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25 Days of Elf on the Shelf Ideas: A Family Christmas Tradition

Friday, November 8, 2013

So creative
Knee hugging shelf elves have been a family tradition since at least the 1950s when miniature figurine elves sat atop shelves to keep children honest. This tradition became more mainstream in 2005 with the publication of, The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition by Carol Aebersold and Chandra Bell.

This charming tale describes a small house elf who arrives the day after Thanksgiving to “watch” over the household children each day. When the children go to sleep, the Elf on the Shelf gives the naughty or nice report back to Santa. The next day the elf reappears in a new area of the house, often having moved items around to show that he came to life that previous night and that Christmas magic exists. The house elf stays with the family through December 24th when he heads back to the North Pole to be with Santa until next year.

Many parents have begun this tradition in their homes, often starting when their child reaches age three. The excitement children get over naming, talking to and seeing their own house elf “move” is heart-warming and memorable.

Now you can get creative with how you move your elf each night. Here are 25 ideas to help you get started with your own Elf on the Shelf Christmas family tradition.

Day 1
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Hanging around after Thanksgiving.

Day 2
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A marshmallow bath.

Day 3
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Carriage ride date with Barbie.

Day 4
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Remembering the family rules.

Day 5
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In the tree.

Day 6
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Sitting with your kids crafts.

Day 7
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Fun with kids crafts.

Day 8
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Add food coloring to your milk for a fun surprise.

Day 9
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Slurping down syrup.

Day 10
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Dry erase marker doodles on the kids' pictures.

Day 11
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Toilet paper on the Christmas Tree.

Day 12
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Goldfishin',

Day 13
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With the Christmas cards.

Day 14
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In the stockings.

Day 15
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Leaving a note from Santa.

Day 16
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In the car.

Day 17
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On the refrigerator door.

Day 18
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Keeping an eye in the bathroom.

Day 19
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Use flour for snow.

Day 20
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Rudolph says hi.

Day 21
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Place him around special household items.

Day 22
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Reading T'was the Night Before Christmas.

Day 23
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A sink hot tub.

Day 24
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Spelled gumdrops out of miniature cookies.

Day 25
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A tea party with Santa.

And there you have 25 ideas for your Elf on the Shelf Christmas family tradition. If you’ve already begun this tradition, what are the most memorable elf “moves” you’ve done in your own home?

25 Days of Elf on the Shelf ideas

9 comments:

  1. Featuring you on my FB page in a couple minutes! Love this guy...wish my girls did :( Nice to meet you Erin! ~ Julie redheadcandecorate.com

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    1. Hi Julie,

      Thank you so much for the shout-out. I'm beyond grateful. And thank you for stopping by. I went to your site, and it's beautiful! :)

      - EB

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  2. This is so adorable! I just bought myself a vintage elf because I have always wanted one. I even gave an elf and the book to my oldest granddaughter a few years ago but I never read it all the way through. This is such a great idea! I can do this with my 2 year old granddaughter Chloe. Love your ideas! Pinned! Visiting from Inspiration Monday

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    1. Hi AnnMarie,

      I'd love to own a vintage elf, myself! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. :)

      - EB

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  3. oh the fun to come as we play this game this year
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  4. Love all the ideas! I'm lucky if I remember to move ours LOL Love also how you have our card up :) I look forward to seeing what ideas you come up with this year for your elf!

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    1. Edos,

      I have some ideas lined up for this year. We'll see if I have the umph to go through with some of them. ;)

      - EB

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  5. Its inspiring article about upcoming Christmas. I have to inspire with your ideas about gifts on christmas. Thanks for share <3 bulk buy christmas gifts

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