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Elf on the Shelf

Having an Elf on the Shelf is a fun tradition that many families have started to encourage good behavior around Christmas time and to have a few laughs too. He tends to get in a little bit of trouble when he hangs around the house though! This page contains Elf on the Shelf ideas.

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Tip: Sometimes He Just Wants to Have Fun

Many times we find that he has been having a lot of fun while we have been sleeping. In many ways he is a kid at heart and enjoys to involve Barbie and other friends. Tennis shoes are great for sliding down the banister: Sliding Down the Banister We have lots of Christmas books for him to read at night: Reading Christmas Stories Our elf Snap's favorite movie is...you guessed...Elf: Watching a Movie Late at night is the perfect time for him to use the computer too: Playing on the Computer

He has found many other fun things to do while staying at our house. Here are some of the funny things we have found him doing:

  • Playing hide and seek with us is one of his favorite games...he is really good at it too!
  • Playing board games with Barbie and her friends.
  • Taking Barbie for a spin in the Corvette.
  • Talking bubble bathes in Barbies tub.
  • Toasting marshmallows over the tea light candles.
  • Enjoying some popcorn while watching TV.
  • Reading stories to the stuffed animals in the house.

Tip: Sometimes the Elf is Naughty

It isn't just your kids that can get into trouble when your Elf is around. He is known to be a little bit naughty himself. Here are some photos of our elf "Snap" getting into mischief. He really likes candy too! :) We found him hanging from the lights one morning. Hanging from the Lights He steals candy quite often. Raiding the Candy Buckets In the Candy Jar He also has his own ideas for how the Christmas tree should be decorated. TP on the Christmas Tree

Here are some of the other antics he has been up to over the years:

  • Marshmallow fights with other holiday occupants in the house.
  • Hanging undies on the Christmas tree.
  • Dying the milk green.
  • Making flour angels on the countertop.
  • Playing in the sprinkles.
  • Not flushing after going to the bathroom. (His pee is green!)
  • Coloring on the kids' faces. (mustaches and things.)
  • Making his bed in the tissue box.
  • Going fishing for Goldfish crackers at night.
  • Drawing funny faces on hanging photos.

Tip: Sometimes He Likes to Play Santa Too

Throughout the Christmas season our elf likes to leave little presents, mostly for the kids. :) Because of his sweet tooth they tend to be yummy treats or candy to replace what he has eaten. Other times he leaves things to keep the kids busy.

He couldn't resist the Hershey's Kisses in our advent calendar one night, but made up for it by bringing the kids each a HUGE Hershey's Kiss: Advent Calendar Treats He must have over heard the kids asking us to buy more hot cocoa, because he bought them everything they needed for it: Hot Cocoa Gift He has brought us all many other gifts over the years such as:

  • A gingerbread house kit.
  • Fancy Christmas cookies, sometimes left in silly places.
  • Santa hats.
  • A volcano science kit.
  • Candy canes and other sweet treats.
  • Cookie making supplies.

Remember: Every Elf on the Shelf likes to reward good behavior and have fun with his family. The only thing that he asks is the you don't touch him. It is against Santa's rules and if that rule is broken, your elf will have to return to the North Pole. So remind the kids...look but don't touch. Only parents can put him back in his special spot each morning.

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Question: Stuffed Animal Tricks Like Elf on the Shelf Tricks

I love the "tricks" side of the Elf On The Shelf. I've heard of others doing it with other stuffed animals (a friend of our family has 2 sock monkeys that she does similar things with on a regular basis and posts pictures on facebook). I was wondering if anyone else does something similar and if you have any idea of how I could start this with my kids and "tricks" to try. I've been checking out some of the Elf On The Shelf ideas and may include some of those as well.

Thanks in advance for any help.

By Jessie


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By Joan [13]08/04/2012

Most people have to figure out what would work best for them. Myself I wouldn't want to do this all year, I would think the novelty of it would wear off for the kids.