Our Elf on the Shelf

Today’s guest blog is from Fay who kindly shares with us the magic and mischief Elfie elf arrivesbrought to her home last Christmas. If you have an elf visitor this year then you might be inspired by her elf’s antics. Do also check out our Christmas Elves Gallery and the thread in our coffeehouse for more ideas for elvish fun. We would love to see what your elves get up to too – add your photos to our special Christmas gallery here.

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We believe in Magic at my house, the magic of childhood and cherished memories at least, so when I heard about The Elf on the shelf It was only a matter of time before he would join the ranks of mythical creatures visiting our home throughout the year.

Move over Tooth fairy, Easter Bunny and Halloween goblin, there is a new kid on the shelf.

Christmas 2011 was our first elf on the shelf Christmas, I ordered the Elf off eBay and when he arrived I was a little unsure, I looked at his floppy form and wondered if I had made a mistake. It was asking a lot of a lump of fluff.

What I had not taken into account was the wonder of childhood imagination and the power of believing.

Elf didn’t remain a soft toy for long, for any of us. He came alive as each day we all joined in believing in the magic of a naughty elf.

As a toddler will hold your hand and take you on a journey of seeing the world renewed. So it was with Elfie, as he came to be known. Seeing the magic of Christmas once again through a child’s eyes is one of the best gifts of Parenting.

The wonderful thing about The Elf on the shelf is he really can cost nothing. I have a friend who has handmade a toy, not even an elf and used it in the same way. Another idea is to have a child’s bear take on extra duties, he could wear a special felt badge sewn on or bangle or scarf, anything will do to make him on duty for the festive season. The rest is using what you have around the house already, with a little bit of imagination and believing in magic.

Half the fun for us was trying to think up ideas as we went.

This is what Elfie got up to last year.

Elf arrives The day before Advent and delivers the chocolate advent calendars my mother in law always buys. Isn’t he adorable!

elf arrives

Elf feeling homesick and making a snow like flour mess, see the snow ball in his hand?

elf snow

Posting himself back to the North pole. Jake found this a little sad (oops)

elf postStealing Jake’s underwear and hanging from the light Jake thought this was beyond funny.

elf pantsThis was unfortunate. Elf used a wooden box as a toilet. lucky though Elf’s poo chocolate buttons. ( yum!)

elf on the looElf crosses the line by making us into dancing elf’s and posting it on Facebook.

elf yourself elfOnce the kids broke up for school I had Elfie deliver activities for the day, crafts, movies and cooking.

elf activitiesIt was a good job Christmas was coming, Elf was really getting out of hand.

elf out of handJake was far too attached to do the traditional Elf goes back to the North pole so he wrapped himself up for Christmas Morning and has stayed with Jake all year.

If you don’t already do Elf on the shelf. consider it, its so easy and so much fun!

This year Mr. Elf will have a lady friend so come on over to Fly on the wall to see what they are getting up to this season. http://flyonthewalljamyd.wordpress.com

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Find our Elf Gallery here. We would love to see your elf photos – do add them to our Christmas gallery here.

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5 Responses to Our Elf on the Shelf

  1. I’ve not heard about this. Might give it a try I think! Like you say, their imagination will do the work!

  2. It really does, just an elf doing a headstand would please lol

  3. Tanya says:

    I have seen the elf on the shelf idea, my little one is abit too young to understand santa or elf or anything yet, what age do you think is a good idea to start this?

  4. I would say about three, at that age they start to understand between fantasy and reality so will probably grasp elf isn’t really real or anything to be scared of and have the language to grasp the concept too. Happy elfing 🙂

  5. Stix says:

    We do Elf on the Shelf ,on year 3 now and my kids love it. Highly recommend it though not sure who enjoys it more…

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