Elf on the Shelf

When it comes to Christmas traditions the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ is fast becoming a popular one for many Australian families. If you are unfamiliar with this growing tradition, ‘The Elf on the Shelf’ is an elf doll dispatched from the North Pole at the start of Advent to keep a watchful eye on the children and make sure they remain on Santa’s ‘nice’ list.

During the elf’s time in your home, he or she (they are available in different sexes and skin colours) does mischievous things to delight the children.

The elf must stay inside the home and he/she must never speak or move when people are home or awake, but can ‘move’ from place to place when no one is around. After all the fun and games from December 1-24 the elf then leaves on Christmas Eve, hitching a ride back home on Santa’s sleigh.

The elves are as different as the families they love. Some are silly, crafty or funny, while others are sweet, kind and calm. Our elf ‘Bella’ is a mixture of funny and sweet – and by sweet I mean a sweet tooth – the other morning we found she had toasted marshmallows over a candle in the lounge room!

My five-year-old insisted Bella had eaten them all too (but unfortunately for Molly the marshmallow dust all over her face told another story…)

I have been doing some research on what other elves have been up to:

– Elves have been found cutting paper snowflakes

– Elves have created mini twister board games from paper and have been found playing with other toys

– Elves have been found eating Nutella or chocolate (with chocolate evidence all over their face)

– Greedy elves have eaten the contents of a whole Advent calendar

– Elves have been found with a toy catalogue and a pen circling what they want for Christmas

– Elves have made snow angels using 100s and 1000s or icing sugar on the kitchen bench

– Sleepy elves have been found asleep in a tissue box with a couple of tissues folded up for the pillow

– Some elves have been found stuck inside lolly jars

– Sneaky elves have been found going through someone’s purse or wallet

– Naughty elves have used a whiteboard marker and drawn funny faces on a family photo inside a frame

– Acrobatic elves have been found hanging upside down from chandeliers or hanging from the star on top of the Christmas tree

– Tech savvy elves have used a mobile phone to take selfies or ‘elfies’ (bahaha I couldn’t help myself)

– Creative elves have been found colouring a page from a colouring in book

– Foodie elves have been busy in the kitchen baking gingerbread men or fruit mince pies

There are so many other elves getting up to mischief and if you want to hear or see more of what they get up to simply google ‘Elf on the Shelf’.

Have fun!

Mumma C Xxx