Some Creative Ideas for the Elf on The Shelf

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Carolyn Savage

Discussing Elf on A Shelf tomorrow with Rick and Mary Beth on 101.5 The RiverTune in to hear about the antics that some of these elves go to, to entertain their children! 

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So, we caved and bought the Elf on A Shelf “kit” that comes with a book and kind of (I hate to say it) a creepy little elf doll.  (What’s creepy about it?  Well, she’s got no feet for starters.  Just stubs.  I guess elves don’t need feet? I don’t know?)

Anyways,  the whole shindig goes like this…

The elf comes during Christmas time to keep her eyes on the kids, and flies back to the North Pole every night to report on said kids’ behavior to Santa.  Each morning (if someone remembers) the Elf goes to a new spot in the house, and it’s the kid’s job to find her when they come down in the morning.  It was Mary Kate’s job to name the elf, which is how the poor thing ended up sporting the title of “Daisy”.  The only rule is that Daisy the elf can never be touched by a child. Apparently, if Daisy is touched, she loses her magic and flies back to the North Pole. 

So far, so good.

We’ve remembered to move Daisy each day.  Mary Kate hasn’t upset Daisy by touching her and, I’m thrilled to report, Mary Kate’s buying the whole story (Demonstrated this morning when she was refusing to finish her breakfast and having a tantrum.  I reminded her that Daisy was watching, to which she ducked down beneath the cupboards in the kitchen to continue her tantrum screaming,   “Daisy can’t see me here!” 

Okay…it’s kind of working.

Since this is our rookie year with the Elf on A Shelf, I decided to do a little online research with regards to how creative some of these elves get.  What I found was stunning. 
Apparently, some elves plan more creative antics during their evening than others.

Here are a few from an amazing website called Lil Boo Blue

I mean, seriously, how cute it this?  I’m loving the site!  To check out more of Lil Boo Blue’s Elf ideas please visit her site here!

Happy Elf on A Shelf season! 

 

 

15 Comments on “ Some Creative Ideas for the Elf on The Shelf ”

  • Kathy | December 5th, 2012 8:44 am

    Those are too cute! Our elf isn’t nearly that creative… I especially got a kick out of the one in front of the laptop with a letter to Santa! We could have used that yesterday when our Elf George “took a night off” from visiting Santa/the North Pole, at least that is what we told the kids when they asked why George was *still* in Abby’s stocking in the morning after they woke up. :)

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  • Cindy | December 5th, 2012 9:44 am

    You are cracking me us since I have to say I just learned about the Elf on the Shelf Traditions Book. I am going to be marketing some items for him/her and I will let you know of the things I come up with. I am doing this so that I can buy my own elf and book for the grandchildren. I relly love the posts that people do (adult wise) and kid wise too.

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  • Cindy | December 5th, 2012 9:47 am

    No all of the ELVES are foot less. If you want to look up the older elf’s you will see that their hands join and then you stick their little feet/legs between their arms to join around items. Google the old elves and check it out

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  • Karen Auge | December 5th, 2012 9:56 am

    Too be honest, I am thankful that my girls are old enough that I can avoid this new “tradition”. I don’t think I have the wherewithall to add another thing to the to do list. But I also know if it were 5 years ago I would be all over it. I have a topic for discussion – how/when do you end this “tradition”? if you get tired of doing it.

    PS Loving your blog- Karen

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  • lynda crossman | December 5th, 2012 10:45 am

    cute!!! enjoy her the children only believe for so long..

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  • Carolyn Savage | December 5th, 2012 12:18 pm

    I know, Lynda. I think having believers again is so much fun! The boys are getting a kick out of it too!

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  • Carolyn Savage | December 5th, 2012 12:20 pm

    I know what you mean about the “one more thing” thing. As for when to stop the tradition, I have no answers for that. I would guess it never truly stops, but it might stop moving around. I can see our elf being part of our Christmas tradition forever.

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  • Carolyn Savage | December 5th, 2012 12:20 pm

    I will definitely have to check out the “vintage” elves. Thanks for the heads up!

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  • Carolyn Savage | December 5th, 2012 12:21 pm

    I think marketing some items for elves is a phenomenal idea! Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Let me know and perhaps I can help you spread the word on the blog!

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  • Carolyn Savage | December 5th, 2012 12:22 pm

    My favorite was the elf on the copier copying his elf tush! Too funny. Our elf didn’t move last night. Might be due to the fact that all three girls were up multiple times during the night. She may have been feeling unsafe to move? Not sure! ;)

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  • Rebecca | December 5th, 2012 8:44 pm

    Carolyn,
    I came across your blog accidentally one day and now I can’t seem to stay away. I love your “Elf…” blog – while I don’t have an “Elf On The Shelf” myself, I have a number of friends who will love these ideas! I hope you and your family have the most Merry Christmas – I look forward to future blogs.

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  • Carolyn Savage | December 6th, 2012 9:40 am

    Rebecca, Your message made me smile. Thanks so much for being a loyal reader. It means a lot to me!

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  • Reina | December 9th, 2012 9:11 pm

    Elf on the shelf is a fad created by ceelvr marketers, not a tradition. It is just one more excuse to take God out of Christmas and focus on materialism.But then I also don’t believe in perpetuating the Santa myth, which I consider lying to my kids. It kind of devalues any kind of teaching of faith if you are telling your kids in one ear that they should believe in God even though they can’t see him, and in another they should believe in Santa. When they learn that you were making Santa up, what is to keep them from feeling the same way about God? My husband thinks I am worse than the grinch but I cannot conscience lying to my daughter in the guise of a Christmas tradition. There are other ways to bring holiday joy.

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  • Carolyn Savage | December 10th, 2012 9:53 am

    To each there own!

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