need to come up with something fast, in your groggy state, before the kids awaken? Seriously, what parent could handle that kind of pressure?
Our family became blessed with our Elf on the Shelf back in December 2011. It came from my mother-in-law, as Santa had asked her to deliver him. My oldest daughter, then 6, sat down with me as I read her the book. We were all smiles and excited about such a thoughtful gift.
Six years later and I am still thankful, each and every Christmas as December rolls around. Yes, so thankful for this magical little being that miraculously appears the first day of December, loaded with ideas.
What’s that you say?
Don’t have in-laws of your very own to bless you with this bundle of Christmas joy?
No worries! You can actually buy your own Elf on the Shelf. Sometimes Santa isn’t able to do special deliveries straight to your home because, as you know, he is a very busy man.
So, stores make it more-than-easy for you. They’ve made an agreement with Santa to provide you with an easy opportunity to grab these little elves at almost every store you pop into around Christmas time. For this, we love Santa.
The fact that now you can get clothing, and animals, and even things like a Birthday Elf on the Shelf. I know, right? I can sense your excitement at it all. What kid isn’t begging for one, if not all, of these things every time you turn around. Thanks, Santa!
Now, it seemed as though the more he matured, the better he got at hiding. You see, the first year Chip just changed places each night after reporting to Santa. He left at night, and upon his return, he found a new spot to sit. Simple. Exactly like it said in the book he came with.
The next year he started doing ‘fun’ things every few days. It seemed as though the elves were talking when they met at Santa’s Workshop each night. It almost seemed like if one elf did something fun, another elf had to do the same, if not better.
It didn’t stop there.
By the third year, our Elf on the Shelf was full-out, doing pretty awesome stuff each and every night. Each. And EVERY. Night. This little guy was like a superstar. Seriously. I wondered how he did it. Wasn’t that exhausting?
As it turns out…
I think Chip did get tired because something strange happened the next year. Chip started repeating some of the things he had done in previous years. Apparently, that wasn’t cool, and my kids were sure to tell him.
I tried to intervene and remind them that once-upon-a-time, Chip only moved from spot to spot, and now he was doing some pretty fun things. And, for that, we should be grateful.
I felt bad for Chip. I really did. I mean, if he knew what was good for him he would have NEVER tried to spice it up or do something different. He should have NEVER tried to be better than the elf-next-door. Of course, I was just happy I wasn’t to blame for this.
Being the kind person I am, I let Chip in on a little secret. I told him he could browse the Internet for ideas and that I would leave my computer open for him to look for new ideas, if that’s what he wanted.
Oh, and I even made a little list myself, in case he needed an idea or two to get him started. As we already knew, some elves go all out and get really elaborate, but I told Chip I didn’t think that was necessary. I mean, if you need to get bigger and better every year, then when does it stop?
Although it seems every Elf on the Shelf is good at sharing their ideas, you might find your own Elf in need of something fresh.
Over the years Chip has done cute things that even I don’t know how he thought up. Here are 25 of my favourites.
#1. He usually leaves some sort of message on his first day back. (An exhausting first day)
#2. Chip has given the girls a mug (from our cupboard) with hot chocolate pouches and marshmallows to mix in.
#3. He’s cut out the face from the elf on the Lucky Charms box and poked his own through.
#4. He works hard to blend in with his surroundings.
#5. Here was something awesome our elf did! He left some seeds and a note saying:
Get your bowl of sugar,
Sprinkle flakes of snow
Now wait for the magic
And see what will grow!
Along with the poem, this letter was also left.
Chip has told me you have been working hard to be good. He was so excited to bring you a present. I told him he could take you some of his magic elf seeds. These seeds are very special and you must be EXTRA good for them to grow.
Follow these instructions carefully:
Plant your seeds in a big bowl of sugar. Then stir them a little each day.
Please take note, if you stir too much they will just fade away.
Be extra good and very patient for the magic to work on the seeds.
For if you misbehave, you might break the magic. I hope you will do good deeds.
If you follow these directions and behave just right.
You should get something special in two short nights.
Keep being good!
I should have taken a picture of what happened next. Cute little cookies on colourful sticks showed up on the third day 🙂 Yum! What magic!
#6. He made tiny elf-sized pancakes and left them for breakfast.
#7. He’s been in a Barbie car with Barbie as his passenger, racing up our stairs.
#8. He’s hidden in our Christmas Tree.
#9. He has played X’s and O’s with Barbie
#10. He’s been stuck outside the window. Apparently he got locked out that night.
#11. He’s been found wedged between the cupboard and the fridge.
#12. He’s left a trail of Hersey’s Kisses, and at the end, there he was, with a stash in the pantry.
#13. One year he brought us a Christmas scene ornament.
#14. He’s a big fan of zip-lining:
#15. He’s gone fishing with Goldfish crackers (but not in the toilet, thank goodness!)
#16. He has been found hiding in all kinds of crevices.
#17. He’s set up baking stations for our annual Sugar Cookie day.
#18. Once he got touched and was found the next day in the same spot with a message that said he was too ill to go anywhere.
#19. He’s left out stationary for the girls to write their letters to Santa.
#20. He’s been found digging in the candy dish.
#21. He’s been found in bed with cough drops and tissue. Even an Elf on the Shelf can get the sniffles.
#22. He sometimes leaves Christmas candy when we run out.
#23. One year he even crocheted a little scarf for Barbie (they seem to be pretty good friends)
#24. He’s found himself tied up in Christmas lights.
#25. Every year before Chip leaves, he always brings each of the girls a Kinder Egg.
We love our little elf on the shelf, and look forward to all of the wonderful ideas he’ll come up with this year.
If your elf needs some ideas, hopefully the inspiration can start here. If your elf on the shelf is finding Christmas a bit stressful, let them know about the 15 Day Happy Challenge. (Sign up below).
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, and here’s hoping it’s nothing but relaxing.
Now you can kick back and let your elf on the shelf do all the work!
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