Quite a few years ago now we decided to welcome a Snowman called Wilbur to get up to mischief in our home throughout December. When we relocated back home form Germany to the UK, Wilbur retired and we had a new mischief maker called Pickles the elf. He has a full Christmas name but I struggle to remember it now!
Fast forward a few years and we have more than one elf come and visit each December. Mainly due to a missing pickles which led to a hasty purchase of Peppermint and we were then destined to be over run when the baby elf of the family joined us (for Florence our youngest) called Sugarplum Mary. We occasionally have a larger gangly Welsh elf Gwinifer (to keep our teenager from not being left out) then other toys also come to life on certain eventful nights, such as our 3 German gnomes who watch over them quite fiercely! So you catch my drift we’re bonkers for elf antics in this house and certainly like to make December tricky for ourselves, with late night alarm reminders to think up some capers for them all!
We are big kids at heart and apart from the odd night of moaning, we do enjoy the magic and the fun that the Elf or Elves can bring. Plus it’s just adorable watching our littles kneeling down by the elf door whispering to the North Pole whilst slightly hesitant that a miniature person may pop out and take them by surprise! So this year we’re determined to be more organised, keep it simple and not costly and without too many props or extras. We thought it only fair to show some solidarity to all you hard working elf on the shelfers and round up some hopefully handy elf ideas from Pinterest to give you 24 days of elf inspiration, along with a helpful elf kit list to be organised. I have also added in a few days of ideas to swap in case you can’t do one of the 24 prompts already shared. Our elves will disappear to help at the North Pole on Christmas Eve, especially as it’s a Birthday day in our house, so 24 is all I will be doing. I have added in my Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board to show and share where my inspiration has come from and a helpful elf kit list at the end of the post to have handy for the 24 days of elf madness. I will try my best to document what goes on in our house over on my instagram stories.
Lastly we don’t have the official elf on the shelf as we preferred a different style of elf so you’re able to join in with these prompts with any kind of elf or winter teddy. We do try and stick to the rule that once they have discovered the elf/elves each morning they then have to put them back on a shelf so their magic doesn’t get rubbed off too much. This ensures that they don’t go missing and we’re not hunting for them around the house come night time. It also keeps the magic of them alive a little bit more.
Extra ideas to swap a day – Sleeping in a tissue box, Gathering around a tea light with some teddies reading a Christmas story, sack race with paper bags, Snow ball fight with mini marshmallows and flour or icing sugar.
Elf kit list
Treat Breakfast items
Googly or sticky eyes
Sponge and toy cars
Sharpie or marker
Black or brown Wipeable Marker or Face Paint
Igloo – empty Milk carton and mini snowballs or cotton wool
Mini candy canes for a hunt and sledges
Nativity Christmas Storybook or Nativity scene
Rubber duck/fish and a fishing rod
Wrapping paper rolls
New Christmas Movie or Movie treats
Red Sticky dots or plain ones coloured in