It is that time of the year! Our Elf on the Shelf, Jolly, is here and getting into all sorts of mischief. This morning the little ones found him hiding in our cutlery drawer, Jolly has encouraged us to decorate our Christmas tree and has done what he does best – sat on the shelf watching to see if my kiddos have been naughty or nice!
What is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 rhyming book that explains how Santa’s ‘scout elves’ hide in people’s homes to watch over events. When everyone is in bed, the elf flies back to the North Pole to tell Santa about the good and bad activities that have happened that day. When the family wakes in the morning, the elf has flown back and is hiding in a new place to be found by the family. In the book, the elf’s magic will disappear if he is touched, although you are allowed to talk to him and tell him your Christmas wishes so he can report back to Santa. Elf on the Shelf started in America, with the elves arriving after Thanksgiving (the last Thursday in November). Here in Canada, most people tend to start on 1st December and the beginning of Advent.
As it has grown in popularity, the Elf on the Shelf tradition has taken in all sorts of twists and turns as people adapt it to suit their families. Some elves hide, some elves create mischief and mayhem, others are better behaved! However you choose to adapt this tradition, it will certainly add a sparkle of festive magic.
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Here are 14 Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas to help you get started. These are sure to put a smile on your children’s faces..
- Jolly’s Arrival letter
- Photo booth
- Trapped by Lego men
- Hugging the local reindeer
- Sac races
- Bubble bath
- Enjoying the Elf Insider
- Fishing for Gold fish
- Hiding in the Christmas Stockings
- Looking for Christmas Cookies
- Cruising with Barbie
- Enjoying the Christmas lights in the Christmas Tree
- Perched on top of a mini Christmas Tree
- Trapped by Elsa
If you’ve done Elf on the Shelf previously, then please do share any advice you think would be handy for other parents, and feel free to share pictures of what your elf has got up to. You can see all my previous Elf on the Shelf posts here.
You can also follow Jolly’s Adventures here. Photo’s will be updated daily during the Christmas season so make sure to check back and see what Jolly has been up too!