The Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf has become a popular tradition in many homes, and if you have been putting it off – this year is the perfect time to create a little magic. The idea came from Carol Aebersold, who originally introduced the idea into her home. As we all know, Santa is very busy this time of year and an elf is very good at making sure the kids aren’t being naughty, but nice!

Packaged in a gift box, your very own elf comes with a picture book which explains to the family just how it works. Sitting down and sharing the story each year with your children will create happy memories they will cherish forever. The elf itself can be either a boy or a girl, ours is a cheeky little boy which my kids have named Jared. In the lead up to Christmas, the elf is placed around the home each night creating joy for everyone involved.

If you spend time on social media you will probably have seen some of the hilarious and quirky ideas parents have come up with to keep their kids amused. Some elves out there can be quite messy as they tend to like to spill things! Sure, this is fun for the kids – but I think it is even more so for their mums and dads as it brings out their inner child.

This is the first time my family will be participating in the Elf on the Shelf tradition, and I am already planning his adventures. Notably my kids do think he looks a bit creepy and they have asked him not to play in their rooms in the night, however, if it encourages them to be kind to one another then it is a win-win for parents!

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Official retail “Adoption Centres” will be opening across Australia including Myer department stores, Dymocks booksellers, and independent specialty store locations.

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? I would love to hear your ideas, let me know in the comments section below and be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what we come up with.

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4 thoughts on “The Elf on the Shelf

  1. OOH we love Elf on the Shelf!

    Our Elf ‘Elvis’ is due to arrive next Friday, 1st December. Elvis has been a part of our family for the last 3 years and my goodness he is very cheeky but also very much loved. With some mighty strategic planning, Elvis and I have come up with some amazing adventures. Some more notable examples would be the
    – Shoe Shoe Train, all of the kids shoes stuffed with their teddy bears, snaking around the lounge room with Elvis at the helm.
    – Elvis wrapped up in alfoil as an astronaut, hanging from a mobile with alfoil moon, stars, rocket ship and planets.
    – Elvis hiding in the plastic breakfast cereal container, peaking through the cereal.
    – Elvis playing piano
    – Elvis dressed in new Elf clothing, lovingly handmade to his size by Granny.
    – Elvis making oat biscuits and leaving ‘snow angels’ in the flour.
    – Elvis hanging from a zipline, sailing across the lounge room
    – Elvis sitting on top of the loo with a poster ‘Let it go, Let it go, don’t hold it back anymore!’
    – Elvis tucked in to bed with the children
    – Elvis covered in sticky tape after trying to wrap up presents
    – Elvis atop the star at the top of our Christmas tree – a rather uncomfortable position having a pointy star up ones’ bottom!
    – Elvis leaves a message saying he is on strike because the kids haven’t cleaned their rooms
    – Elvis leaves a treasure hunt with clues to find him somewhere around the house.
    – Elvis gets lost and ends up at their cousin’s house. He sends a ‘selfie’ to say he is safe and well, enjoying a brief holiday with the cousins.
    – Elvis responsible for crepe paper weaving the kids’ doorways shut, they have to fight their way out of the room
    – Elvis going to toilet in daughter’s Barbie dolls house toilet – chocolate buttons used for poo!
    – Toasting marshmallows ie mini marshmallows on a toothpick, ‘toasting’ over a battery operated tealight candle.

    Oh the list goes on! We have such fun although it takes a great deal of preparation on my part!

    NB: Unfortunately I am not on social media so can’t share photos to Instagram.

    1. I love these ideas Deb! We are only starting our this Year and I really look forwards to making this a fun Xmas tradition with the kids

    2. Oh my goodness Deb! I am going to borrow some of your ideas, how clever! Thank you for sharing 🙂

      Love the name too!

  2. This sounds adorable that I wish it was around when my kids were little. What a great idea. Love the name for the elf too.

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