For Better or for Worse, It’s Elf on the Shelf Time

If you have little ones in your life, you’re probably aware of Elf on a Shelf (affiliate link).

I’ve noted that Elf on a Shelf is actually better than an advent calendar because it’s a nice way to count down to Christmas that doesn’t involve daily candy and/or small presents.

The problem, of course, is that in order to keep the “magic” of the elf going, you have to be diligent about moving the elf from spot to spot around your house from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas day.

And if you travel during this time period, the elf has to show up wherever you are. Because he’s magic, and he knows how to find his family each morning when he comes back from giving his report to Santa each night at the North Pole.

Heck, you have to remember where you stored that darn elf the day after Christmas last year. (Does anyone even remember what they did the day after Christmas last year?)

Our “Elfie” has shown up in New York City and Massachusetts. It’s not easy to secretly transport and strategically place an elf from one location to another while you are traveling and the kids are running around yelling things like “I wonder where Elfie is!” “Where do you think Elfie will be when we get there?!” All while I’m nudging my husband to get the elf and find a spot for it while I’m yelling, “It’s been a long trip. Go potty before you look for Elfie!”

So, I guess what I’m saying is that the elf stresses me out. The honeymoon is over. He’s a lot of responsibility. And if you screw up, you can totally ruin the magic of Christmas. G is 7 now and is able to figure this thing out with one small slip up.

Plus, let’s face it, the elf is a tad bit creepy looking.

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Our “Elfie” on the shelf. He likes books.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the Elf on a Shelf has its merits. It is a cute idea (that I totally wish I had), and you can use the elf as leverage when your kids aren’t behaving as well as you’d like.

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Our elf is named “Elfie.” We are clearly not that creative in the elf-naming department.

It’s just that the websites and blogs that are all about being “creative” about your Elf on the Shelf are kind of killing me right now. I’m not the type that will stage an elf doing some sort of “naughty” thing, whether it’s good or bad.

I’m lucky if I remember to move the Elfie. (Sidenote: If anyone wants to start a website/service that sends out daily reminders to move your Elf or keep track of where you put it, let me know.)

Look at what a simple Google search turns ups for Elf on the Shelf:

Actually, that last one is totally worth visiting.

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Do you get creative or are you just lucky to remember to move it?

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  1. says

    I am SOOOOO with you on the Elf on the shelf!!!! It is exhausting and I barely make it through changing locations every day with that weird scary little doll. I wrote about last years craziness and yet the kids have been begging to get the book out and have been anxiously awaiting “Little Chris” for literally months…
    I keep making up reasons why he’s not here yet…. better get on that one.

    And Here. We. Go.
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  2. says

    I have a good friend who does this, and it looks like soooo much fun! For her and for her girls. It does seem like a ton of work, though. Since my little guy is still so young, probably wouldn’t need to decide / start it until next year.
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  3. Patti Lawton says

    I am so thankful that the Elf didn’t make his (I can only think of it as male but have no verification!) appearance until after my boys were too old to partake in what appears to be a delightful holiday tradition! I’ll send these thoughts onto my daughter-in-law though before she starts something with Ben that she may come to regret!

  4. says

    Ha ha ha, I’m so glad I’m not the only mom who forgets to move the Elf! We forgot so many times last year, but luckily the kids were small enough we could tell them anything (he must have been really comfortable there! or he must have fallen asleep and forgotten to go back to Santa last night!) and they bought it. I think this year we will not be able to fool them. So thanks for the tips – I will check those out to have a more successful Elf experience this year!!
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    • says

      It was much easier when the boys were younger. Now that G’s 7, it’s hard to get anything by him. The whole “Looks like Elfie was comfortable in that spot” to cover not moving him doesn’t work as well!

  5. says

    I don’t know… The Elf on the Shelf thing seems a little bit like tattling to me. Like – if you mess up, the Elf is going to tell on you! We never had one growing up, but we did have Advent Calendars. And I agree, he is a little scary/creepy!!
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  6. says

    You’re good. You are. I don’t have an elf. It’s not an expectation in my house – which is a blessing in disguise I would totally forget to move it!
    Is the elf creepy looking or is it that he reminds me of those calymation Christmas specials from when I was young – or were those claymation figures just pain creepy looking?
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