October 22, 2011

The Elf on the Shelf

Okay, I  know it's not even Halloween yet, and I'm not usually one to rush the season, but we've really enjoyed this little guy for the past few Christmases.  In fact, just last week in a school essay about family traditions, my oldest included our Elf on The Shelf as one of her favorite things we do each year as a family.  Because the elf makes his (or her) appearance right after Thanksgiving, I wanted to share this fun little tradition with you now.  (You should be proud of me since I usually wait until the last minute or even after the holiday to write a post!)  Besides, as of Tuesday, there are only two months until Christmas!!

Anyway, here's our elf!  

( We have the boy elf, but I just found out 
they have a cute girl elf version too)

The elf comes with a cute book explaining the tradition ~ Each year the elf comes to your house for the holiday season.  He watches over the children each day, then flies back to the North Pole each night to report his observations to Santa.  (Let me tell you, just knowing that the elf will be telling Santa if they've been good or bad each days results in a noticeable improvement in behavior!)  The book also has a spot for you to name your elf ( ours is Haddihat Foofer ~ don't ask how the kids came up with that one!!) and write down your family's name and when you started the tradition.

Here are my kids reading the book when our elf made his appearance after Thanksgiving last year.

The fun part of this tradition is that early each morning when the elf returns from the North Pole, he finds a different spot to spend the next day.  One day he may be sitting on the mantle, the next day inside the china cabinet and the following day on the ceiling fan!  The kids LOVE waking up each morning and rushing to find where he decided to stay.  (as long as Mommy remembered to move him!). 

Here was our elf watching from the curtain rod!

Now, for the past three years, our elf has simply watched over the kids and moved to a different spot each morning.  However, thanks to the wonders of Pinterest, I've discovered that many people have a whole lot of fun with it and have their elves do all sorts of fun pranks and tricks. 

Here are some fun ideas I've found that you can do with your elf...

I think my kids would get be thrilled if Haddihat Foofer has a little more fun with them this year.

Sharing our elf at:


  1. This is great! Will you post it on my link party for Created for Christmas? I think others would like to see this.


    Thank you!

  2. I can't wait for our elf to come out. I looked for the girl when i bought ours last yr. so we have the boy, i did make him a tutu this yr so he could play dress up one day HA! He drew on things last yr, left messages in the mirror and emptied my dd's dresser. Thankfully she wasn't mad and picked it up laughing. Im going to have fun this yr.

  3. I saw these last year and thought they were genius, but then thought that maybe my kids might be too old for it. So when I saw some small mice at a local store recently, I mentioned them to my hubby who went back and picked them up for me. We now have a "mouse about the house" as I like to call it. I move them around and let the kids know the mice are watching them. I love them and think it's a great tradition. Have you seen some of the posts of the elf's on pinterest? It's funny to see where they end up!

    ps-here's my post about the mouse about the house:

  4. OMG I wanted to buy this so bad last year but my son was only 10 months old. So we put it on the calender to by it this year. I am so excited to get it and to see there are all kinds of pranks to do with them

  5. We don't have an elf on the shelf but I have blogged about them and have seen some fabulous ideas on places to hide them on Pinterest. Hope you have fun finding places for him to hide this year!

    I have posted about a few of my favourite Christmas pins on my blog so if you have 5 Minutes to spare please pop by!

    Best wishes,

  6. I have the same EOTS as you (the one at the top)!!! But I didn't know there was a book!!!!


  7. I have found SO many ideas on Pinterest!

  8. I love this book but never remember to do anything with it until Christmas is over. Thanks for the reminder and the links place for elf ideas.

  9. I'm so glad you explained this! I saw the elves on pinterest & wondered about it. Looks like a fun tradition to start!

  10. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!
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  11. What a lovely idea! Do you think the elf would sit on a classroom shelf too? I am already wondering how I could use this with my second graders!

  12. Oh absolutely, Karen!! I wish I'd have found out about him while I was still teaching first grade ~ the kids would have gotten such a huge kick out of it and the possibilities that he would do fun little things in the classroom (writing on the chalkboard, etc.) are endless!

  13. Oh yes we have an elf! His name is Mr Gribbles. He doesn't like our dad lol. One time he bonked him on the head when he was hiding in the overhead compartment in the truck LOL. And another time the kids found him scattering the cats food all over the laundry room! He's a mischevious little elf! Please come link this to my VIP party this weekend http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/10/vip-party-34.html and have a Happy Halloween!

  14. This sounds like so much fun! I've never heard of it before. I think I'll have to get one.

  15. That is such a cute idea- we will have to try to do this! Thank you for sharing this with us on The Sunday Showcase

  16. how wonderful! never heard of it but love the idea, and wondering if I can think of a variation that's free! THANK YOU!

  17. Our elf likes to fish. He magically appears in the kitchen holding a pencil that has dental floss tied to one end and a goldfish cracker to the other end. He usually is fishing out of a small bowl full of colorful goldfish. My kids love this one.


  18. You should check out The Pajama Elves by Hayden Edwards. It is the story of elves at the North Pole who sew magical pajamas that help children sleep on Christmas Eve, so Santa can visit unnoticed. Another fun Christmas tradition for families!

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