11/29/2012

Everything Elf on the Shelf Idea Party


R is 3 and is actually getting a good grasp on the whole Christmas thing.  He's even singing Christmas songs...its so cute to hear him sing "Jesus Christ is born"with the Christmas station on the radio.

I discovered the whole Elf on the Shelf thing during his first Christmas but he was only a few months old. Then for his second and third Christmas' I brought out the elf whom we call Felix but R didn't really get it, until this year!

Unfortunately I still have questions as to how others do their traditions with him.  For instance, how do you get your kids not to touch him? And where does he go after your kids find him?  I told R that I have special gloves that Santa gave me so I can pick him up and put him in his special sleeping spot.


Felix (our elf) brought R a Christmas cup from Santa today!  And yesterday he was found jamming out with his rock band Elmo and Transformer!


I did some fishing around on Pinterest and found the Elf on the Shelf Pinterest page.  Also Elf on the Shelf has their own website!  Last night R watched the Elf on the Shelf movie, An Elf's Story, and LOVED it!

Tell your friends about this link up and lets see what we can gather together!


10 comments:

  1. The elf flies back to the North pole at night to report to Santa the childs behavior, so there is no need to have to touch him. Put him there and leave him there for the day. After your child goes to bed, or early before they wake move positions. and let that be where he stays all day. If you put him some where that he needs to be moved, send your child off to play, move the elf really fast and they will get a hugh kick out of the "move"! As for the no touching, explain (as the book does), if you touch the elf looses his magic and return to the North pole and will not come back, and Santa may not come either because he will not know if you have been good or bad. Put them in high places to start with, where they are not able to reach, but able to see. Lastly, if the child does touch the elf, hid the elf for the rest of the day/or next day and leave a note telling the child you can't touch me, if it happens again I will not be able to come back....or however you want to word it. I started this last year with my 3 year old, and she did touch the elf, ONCE, after she found out that he left (almost instantly, when she turned her back) and was gone for the whole next day too, and left a note that night.......she knew she could not touch him, or else! So you can make it work. Just start off with them in high places.

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    1. Great advice! I will definitely be keeping him in high places this year...and maybe next, my youngest is 10 months and crawling everywhere so she might attack my poor Felix! lol Thanks again for the advice and please come back:)

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  2. That's adorable! I had never heard of Elf on the Shelf. I did have a healthy respect for the tooth fairy though ;-).

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  3. I do the same as Nellie almost, We keep our elf in the same spot he moved himself to. I haven't had to get after my youngest to not touch him yet b/c he doesn't want to risk losing the magic, he actually yelled at his older sister one day bc she touched him haha...he also brings a joke everyday and he absolutely loves them, he keeps all of them and shares the jokes with everyone.

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  4. Here's a site that has a free printable for magic recovery dust with a letter from Santa about what happens when the elf is touched. Her nephew touched a younger nephews elf to "prove" hey wasn't real and she had to think quick as the younger nephew was VERY upset.

    I had to use this this week for my son who's friend was visiting and had never heard of the elf on the shelf and touched Elfie. My son was upset and I quickly used this. While they were off in the other room playing I printed the letter from Santa, colored some sugar red and green, and put it all in an envelope addressed to my son right next to Elfie.

    We sprinkled the dust on Elfie and he the next morning he had moved up a branch in the Christmas tree (where he had been the day before) and there was a note from Elfie (suspiciously in my writing) thanking T for being quick to follow Santa's instructions and explaining that no hard feeling were felt toward J who was just curious about Elfie.

    Worked like a charm and even has J believing again!

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    1. forgot to add the link... oops

      http://www.overthebigmoon.com/elf-on-the-shelf-magical-recovery-kit/

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  5. My 11 year old daughter is so funny. I can't believe she still believes in Santa but she does. She went crazy when this elf showed up and about blew a gasket when her daddy picked up "Caitlyn". She said I hope she doesn't lose her magic!
    After she finds her in the morning I just leave her, usually it's to head out the door to school so I clean up the mess and put Caitlyn in the tree for the day. We move her after daughter goes to bed. I love the Pinterest page, it has lots of cute ideas!

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  6. I have 4 boys, 8,5,3,2. I have to keep the Elf high up so that the "babies" don't touch him. AlexZander stays put in his spot all day long only moving after kids are in bed. (NOTE: Be sure your child(ren) are ASLEEP before moving your Elf. I *thought* all the kids were sleeping .. I cleaned up his mess (wrote on bathroom mirror with lipstick) and took him downstairs to find a new spot. He was in my hands when I heard a little voice ... Sh** ... I shoved the elf down my shirt turned around and it was my 8 yo who had gotten up to pee found that the Elf was no longer in the bathroom and came down to tell me. Almost caught RED HANDED!!)

    This year our Elf does things. He brought a new Christmas Chair (small wooden one for the mantle), he brought Elf Kisses (choc chips wrapped in tin foil), he wrote on the mirror, used dry erasers to write on pictures, got stuck in the Mini Blinds on his way back in, was TP'ed to the ceiling fan blade, was drinking the kids yogurt drink in the fridge, turned our milk blue ... He's a silly elf, and the babies especially get a kick out of his silliness!!! Have fun with him :)

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    1. That's funny! Good save;) My hubs and I have both picked him up and I used to tell my son that Santa gave me special gloves but I've since dropped that saying that Santa called me and had a little talk telling me to not touch Felix. lol when my hubs picked him up, I screamed because I didn't know how to tell R that I would be ok! lol my son was very worried about his elf after that.

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  7. HI! I found you on the bloghop and am your newest follower. I was kinda maybe sorta hopin' that you'd hop on by and follow me back!!

    Happy Holidays!
    Sarah
    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

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