OK so I am finally jumping on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon this year – I have already purchased the original Elf on the Shelf doll and book (female version), and now I am scanning Pinterest daily looking for ideas on what to do with it. You can get your official elf here: https://amzn.to/2Du5wqe
For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, Elf on the Shelf is basically a fun little game that you can play in the run up to Christmas. One of Santa’s Elves appears in the house on 1st December and watches the family to see how well they are behaving. He/she then reports back to Santa each night, and reappears in a different place the following day. Of course the children genuinely think he’s a real elf, and as a result should be on their best behaviour throughout the festive month (in theory), as well as having fun each morning trying to discover elfs new hiding place.
The fun of it for adults is finding new, ingenious places for the elf to appear each morning, and as the doll is very movable it can be placed in various positions to make it look like it’s doing something particular. Your elf can be as naughty or as nice as you wish, there are no rules, just the reach of your imagination. I’ve recently also discovered that some people have taken to positioning the elf in some more ‘adult’ related scenarios
once the kids have gone to bed – who says this game is just for the children?!
I already have my plan for Day One – Elf is going to be sitting on top of the kids’ advent calendar, ready to introduce herself. She will be accompanied by the book which explains to the children who she is, what she does, and what they can/can’t do. For example, they are not allowed to touch her as she will disappear – a great way of making sure they don’t accidentally figure it out!
So I am all set, and I am actually getting ridiculously excited about it! Mainly due to the look on my 5 year olds face when she sees it for the first time, but also because I am just a big kid at heart. I shall be posting our daily Elf positions on my Pinterest board here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/rhapsomummy/elf-on-the-shelf/ so follow the board to see what our elf is up to on each day!
For the less mature parents out there, I will also be posting on my adult Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board for you to follow here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/rhapsomummy/my-adult-elf-on-the-shelf/
I would love to hear from you about your Elf on the Shelf ideas, comment below or send me pictures and Pinterest links!