Christmas Elf - how is it going?

(55 Posts)
cassell Sat 08-Dec-12 20:15:42

We're having great fun with our elf for the first time this year. DS1 is 3.8 and loves discovering what cheekiness the elf has been up to in the morning.

Most surprising of all has been dh's attitude - he was really sniffy about the whole idea and thought it was ridiculous. However he's really getting into it and keeps coming up with new ideas, he even went out in the middle of the night to set up the elf in the car grin

How are you all getting on and what's been the most successful 'mischief' the elf has caused so far? <on the hunt for more ideas>

MildlyMonica Sat 08-Dec-12 20:19:46

Ours going really well - only started this year with dd 8 so wasn't year if she would still believe but oh yes she does. Best one so far is Eric has stolen a snowy French Fancy to chomp on from the cupboard and got all icing over his face! DH been away since 2nd Dec so hoping we'll get into the swing of it tomorrow when he's back.

ElfOnTheShelf Sat 08-Dec-12 20:25:18

Ours has eaten lots of chocolates and strewn the wrappers around the lounge whilst having her hand in the tin - DD loved that.

We came down to discover she'd pulled all the tissues out the box yesterday.

Today she was sat at the piano.

She has also pulled the stones out the fireplace - a big no-no in our house.

Found her with her bum sticking out the Xmas tree too.

She had some chocolate tree dec's in her lap for DD one day so she's not always naughty.

She also hung DD's knickers on the tree and wore a pair on her head grin

That's it so far...

I thought she may unroll the loo paper one morning and spill milk while trying to get DD's breakfast. I may find her with her head in the washing machine or tucked up in bed with DD.

It's lots of fun but also a bit tedious having to remember to do something each night.

ElfOnTheShelf Sat 08-Dec-12 20:26:18

Mildly my DD is also 8 and totally believes smile

MildlyMonica Sat 08-Dec-12 20:37:40

isn't it fab ElfOn - love your ideas- thought would start off pretty tame and ramp it up towards xmas. Knickers, wrapped up loo, helium balloons, squeezing into a candle lantern, snow angels etc to follow!

cassell Sat 08-Dec-12 20:48:35

Ooh I like the knickers idea - ds1 is totally obsessed with pants hmm so think he'd like that.

I thought 8 year olds would be far too cynical these days so nice to hear your dds are still enjoying it.

We've had:

On the christmas tree

Hiding in a pile of (clean!) laundry

Having eaten an orange with all the peel around

Been cutting with ds1's scissors so lots of bits of paper all over the floor

Outside in the car

Set up a tea party for ds1's cuddly toys

Reading one of ds1's books

So nothing very exciting so far - need to ramp it up a bit the closer we get I think grin

MyNutcrackerSuiteAudrina Sat 08-Dec-12 21:30:53

DS has enjoyed finding the elf having done a green (food colouring) wee into a breakfast bowl. He loved that so much that I might do it again hmm

Unimpressed with him making Santa hats and blue-tacking them to photos of himself and DD but I think he'll like it when he wakes to find Rudolph noses painted on everyone.

DH has been very scathing about it but the last few nights he's been full of enthusiasm and ideas confused

birthdaypanic Sat 08-Dec-12 21:35:25

We haven't started yet decided to wait until after dgs birthday (Monday) but all of us me, dd and dh can't wait it's our first year too.

Loving the ideas, dd hasn't decided yet if she wants him to get up to mischief.

kateecass Sun 09-Dec-12 09:49:33

Our most successful was the elf was found with the laptop and she had done the elf yourself thing with them doing the Charleston. They laughed their socks off all day!!

QueenMaeve Sun 09-Dec-12 11:37:45

Great ideas. I've taken to hiding it every other night. I think it's more exciting -- I keep forgetting to hide it --

BoyMeetsWorld Sun 09-Dec-12 11:44:07

WTF???? Have I completely and utterly missed this fad? What's with the elves?

parsnipcake Sun 09-Dec-12 11:46:43

My teens are loving it too! They post updates on twitter. Our elf has bought them gloves for the cold weather, a guiness world record challenge ( which they are obsessed with), he's hacked their Facebook pages, blared Christmas music into their bedrooms at 6 am so far. I want him to eat some of their advent chocs but it might cause world war 3!

MildlyMonica Mon 10-Dec-12 19:56:18

classic - love the fact teens are lovin it.

MarshmallowCupcake Mon 10-Dec-12 21:56:11

My charges are loving it! Our elf has, eaten chocolate and left wrappers, changed photos in the frames, left Xmas baubles for tree, written 'be good' in green &red M&Ms, made a snowman on fridge, left gingerbread men to decorate along with a floury mess, left Elf DVD and popcorn, left snowman & trees to decorate, started making a paper chain and left strips for the boys to finish it. Hmm, not sure if we've done others but tonight they will be In playroom with board games out and this week he will be, photocopying his bottom on the scanner, having snowball fight with cotton wool balls and cadburys snowballs, hanging toilet paper all over tree, hanging up candy canes wherever he can, making snowflakes for the boys to decorate with and the one that will get the best laugh (I think) is making green and red milk for the boys breakfasts ;-)

MyNutcrackerSuiteAudrina Mon 10-Dec-12 22:54:01

I've just written the goodbye letter and am a bit teary sad

Hopefully the sight of the Christmas Eve box will distract the DC and we will have none of this

PickledGerkin Tue 11-Dec-12 09:49:09

This is our first year & it is going well. Personally I loved blowing up 30 balloons & the elf holding a un blown balloon in his hands.

Also he rode a dinosaur into battle playmobile knights on horseback.

Tonight as our tree is now up the elf will wrap the tree in toilet roll. I can't wait.

DorisIsWaiting Tue 11-Dec-12 10:03:12

We've had a great time, this year is our first year and we (mostly dh) have been raiding Pinterest for ideas, the elf on the first evening drew on a picture of the girls with an OHP pen (moustaches beards and glasses (DD1 7 got really upsat and wrote to santa telling him how naughty the elf had been !)

We've done playing on the ds, eating gingerbread the girls had made, tea party with their 3 bears, writing christmas card to the reindeer.

We had one morning where we forgot so sent the kids downstairs and drew moustaches on each other (Holly had been 'touched' the day before so then we had to do the cinnamon recovery to give her some elf magic to get to the North Pole). We said she obviously didn't want to stay in our room as Daddy snores! grin

We've had loads of fun and the kids race out of bed every morning to find her!

evilhamster Tue 11-Dec-12 12:50:20

This was our first time. We've done this so far-
Hiding in DS's pants, while waving out of the drawer.

Made gingerbread men and left out smarties for decoration.

Painted everyone's nose red.

Put a Santa hat on the dogs, and was found sleeping next to the spaniel (we did it just before the DCs woke up, and made sure he was sleeping, so no chewing!)

Holding onto some helium balloons, about five of them or something, and then everyone having to jump around trying to get them (we decided to let them get on with it, and then I let DD2 climb on my shoulders to get him as he was tied to the cord things).

In the hamster ball.

On the toliet in the doll's house thing.

Looking at a photo on the camera (we took it of the DCs, even DD1 who's 12 and hasn't been a believer since about 5, where we'd all put Christmas hats of them on while they were watching TV and didn't realise until about five minutes later hmm) and with popcorn sprinkled around him, and he was trying to hold one near his mouth. DD2 and DS (and even DD1) loved that!

Had a icing bag thing next to six cupcakes, one of them half iced, with purple icing in the bag. Five all for us, the other one we left for Elf (and DH and I shared).

BoyMeetsWorld Tue 11-Dec-12 13:44:40

These elves sound messy....

PetiteRaleuse Tue 11-Dec-12 14:23:03

I'd never heard about this tradition before this thread. Am taking notes for next year.

Shinyshoes1 Tue 11-Dec-12 14:34:34

We've had

Sitting on the window ledge "playing " a set of drums ( from her elmo toy )
Eating an orange and leaving the peel
Next to a pot of my opened face cream and with a spoldge of it on his nose
Sat on the Christmas tree " eating " one of the chocolates with the remants of it and the wrapper in his lap

I've got to do things fairly high up though as she'll have to touch Ot otherwise she won't be able to help herself

Bless the children crying in the linked video.

My dd has been laughing hysterically at this today

Oh don't think that works, its below the earlier linked YouTube video anyway as "the elf on the shelf tradition begins" beware they are holding and therefore touching the elf in it if you have told that part.

cassell Tue 11-Dec-12 15:43:18

Some great ideas, we haven't done the can't touch rule as I thought it would be too difficult with young ones (though we do try to stop 7mo ds2 eating the elf... grin)

Ds1 liked yesterday's which was the elf in the shower having squirted shampoo/shower gel around and was then wrapped in a flannel as a towel.

cocoachannel Tue 11-Dec-12 16:10:01

All sounds great fun and one for the future. How do you explain why the elves can be so naughty?

mrsshackleton Tue 11-Dec-12 16:39:11


viagrafalls Tue 11-Dec-12 16:43:40

Another one here who would like to know what everyone is on about hmm

viagrafalls Tue 11-Dec-12 16:45:22

Please grin

BringUsSomePigleyPudding Tue 11-Dec-12 17:13:41

Elf on the Shelf- Its an american tradition thats finding its way here. Basically a little elf is sent from Santa to watch over the children. Each might he flies back to Santa at the North pole and reports back to Santa on their behaviour.
On his return each night he tends to get into some mischief or hides for the children to find him.

This is our second year of doing it. Every morning the first thing the girls say is 'What's that cheeky Elf been up to?!" Before we have even got up to go look for him.

Im struggling abit with it this year though as now DD1 is at school the weekday mornings are such a rush so ive done a little calendar of his antics so I can plan more adventurous/ Better things at weekends when we have more time. ie Its not very fair him bring a new toys or something if we have to rush out and they cant play with it.

My blog is up and going again this year showing what he's been up to.

cocoachannel Tue 11-Dec-12 17:14:14

Elf on the shelf

They arrive on 1st December to scout for Santa. Each night they get up to no good (this is the bit I don't get given they're there to ensue DCs are being good confused. They go back in the attic to Santa on Christmas Eve leaving a farewell lette behind.

You can buy a traditional one or get any old elf round.

Its been great fun so far, and the DC 100% completely believe it!

My elf was £3.50 from Tesco.
And its only mischief, not really bad behaviour, as elves are known for their mischievous behaviour right?

cocoachannel Tue 11-Dec-12 17:23:32

So are toddlers...! Maybe that's why I don't get it, DD too young at the moment!

BoyMeetsWorld Tue 11-Dec-12 17:27:15

Pigley - that's a great blog, what lovely pictures!

Embers - what's the £3.50 tesco elf like?

cassell Tue 11-Dec-12 18:02:08

I haven't done the proper elf on the shelf as thought it was a bit creepy (and expensive and too American grin) the story I wrote for ours is essentially that he's a young elf (same age as ds1) and every December father Christmas sends some of his young elves to visit special children and learn about what children do, he wants to join in the dc's activities in the day and then gets up to mischief exploring the house when everyone's asleep, when father christmas visits on Christmas eve he'll take the elf home and, if the dc have been good leave presents for them. So it's a mishmash of the various stories to suit me grin

PoppyWearer Tue 11-Dec-12 18:14:55

4yo DD loves looking for our elf every morning, she hides in a different place and hasn't got up to much mischief, but has delivered some letters from Father Christmas and other Christmas cards.

ElfOnTheShelf Tue 11-Dec-12 18:44:45

YY to us also not having the real Elf on the shelf figure. Ours is a Tesco's Mrs Christmas soft cuddly with long stripy legs and fluffy mitts. Much much bigger than the little Elf so harder in some ways to get her to do stuff.

I have said DD is not to cuddle her as the magic subsides with each cuddle but we do abit as she's so gorgeously soft.

ISawMamaPizzaKissingSantaClaus Tue 11-Dec-12 21:09:24

Pigley I haven't spotted your this year's blog yet. It's lovely smile Bookmarked it so I can read your updates.

Some ideas cross over, but maybe some of you also want to have a nose at mine. Link to blog

spingey Tue 11-Dec-12 21:17:56

Im totally doing this next christmas!!! It sounds like great fun! Will wait for the sales to find an appropriate elf though....they are £50 odd quid on amazon!!!

I got my elf for about 20 quid from a christmas shop in shanklin on the isle of wight!! I snapped him up knowing how much they shoot up to.

My dd1 is 4 and is absolutely loving "Chrimble's" antics. He has wrapped the tree in loo roll. Put money in her moneybox to buy a bauble. Hung from the light fitting to observe breakfast. Read christmas stories in our book corner (and brought two new books), got stuck in the letter box posting his letter to santa. He asked for sweets cos a rollercoaster may be too big and scary! Made snow angels in sugar. Fished in the sink. Did some colouring in bringing some new pens and colour yourself cards. Tomorrow will find him making snowflakes in the bathroom inviting dd to make some for the front windows.

Each day he brings an activity and i try to tie his mischief in to that. So he told her to visit santa on the steam train and rode around on the brio trainset. I must admit its hardwork being an elf!

ChasedByBees Tue 11-Dec-12 23:24:23

Hmm - some of these ideas for inappropriate elf on a shelf made me laugh:

evilhamster Wed 12-Dec-12 10:13:24

Today Elf (that's our imaginative name for him) decided it would be fun to do something active. We discovered him sneaking into the house on some paper chains, and there was a new backpack (an early present for when we go to visit family) with a colouring book, a pack of pencils, a pack to make paper chains, a paint your own Santa bauble each, face paint (Christmas coloured). DD1 had to go to school unfortunately, but DD2 got an inset day, so DS and DD2 started going through the backpack. We had a lot of mess! Right at the bottom, we found a note giving you clues to a secret object, and we all had to help them search the house until they found the Christmas DVDs.

timeforachangebaby Wed 12-Dec-12 12:43:08

The best ours have done is crash the car Toy Story style into a hedge, thanks to the mumsnetter who suggested that one (its for weekend as it involved leaving car open on drive)
They have made a mess with playdoh
Had a midnight feast
Disappeared and been found in DCs car seats on school run
Toilet paper bungee jumped from lights
Put some decorations up and wrapped themselves in sellotape and stuck themselves to wall
Been found by front door in DCs shoes/boots
Made bird seed angels out back
Been found reading a stack of books they pulled off book shelf
Had a race with a dollies car and scooter (this was a big hit)
Been found in bath surrounded by animals sailing the playmobil rescue boats

Tonight they are going to paper up the bottom half of the DCs doorway
Christmas Eve they will paper up the whole door to the room where the presents are and then fly back to Santa

The house next door have put theirs in the tree in the front garden, its staring at me!

buzzgirly Thu 13-Dec-12 07:47:07

We are having a great time with our elf, but he's not done anything too mischievous yet! Dd, 4.2, asks for him every morning as soon as she gets up, she is so excited by it all. She found it hilarious when we found him one day day kissing barbie in her car!

We have started a bit late with ours as we needed to wait on it arriving. He has been called Adam and so far ds believes. He was found with quavers and sweets this morning so will see what he gets up to tonight. He is currently sitting in the armchair with an apple as ds said he had too much chocolate!

Tobermory Thu 13-Dec-12 10:25:16

O I just adore Christmas Elf. I only stumbled across the idea few weeks ago and so this is our first year..... its so lovely.

Every morning when my children get up, the first thing they want to do is find out what Mr Elf (imaginative, i know. Though last night my 5 year old gave him a middle name, 'M' for Mischief). Chocolate advent calendars definately come second to Mr Elfs antics.

Last night he delivered some chocolate treats for the tree, though he ate one or two.
Magic seeds, grown in sugar for a few nights, which grew into Magic Elf Canes
Making a mess by cutting snowflakes out of white paper. He missed the snow evidently!
Got tangled up in some fairy lights
Had a picnic with the other toys, to make friends, on his first night.

I think tonight his adventures might take him into a different part of the house. Like the idea of fishing in the sink!

We had much sadness this morning as the elf clearly hadnt come back. All morning dd searched for him. Then it was time for the school run and there he was strapped in with a note to ask if mummy coukd drive him to see all the xmas lights when it gets dark.

I def need more ideas. Next week i think he may try barbies ball gown on as its the xmas party at preschool. He needs to scrawl over the bathroom with bath crayons. I'm liking the idea of planting seeds.

I think he may giftwrap himself and the sofa tonight. Dd would wet herself. Goes off to check wrapping paper stash.

Can I just ask where your elf lives during the day?

Tobermory Thu 13-Dec-12 15:39:37

The doctors wife, I have a sign saved on the computer that explains the magic seeds and instructions for DC.
PM me if you want me to forward you a copy?

beingginger Thu 13-Dec-12 16:41:26

so far our elf has:
drawn all over the bathroom mirror with an OHP pen,
put underpants and nappies on the tree,
put out the school uniform for the next day but mixed the piles up,
had a sick day with tissues and calpol,
played with ds1 batcave and got caught by the penguin,
made hot chocolate and made a mess,
wrapped up the tv with wrapping paper,
drew a christmas tree and spilt the crayons all over the table.

beingginger Thu 13-Dec-12 16:47:17

oh she pulled a pile of books off the bookcase and was reading christmas stories one night.
tonight she might make paper snow flakes

hurricanewyn Thu 13-Dec-12 18:58:28

Ours so far has:
Delivered the advent calenders
painted the dc's noses red
gift wrapped the toilet seat
Stole a box of celebrations
hid in DS's pants
stole some icecream
covered the tree in toilet paper
looked up pictures of other elves on google
drank all the milk
brought them a chocolate sleigh each

DD 8 loves it. Every morning she goes running to find him. DS 10 believes, but finds him a bit of a nuisance

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