Elf On A Shelf

Elf On A Shelf

  As a kid, getting together with Family for a potluck Supper and a game or two of Rummoli was just Holiday fun. Thinking back, I’ve realized this was a tradition  just as giving thanks on Thanksgiving is! Christmas is a time for sharing old and creating new traditions that also help inspire good in our children, and Santa becomes a big help despite the cost he incurs,  lol


😉 Knowing that the big guy in red is magically watching them from the North Pole, brings out the good in kids and helps spark their imagination. What better way to keep that spark burning all December than one of Santa’s helpers who takes notes and reports back to Santa, .A.K.A. The Elf On A Shelf!


  Now some of you may think this is a tradition worth steering clear of but for us it’s another way of inspiring the joy and imagination that makes Christmas & Santa what they are, as well as helping our little one to behave until Christmas. And having an elf who reports back to Santa on my sons behavior as a means to keep him from getting into trouble works just fine for me, lol!


Personally we find the original elf a bit creepy looking for our liking and wanted to do a playful Elf On The On The Shelf and found the cutest little guy at the Dollar Store, who totally fit the guidelines 🙂 He arrived with balloons to decorate the kitchen as well as a note with strict rules and a little surprise (Play Dough) for the little one.


 Elfie, not very creative but something a 3.5 year old can pronounce, has pulled little tricks around the house since arriving. Some of his shenanigans included making snow angels with sugar, shredding some wrapping paper and shaving my head while I slept, leaving a note to say I needed a haircut 😉 This is the first year that we’re doing this and we’ve seen an improvement in our sons behavior, he cleans up after being asked only once which to me is a great start, lol. Either way I think it’s a great tradition to add even more excitement to Christmas for the kids and even for Mommy and Daddy who have the creative duties of fun things for the elf to do 🙂


 Do you have any Christmas traditions, if so what are they?

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24 responses to “Elf On A Shelf

  1. I think this is such a cute idea. I think I will have to get my family a little mischievous elf too!

  2. hes much cuter the the original one 🙂

  3. I want to start elf on a shelf once my daughter is around three. As for traditions, we don’t do much out of the usual…Watch movies and spend time together. But we celebrate Nancy New Year.

    • It’s a great way to get them excited leading up to Christmas and keeps them in line 😉 I never heard on Nancy New Year until I met my wife! Good way to keep them behaving after Christmas too, lol.

  4. Dawn Wiley-Rader

    Elf on the shelf really has become a great way to keep children excited!!

  5. This is wonderful and affordable since the cutelittle guy comes from the dollor store. I am sure there are many ways for him to find some mischief to get into often 🙂

  6. Not sure yet. My son is only 1 1/2 though> we do have a Christmas tree, Christmas dinner and a small present (usually pjs) and a story, like the night before Christmas on Christmas eve.

  7. super cool! My daughter would love this!

  8. I love Elf on the Shelf lol. I might do it next year

  9. Every year I look for this little guy and every year I miss him!

    • Dollar store! A lot less creepy 😉 This was our first year and I think our last as well. We had a hard time thinking of creative things for him to do and it’s kind of hard to get your child to be good when Santa’s elf is being mischievous, lol. ~J~

  10. Nancy J Montgomery

    What a cute idea!

  11. Stacy Lynn Scott

    I Love this, I Don’t currently have one, But will be investing one for this upcoming year =) Love it

  12. Darlene Wissenz

    This is a cute way for the kids to keep excited, moving him around the house keeps them thinking that someone is watching

  13. I love elf on a shelf, need to get me one of those sneaky guys.

  14. michelle tremblett

    Love Elf on a shelf, cant wait to get one this Christmas and cause some trouble 🙂

  15. awe so cute and awesome ideas. i have yet to get an elf on the shelf but totally looking into it for next year

    • Thanks Kristen. We’ve been so busy with medical appointments and school that we haven’t had time to make a list of things for him to do but we’ve been thinking about bringing him back for the remainder of the Holidays. He didn’t really manage to make much of a difference in attitudes last year so it’s a debate,lol. ~J~

  16. Susanne McCarthy

    I think it is a cute way to help the kids count down to the big day! Some of the pics I see of Elf On the Shelf ideas are simply awesome! So cute 🙂

  17. you can google ideas about what to do with elfie

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