by Jennifer W



Elf On The Shelf

The elf is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa manage his lists. When a family adopts an elf, gives it a name, the scout elf receives it’s magic and can fly to the North Pole each night and tell Santa about the day’s adventures. Each morning the scout elf returns to your home, perhaps in a different spot to watch the fun.


We adopted our elf, Hollis Thomas two years ago when my son was four. He has provided a lot of excitement and tons of laughter to our house! Every morning from December 1st- December 24th my son jumps out of bed and searches for his friend. Our elf enjoys creating mischief, some elves prefer to hide.


My son wholeheartedly believes in the magic of the elf, the flying and the communication with Santa. That means that 24 situations must be magically created each holiday season. Some of them are well thought out ahead of time and some in the middle of the night when I realize I forgot to move the elf. Fortunately, there are numerous websites to provide inspiration when you run low on ideas.


Here are a few “situations” that have been huge hits in our house:

  • The elf coloring a picture.
  • Fishing in the toilet.
  • Wrapped in the end of a toilet paper roll, with the actual paper wrapped around my son’s room.
  • In the refrigerator drinking syrup.
  • In the freezer looking for Santa.
  • Tied up by superheroes.
  • Drawing on the glass of a picture frame.
  • Roasting marshmallows over a
  • candle, unlit of course.
  • Making snow angels in sugar onthe counter.
  • Taping ribbon or streamers over the doorway.
  • Filling the sink with marshmallows and taking a bath with a rubber duck.




The options are endless! One thing is for sure…..your child will have wonderful memories of the fun surrounding this tradition. Happy Holidays!!!!!






By | 2014-12-01T05:04:22+00:00 December 1st, 2014|Categories: Kids, Newly Published, Parent resources|2 Comments

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.


  1. Dana Johns December 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    How do I get one my girls would love one

    • Jill P December 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      You can get them at most bookstores or toy shops or order it online. Have fun!

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