50 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Christmas

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Elf on the Shelf is apparently all the craze these days. For those who don’t know what it is, there is a brief explanation below. For those looking for inspiration, here are 50 Elf on the Shelf ideas that will have your kids in awe.

What is Elf on the Shelf?

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 children’s picture book, written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. The book tells a Christmas-themed story, written in rhyme, that explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and who is nice.

It describes elves visiting children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, after which they return to the North Pole until the next holiday season. The Elf on the Shelf comes in a keepsake box that features a hardbound picture book and a small soft toy in the form of a pixie scout elf. ¹

Elf on the Shelf Inspiration

If you are looking for some creative ways to nail the Elf on the Shelf tradition, then look no further. We’ve found some of the coolest ideas from browsing the web so you can have your kids laughing as they see the elf.

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Does your elf need some mid month inspiration? Check out @veggiesandvirtue for a month's worth of ideas like this one! #Repost from @veggiesandvirtue … Brace your elves… A little Monday humor for the mama who thought she’d already dealt with enough 💩 today + a month’s worth of foodie Elf on the Shelf ideas are on the blog! Link in profile…I came up with 24 of the 25 ideas, so I can assure you 96% of them are child-appropriate. This one is courtesy of my hubby’s sense of humor 🤣 – #elfontheshelf #elfonashelf #elfontheshelfideas #elfontheshelf2017 #ourelfontheshelf #makingspiritsbright #happyholiday #santaslittlehelper #peanutbutterfudge #dietitianhumor #holidaybaking #christmastreats #dadjokes #letthekids #letthembelittle #childhoodmemories #tistheseason #christmas2017 #mybetterhalf #marriedlife

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