We’ve had an Elf on the Shelf for three years now, before the popularity exploded all over the Internet with ideas for how to introduce your elf, how to pose your elf, and how to name your elf. This year will be the fourth year that Elfie (my son was pretty creative with that name) visits our house to keep an eye on my sons’ behavior. The day after Thanksgiving, our elf on the shelf happily arrives somewhere in our living room to the joy of the little boys. We get out the book that accompanies him and review the reason for him being there and the idea that he flies back home to the north pole every single night to report to Santa.
I know there are several calendars out there to help moms be creative every night with their Elf on the Shelf. I thought I’d share my ideas too. These ideas are different though. They’re not your typical Elf on the Shelf naughtiness. Why? Because the last thing my boys need is an excuse to be naughty: “I wrote all over the mirror cause the elf did it.” No, thank you!
Also, as a full time working mom, I don’t have the time to set up elaborate tableaus each night only to clean up the huge mess the next day to prepare for another scene. The moms who do that are amazing and creative and probably tired as all get out. I, on the other hand, tuck my boys in at night and almost immediately get in bed myself. I wake up before they do the next morning and head to work before they’re even awake. So, without further ado, here is my Elf on the Shelf Guide for Busy Moms.
- Day One: After getting the kids to bed, locate your Elf on the Shelf. Hopefully you remember where you shoved his box last year. Find a place in your living room to place your Elf. It could be on a shelf or on the TV or on the bookcase. Anywhere that the kids will find him easily will work.
- Day Two: Move your elf to a new location. Don’t worry about setting up a special scene. Seriously, just move him to a different place. The kids will find him in the morning.
- Day Three: Find a new location for the elf. Maybe this time he’s on top of the fridge. At least attempt to make it look like he’s sitting up so he can spy on the kids.
- Days Four – Christmas: Just move that little sucker to a new place every night. Let the kids find him in the morning.
The end. It’s that easy. My kids seriously don’t give a rat’s ass about all of the marshmallow fights, the pranks, or the special gifts. They just want to find their Elf on the Shelf in a different location every day. That way, they know he flew to the North Pole that night, reported to Santa, and returned to keep an eye on them. If you forget to move him one night, just tell them he must’ve liked that comfortable position too much to find a new one. The kids have fun and you’re not left broke, exhausted, and wanting to send that jerk straight to the garbage disposal.