We haven’t introduced an Elf on the Shelf to our house yet – mainly because I’m worried I’d forget and have to jump out of bed at 2am!
But I love the Facebook photos from friends who do have cheeky December visitors freezing Elsa in ice, abseiling down the banisters and stealing chocolate bars.
If you’re gearing up for a month of dreaming up elf mischief, you will love this blog from Anna at North Leeds Mumbler, with enough ideas to keep him busy until Christmas.
And if you ever do forget to move it, you’ll find some great excuses as to why it hasn’t moved here !!
What is Elf on the Shelf?
The child-friendly answer – It’s your friendly scout elf who Santa sent from the North Pole to check whether children are being naughty or nice in the run-up to Christmas. When adopted – and named – by a family, it gets its special Christmas magic and can fly back to Santa each night to tell him about its day.
Every morning, the Elf returns home and finds a new spot in the house for the children to go ‘Elf hunting’.
The Elf arrives on the 1st December and returns to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
The Elf on the Shelf rules
According to the official website, www.elfontheshelf.com, there are two simple rules:
1. “A scout elf cannot be touched. Christmas magic is very fragile and if a scout elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole.”
2. “A scout elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! A scout elf’s job is to watch and listen.”
Introducing your Elf on the Shelf
There are lots of versions of Elf on the Shelf out there, ranging in price, we just got one from our local supermarket which didn’t cost the earth. For more details on the official scout Elf visit www.elfontheshelf.com
The Elf normally arrives with a letter, there are lots of ideas for downloadable letters for new or returning Elves on Pinterest.
Once the Elf has arrived the children then give it a name.
Then you have the fun for the next 23 nights of finding something new for it to do each night. Elves are very cheeky and get up to all sorts while the children are sleeping…
23 Tried and Tested Elf on the Shelf Ideas
Thank you to Mumblers for their input into the many fun and creative ideas below!
Brushing Teeth Elf
Dressing Up Elf
James Bond Elf
Christmas Tree Elf
Toilet Roll Elf
Sweet Thief Elf
Midnight Snack Elf
Row Row your Boat Elf
* Pictures courtesy of Mumblers
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