The Elf on The Shelf is a Christmas tradition through Santa’s elves. The story says that Santa’s elves are dispatched from the North Pole to visit children’s homes and report back to Santa to determine whether the children will be on the naughty or nice list.
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Elves have been known to get up to naughty tricks through the night when the children have gone to sleep and they have reported back to Santa. In the morning the children find their Elf in a different place to where they left him the previous night when they went to bed.
We have done Elf on the Shelf for the past two Christmases and we will be carrying on again this year. Our elf isn’t a naughty elf, more mischievous. Traditionally the elves are quite naughty but this may go against everything you have been trying to teach your children all year when their elf is allowed to get up to some naughty tricks that the children aren’t. T
here is also some controversy as to whether you should be allowing your children to believe in an elf that is essentially spying on them and reporting back to Santa. If as a parent you decide to participate in elf on the shelf, then I think you’ll know whether or not it’ll be scary or fun for your children.
Our elf is called Elfie, named by Miss A. During the first year he was found to have kidnapped the advent calendar, made faces from the fruit in the fruit bowl and many more mischievous activities.
How you choose to carry out your Elf on the shelf duties is down to the individual. There are so many ideas out there on the internet. You could choose to have your elf bring your children Christmas items such as reindeer food, or snowman soup for example.
At eight years old, I don’t think for one second that Miss A still believes that Elfie is popping back to the North Pole every night, but she has so much fun every morning trying to find Elfie and see what she has been getting up to.
That for me is part of the magic of Christmas and whilst Miss A wishes to participate in Elf on the shelf then I’ll continue to seek out new ideas. I am careful not to repeat scenes and instances that we have done on previous years, but that’s what is so great about the internet and there are so many different ideas around.
You can buy Elf on The Shelf from many places. Ours came from Ikea but I don’t think you can get this one anymore.
I have 24 ideas that can take you all the way through December until 24th when Elfie will need to go back to the North Pole until next year.
- Hide in the Christmas Tree
- Make a snow elf in flour
- Give the recipient reindeer food
- sledge down the stairs on snow (a white sheet)
- give a present (Christmas eve is a good time for this if you do Christmas Eve boxes)
- Make a face with fruit from the fruit bowl
- Go down the zip wire using a candy cane and ribbon
- rolling down the stairs in a toilet roll
- make a swing out of a toilet roll tube and ribbon and hand from the door way
- leave a note telling the child how many sleeps until Christmas day
- create a circle with Elf and soft toys and assume the elf is reading a story
- Let your elf dow some colouring in a colouring in book
- Have a bath in marshmallows
- Make a snowman out of toilet rolls or marshmallows
- Go fishing in the bathroom sink
- Put the elf inside an empty crisp packet to make it look like they have eaten the crisps
- Leave a message for the child if you need a motivating message such as “behave yourself”
- Sit in the middle of Lego playing
- Sit the Elf in the middle of a pile of DVD’s, make it look like they were having a DVD session
- Make a slide from a cardboard box and add soft toys
- Make pompoms and have a snowball fight
- Sit the elf in front of the computer as leave an email open and half written
- Getting some weights practice in with spagetti and marshmallows to make dumb bells
- Make a drum kit from empty tins
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