The Elf on The Shelf ~ A Joyful Christmas Tradition

The Elf on The Shelf is a Christmas Tradition.  I could give you a long winded explanantion about him but basically, this cheeky little elf appears in children’s homes in the lead up to Christmas.  He finds himself some adventures, always leaving a little clue as to what he has been up to while the children are sleeping.  Some clever “Elf on The Shelf” participants even leave notes, photographs, emails and videos all igniting the joy and wonder of Christmas.  

Of course you can buy the authentic “Elf on The Shelf” which comes packaged with a story about the little guy. Or you could just do what I do and just buy your own little elf from a dollar store!

Not all elves have to be cheeky!  Some may do good deeds, or imitate parts of the nativity story, or just leave little notes encouraging children to do good deeds.  It is you elf and your family!  Oh and don’t forget to give him/her a name!  Here’s what some cheeky elves have been up to! 

Paint your childs nose red in the night!

A fishing elf with a candy cane fishing rod

All wrapped up!

Reading a "toy story"

Baking reindeer cookies

A few drinks and games with the boys

Vanity elf has replaced all the family pictures with pictures of himself!

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A slipper race!

Attempting to be crafty!

Hanging by a thread!

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  1. Some very clever mums! I am thinking that you wouldn’t want to start too clever, otherwise you have to outdo yourself for another 24 days 🙂

  2. These are hysterical. especially the drinks with the boys

    I have thought about doing the elf thing but I know I would feel pressure – i just about manage our advent calendar of activities LOL

  3. That is very cute and clever! I’d never heard of this before. It’s not something I’m about to adopt in our family, but I do love the idea..

  4. See, I never knew about The Elf on the Shelf! Great idea, although the elf does freak me out a bit. Yes sorry, weird I know. But a great idea to use on the kids though!

  5. Ok, I want one now!

  6. oh this is awesome i love it how much fun for the kids it would be hmmmm maybe give it a try

  7. I had never heard of the Elf on the Shelf! What a great idea for kids… and some creative mums!

  8. I hadn’t heard of the Elf before Pinterest. I love all the creative ways to pose him for the kids (and photos). What fun!

  9. Ive never heard of Elf on the shelf.. love it so cute.. where do you get this elf from>? I would love to do this with my babies!

  10. He is just too cute. I love it. xx

  11. Thank you so much for all those great ideas! I bought the book and Elf on eBay after Xmas last year, and now I have HEAPS of great ideas of where to hide him. Thank you again Larissa and Pininterest:)

  12. I love this… I’d never heard of Elf on the Shelf until I stumbled upon some photos on Pinterest. It’s such a fab idea. Going to try and get hold of an elf now.

  13. Love these ideas about to go looking .

  14. Awesome. I want one!

  15. I love the idea, I’m just a little confused about the logistics I suppose. So when your kids wake up, see the mischief he’s been up to and had the excitement, then what? Do you leave him there, do you then with the kids put him in a special place? Are you allowed to touch him? What do you do after the excitement part? Thanks!

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