Elf on the Shelf

One of our family’s favorite holiday traditions includes our elf, Pinnochio.  He’s from a book/doll set called Elf on the Shelf.
Elf on the Shelf
When we first bought our little guy, he wasn’t super popular and some people thought he was a little, *ahem*, creepy.  But rest assured, he is NOT and will absolutely make your holiday sparkle even more for your tots.
Basically, he (or she!  They now sell skirts if your elf would like to be female) is one of Santa’s elves, sent to make sure everything (and everyone) is in tip top shape.
He hides (okay, okay… Mom or Dad hides him after the kiddos have gone to sleep) and it’s a treat to find him in the morning.  He’ll stay perched there all day, keeping an eye on things, only to fly back to the North Pole each night.
Elf on the Shelf
Ours is named Pinnochio and is always landing in the oddest places, from the top of the television to hanging off our chandelier.  The only rule we have is that you may NOT touch Pinnochio or he loses his magic (in other words, we look with our eyes and not our hands).
So many bloggers and mamas have come up with awesome ideas for an elf to hide!  Let’s look through some pictures and then we’ll share a list of fun ideas, too!
That’s Country Living has a mischievous little guy that was always finding tricky places to hide last year.
Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf
This little guy was found HERE, hiding in the fridge!
Elf on the Shelf
Clever mama at Lil Blue Boo captured some great hiding places of their elf:
Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf
How much fun are those ideas?!  I know that I need to step my game up this year and have Pinnochio hide in more creative ways and places!
How about a list of some great ideas for your elf?  Blossom Bunkhouse shares some wonderful ideas.  These are a few of hers and mine, but you’ll have to hop over to see even more of hers!
In our house, our elf shows up December 1st and leaves Christmas Eve, so we’ve included 25 ideas for you.  One for each night if you’d like to try it out!
-Eating cookies or pantry snacks
-Coloring in a coloring book
-Tearing up a child’s old homework
-Playing your child’s video games or DS
-Using a shoe as a sleigh
-Turn the toilet water blue!
-Make the milk red or green
-Dump out a toy box
-Build a block tower
-Make faces on school pictures with an erasable marker
-Play cards
-Practice math flashcards
-Cut coupons
-Try on mom’s jewelry
-Wrap gifts
-UNwrap a gift!
-Sit by the fire
-Turn the kitchen chairs upside down
-Set a silly table for breakfast
-Hide mom or dad’s shoes, keys or cell phones
-Host a dance party with other stuffed animals
-Make a phone call
-Drink milk
-Replace family photos with those of the elf
-Hide rocks in socks… with the elf in the sock, too!

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