It’s time for Elf on the Shelf… every Parent’s worst nightmare.
Yes Parents, it is almost that time of year… the dreaded Elf on the Shelf is near.
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It is every Parent’s worst nightmare, waking up the next morning and realizing they didn’t move the Elf. We’ve been there!
We have gotten away with telling our oldest son:
“Oh, Sneaky didn’t move because you were naughty yesterday. He only moves to tell Santa the good deeds you’ve been doing!”
And all is well again.
Save that excuse for later, trust me you’ll need it.
We started this Christmas tradition almost 3 years ago, when JJ was 3. He looks forward to when Sneaky the Elf will appear. He usually makes his appearance the day after Thanksgiving!
We kickstart the tradition with watching An Elf Story movie that goes with it.
A Little About Elf on the Shelf
If you’re not familiar with the story, Chippey the Elf is sent to a family by Santa.
There is a little boy in the family who doesn’t believe in Christmas Spirit. Chippey is tasked to help him believe again!
However the little boy decides to break the cardinal rule and touch the elf–a big no, no! Chippey ends up losing his magic… don’t worry they both end up believing magic and the Christmas Spirit again.
Alright, Back to the Ultimate List of Ideas!
There are so many amazing ways to pose your Elf! Some are crazy, some are easy, some are outrageously crazy!
You get the gist.
Don’t be hard on yourself, your kids will love whatever pose / set-up your elf has!
Ready to get started?
The Ultimate List of Ideas for Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf Zip Line Steam Challenge at Our Family Code
Elf on the Shelf Stuck in Glass at Blog Andiamo
Progress Reports at Home Bound But Hopeful
Be Good Written in Cheerios at Ballard Brunch
Yeti or Not at Home Bound But Hopeful
Head First into M&Ms at Natalie Wright
Elf Stuck in the Vacuum Cleaner at Picklehead Soup
Right in the Kisser at Home Bound But Hopeful
Elf Stuck in a Toilet Roll at A Thrifty Mom
Let it Rip at Home Bound But Hopeful
Elf in a Stocking at Raining Hot Coupons
Time for Presents at Home Bound But Hopeful
Elf Shaving Cream at Raining Hot Coupons
Building Memories at Home Bound But Hopeful
Refrigerator Elf at New Mercies
Donut Miss This at Home Bound But Hopeful
Olaf Snowman at Learning as I Sew
Vrooooom at Home Bound But Hopeful
Bank Robber Elf at Dirty Diaper Laundry
Feeling Nutty at Home Bound But Hopeful
Sharpie Elf at Sweet Treats Tasty Treats
Is That You Charlie Brown? at Home Bound But Hopeful
Train Tracks Elf at California Unpublished
Monster Mash at Home Bound But Hopeful
Do You Feel Lucky? at Home Bound But Hopeful
Who’s Coming Back for a Visit? at Adventures with Ellie
Who’s This Joker? at Home Bound But Hopeful
Banana Minions Elf at California Unpublished
Sack Race Elf at California Unpublished
Prisoner Elf at California Unpublished
Snow Angel Elf at Home Stories A to Z
Elf Drinking Syrup with Barbie at Over the Big Moon
Elf Lifting Marshmallow Weights at Dirty Diaper Laundry
Doodles in a Kid’s Coloring Book at First for Women
Frozen by Elsa at I Heart Naps
Hiding in Stuffed Animals / Toys at Simply Well Balanced
Hanging on the Christmas Topper at Simply Well Balanced
Inside Toothbrush Drawer at Simply Well Balanced
In a Shoe at Simply Well Balanced
- Christmas Traditions You Must Do with Your Family
- 25+ Christmas Delicious Recipes
- My Favorite Christmas Movies
- My Favorite Holiday Memory
- Hot Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies
Elf Watching Netflix at Paper Heart Family
Taco Time at Paper Heart Family
Snow Ball Fight with Cotton Balls at The Simple Parent
Elves in a Snow Globe at The Simple Parent
Letters to Santa at The Simple Parent
Ugly Sweater Party at The Simple Parent
Have a Nice Poop at The Simple Parent
Elf Hides Candy Canes at Lil Luna
Elf Goes Fishing at Lil Luna
Draws on a Mirror at Lil Luna
Elf Takes a Bath at Lil Luna
Sips Hot Cocoa at Lil Luna
Leave a New Book at Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten
Camo Elf Hiding at Frugal Coupon Living
Elf Made Mini Pancakes at Home Stories A to Z
Date Night at Life as Mama
Namaste Elf at Life as Mama
Elf Playing Twister at Frugal Coupon Living
Playing the Drums at Frugal Coupon Living
Christmas Candy Sleigh at The Soccer Mom Blog
Playing Nintendo at The Soccer Mom Blog
Toilet Paper the Christmas Tree at The Soccer Mom Blog
Plunger Elf at Passion for Savings
Ninja Elf at Passion for Savings
Doll House Present Exchange at Artsy Fartsy Mama
Climbing an Abacus at Craftulate
Elf Playing with a Puzzle at Craftulate
Candy Cane Bath at Craftulate
Dunk Tank at This Mama Loves
Camping with Barbie at Lil Blue Boo
Elf Playing Cards at Lil Blue Boo
Buddy Was Here at Lil Blue Boo
Packing Lunch at Lil Blue Boo
Swinging Elf at A Small Snippet
Sunbathing at A Small Snippet
Playing School at A Small Snippet
Racing to the Finish Line at A Small Snippet
Rocking Baby Jesus at A Small Snippet
Playing Football at A Small Snippet
Elf Cutting Down Christmas Tree at A Small Snippet
Chocolate Lounger at Jessie Daye
A Game of Gum Pool at Jessie Daye
Battle Craft Elf at Jedi Craft Girl
Hanging on the Wreath at Jedi Craft Girl
Gingerbread Photo Op at Unknown
Gum Ball Pit at Target
Polar Express at Tumblr
Personalized Eggs at Katherine Marie
Scuba Elf at Frugal Coupon Living
Portrait Elf at Simple as That
Santa Lookout at Honolulu Family
Making Paper Snowflakes at Rachel Swartley
Elf Spaghetti at I Heart Naptime
Super Elf at Busy Kids Happy Mom
Bungee Elf at Busy Kids Happy Mom
Plays Scrabble at Busy Kids Happy Mom
Good Bye Elf at Busy Kids Happy Mom
Elf Nerf Gun Fight at Busy Kids Happy Mom
My Final Thoughts
It can be a little exhausting and nerve racking when you forget to move the Elf… but it is so fun and rewarding looking at your child’s face. How it lights up when they see what their mischievous Elf has been up to!
Don’t see one of your ideas above? I’d love to hear your ideas!