I first learned about The Elf on the Shelf last Christmas. A friend of mine posted everyday on Facebook what the elf did the night before. Then another friend posted something about the elf. Next thing I knew at least 10 friends posted the mischief their elf did the night before. So I looked into this Elf on the Shelf. Basically it is a book that comes with an elf. The story is the elf comes to visit during the holiday season and reports back to Santa how the children are behaving. He also moves around. So the next day the kids search all over for the elf. I really thought it was a cute idea!
I went to the book store to get one AND this elf was UGLY! He reminded me of a toy I had when I was little. I played with it all the time because I was scared of it! I thought if I didn't play with it it would get mad at me. So I played with it and made pretend I loved it, when really I hated that stuffed lion with bright pink hair( my brother had one with bright blue hair).
So I got creative. In our house you can't see the elf. At night he comes in and makes mischief. So the kids wake up and look for the mess our elf made. Last year he did stuff like:
-spread toilet paper all over the house
-pee green pee in the toilet and not flush
-move the car into the middle of the front yard
- put the kids underwear in the Christmas tree (that didn't go over so well)
- rip up TONS of pieces of white paper to resemble snow
- made a "snow" angel out of flour on the counter
-put all of our stools and chairs into the bathtub
And many more things I can't think of! He is very creative with his misbehavior. Shane and I had so much fun with it! This year Aspen acts like she could care less but I know if we didn't she would say something. Matthew is still at the age where he is enjoying it. It's just a silly new tradition we started and are having a blast with! Most definitely one of the highlights of being a parent!!
Last night the elf came for the first time this year. He left a note on the kids bathroom mirror in toothpaste. It said," I'm back! Did you miss me!" My little first grader noticed the elf used an exclamation mark when he should have used a question mark. That alone was worth the pain in the rear of cleaning the toothpaste off the mirror! Tonight he is going to make a mess with the Halloween candy looking for his favorite kind. Feel free to leave ideas for our little trouble maker!
Here is a link if you want to check out the little guys website: http://www.elfontheshelf.com/#/home