Elf on The Shelf
We believe in magic.
We believe in "Christmas Magic".
We believe in whimsical, child-like magic that gives you warm fuzzies.
There is something so intoxicating about seeing your child's face
when you've created magic for them.
The Elf on the Shelf holds that magic.
He flies every night to the North Pole to report to Santa on
whether your child was naughty or nice.
(The first time I heard this...I thought...genius.
I need that kind of motivational magic with three kids!)
He used to be the kind of magic that only my "super fun mommy friends" knew about.
We had to buy him and his book online or in the back corner of Hallmark.
Because he was special...and a secret.
Now you can find him at his own display table in Barnes and Noble,
and the end of the aisle at Target,
where moms are dodging and weaving so their child doesn't see.
He is SUPPOSED to come from the North Pole!
Our elf BOB (yes, they named him in caps), likes to take things to the next level.
Here is the book if you aren't familiar with Elf on the Shelf.
When Michaela first started the elf magic, she wrote a letter that she could deliver to her boys. It just made him so magical that he could come with a letter, that said "READ ME".
She happily shared the letter with me when my elf was soon to arrive.
We are happy today to share it with you.
You can download the letter and the "READ ME" tag at the bottom of this post.
Last year, I captured with a photo each day BOB came to our house.
He became quite the celebrity on my personal Facebook page last year,
and now has a following!
We hope you enjoy some of these whimsical and fun ideas,
and be inspired to spread a little "Christmas Magic" with your kids.
Day 1- North Pole Breakfast
I found this idea from Pinterest last year from Little Pumpkin Grace. Have a North Pole Breakfast on December 1st. Everything served in the breakfast is "white". Powdered donuts, Hot cocoa with marshmallows, Frosted Flakes. BOB left some fun little gifts too.
Day 2- Calgon....Take me Away!
Day 3- Gone Fishing
Day 4- Got Milk?
I have to warn you with this one.
Only one of my kids was brave enough to drink it.
You have to be willing to waste a whole gallon of milk.
The sound of their giggles was worth it.
Day 5- Let's Decorate!
Day 6- Halloween Candy
That naughty elf! He even has chocolate on his cheeks.
Day 7- Words with Friends
Yes, this took a ridiculous amount of time.
Glad I can share it with you, so you can go to bed at a reasonable hour.
Day 8- BOB is crafty!
How is he holding the scissors you ask?
A small dab of hot glue.
My BOB has been through the ringer, and it shows.
He's my Velveteen Rabbit.
Day 9- Couch Potato
Yes, that popcorn is blue.
I found it at the grocery store and hid it for this special night.
Day 10- I "Mustache" You a Question!
Draw a mustache on the kids' photo with a dry-erase marker.
The older two loved this one,
but, this is where my youngest decided that BOB was being too naughty.
Day 11- A new Christmas movie
We are HUGE Muppet fans and I found A Muppet's Christmas Carol for $5 at Target.
It was in the DVD player ready to go.
Muppets and magic....a perfect Saturday morning in our house.
Day 12- Elf Kisses
I found this printable on Kims Kandy Kreations. You print out the bag topper and fill a sandwich baggie full of Christmas Hershey kisses.
Fold the bag topper over the bag, staple and you're done!
Day 13- The toys are getting jealous!
Lotso Huggin Bear holding the sign is just Disney-inspired elf perfection.
Day 14- Snow Angels!
Day 15- Mirror Mirror
I left it there all day for the kids to look at and laugh.
It took me an hour to get the dried toothpaste off.
I will never do this again. I'm just being honest.
Day 16- Extreme Sports
Create a "zipline" somewhere in your house.
We used string and a paperclip.
We attached him to the paperchip with some hot glue.
I loved that he was "zip lining" to the Christmas tree.
Day 17- The Elf Express
The train was running as they came down the stairs that morning.
The best part about this one was the giggles my hubby and I had the night before,
trying to get him to stay on the train,
trying to video it to music,
trying not to wake anyone up.
The giggles we had, was the magic that night.
Day 18- A major food group!
If you've seen the movie Elf, you'll know where this comes from.
Buddy: " We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."
Day 19- Storytime!
Day 20- Elf self-love
Found this idea from Pinterest.
So worth every second it took to do that.
Day 21- Countdown to Christmas!
Day 22- Homesick!
Day 23- You've been Rudolph'ed!
My kids are really heavy sleepers, so this might not work for you.
I was glad we were on Christmas vacation because the only red I had
was Revlon "colorstay" lipstick. It took some scrubbing to get it off!
Day 24-The reason for the Season
No words needed.
Day 25- Goodbye!
I found this elf printable stationary last year from Piggy Bank Parties.
You can download it here.
I'm not sure who has more fun with BOB....me or the kids.
"Those who don't believe in magic, will never find it." -Roald Dahl
Here is the link for you to download our Elf Letter and Read Me tag