LF ON THE SHELF IS BACK, AND THIS YEAR MIGHT BE BETTER THAN EVER!
Our little Elf Ringo Bells made his debut for 2016 on December 1. This page will be updated daily (or at least close to daily) to not only show you his adventures with out family this Christmas, but to also inspire you and give you clever ideas and funny inspiration for your own elf.
This is our 4th year with him, and so by the end of this one, that will be 100 different and unique ways we’ve hidden the elf. And, I’ve shared all of them (I think. Maybe I’ve missed one or two) here on the blog, but also on my Instagram page. I’ve never done the “you can’t touch the elf” thing with my kids, and they know it’s me moving it around. I actually debated not doing him this year simply because the kids are older now, but even the teenagers got sad about not seeing the little mischief maker around. So, we invited him back.
I’ve learned a few things over the years that have made him easier to do, and to take the pressure off. First of all, as long as you actually take the time to do something with him each night, the kids love it. But if you forget to move him, Pinterest is FULL of ideas to explain it if you want to. In other words, you don’t have to be super creative, the kids won’t mind.
Last year, I used this tutorial from All Mommy Wants to make our elf posable. It made it so much easier to pose him.
And this year, I’ve purchased the Elf on the Shelf Scout Elves at Play Kit. I got mine from Target, but here’s an Amazon affiliate link to make it easy for you to grab one of your own if you’d like. It’s got a lot of great ideas and tools you can use to make the “Oh man! It’s midnight, and I still have to do something with the dang elf” moment a lot easier! I’ve also seen Elf on the Shelf Pet Reindeer and an Elf on the Shelf St. Bernard on Amazon, so those might be fun to use too.
I’ll include as many Amazon links to products I use this year that I can, so you can easily find them and use them too.
Don’t Forget the Elf-
The first day, I tricked the kids into thinking I forgot all about the elf. Disappointed in my obvious lack of Christmas creativity, they dragged themselves to the car to head to school, only to find him waiting for them there! I got my Cool Mom card back, I think.