*** NEW IDEAS FOR 2010 here:15 creative ways to hide your Elf On The Shelf ***
Last year we received our Elf on The Shelf from a good family friend. I have to say it truly was one of the best gifts ever.
For those not familiar with the tale the Elf on The Shelf- he is sent by Santa (with a story book) to watch over little girls and boys during the days leading up to Christmas. Each night he flies home to the north pole to report back on how good (or bad) their child has been. In the morning, this silly Elf hides himself in various places around the house for the children to find him in the morning.
I’ve been hearing lots of cute stories on twitter about kids and their elves. Some caught whispering their Christmas List to the Elf, others finding their elves next to a picture of the family with funny faces drawn on the frame with dry erase marker. People get so creative with these little guys and I cant help but feel like we need to step up our Elf-i-ness in this house.
Prime example: Most give their elves silly names like Jasper and Clyde… my son named his “Elf THE Shelf” – you see what I mean?
And then yesterday Mr.Complicated came home with elaborate stories of what his co-workers do with their Elves.
One places the box with the book and elf sitting on top on the front porch, he then rings the bell and runs back inside – giving the kids the impression that the Elf rang the bell to announce his arrival…
Another, puts army men parachutes on the elves and fixes them up in their tree outside with a note saying how they parachuted there from Santa’s sleigh (While this is cute, the non-child like mind of mine can’t help but think— but doesn’t the Elf fly? why does he need Santa’s Sleigh and a parachute?)
Anyway, ours showed up this year just sitting in our tree with the book beneath it, and every night just hides from place to place… don’t get me wrong– my son LOVES it, but now I feel like I need to do more.
Do you have an Elf on The Shelf? What are some of the fun things you’ve done with it? Give me some ideas!