It’s that festive time of year again when families begin to adorn their homes for Christmas. The Clark Griswold light display is in full swing, the tree is hand-picked & decorated, and the family Christmas stockings are hung by the fireplace. It’s also about the time when our mischievous Elf on a Shelf, named Snowflake begins to wreak havoc in our household.
As the story goes, the tradition begins when Santa dispatches a scout elf from the North Pole at the beginning of Advent to manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts an elf, gives it a name, and reads the story, the scout elf receives its magic. With his magic, he can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the daily adventures. Each morning, the scout elf returns to its family and rests in a different place to watch the fun. However, most elves get into shenanigans upon their return and you never know where you may find them in the morning. Perhaps, drinking out of the maple syrup with a straw or raiding the pantry. If you’ve ever needed a way to get children out of bed in a hurry, this is it! Children love to wake up and search the house looking for their family elf each morning. And so, our elf is about to make his debut again for the Christmas season.
There are a few rules for both the adopted elf and for children to follow:
• The elf must maintain distance while providing a watchful eye for Santa Claus
• Children are not allowed to touch the elf or he will lose his magic.
• The elf must never move or speak when people are around but can “move” when the household is sleeping.
As our children are getting older, our Elf on a Shelf needs to step it up a notch and find bigger, better and funnier stunts. In the past we’ve done the usual swinging from a ceiling fan, making snow angels in flour and the Rice Krispies cutout. But this year I only have a short list of antics for Snowflake to get into which include zip lining on a candy cane from the top of the 12 foot tree in our living room to the chandelier in the dining room and roasting a marshmallow over an LED votive candle…remember, safety first!
While I’d love to say I remember to set up a mischievous stunt every night, I am human and usually very tired by the end of the day. I have on occasion, remembered at the last possible minute before the kids wake up, that I have not moved Snowflake and been in a frenzy trying to find something creative for him to be caught doing. This year, I would love to have a plethora of ideas at hand so I don’t find myself a failure with disappointed children. Ok, maybe I’m laying it on a little thick, but who wants to see their children let down? What are some of the most memorable child-friendly shenanigans your elf has gotten into? Share your ideas and I will post a list in upcoming weeks.