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Elf on the shelf, when do you start yours?

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MamaPizza Fri 02-Nov-12 09:34:10

Does everyone start on the 1st or earlier? I am too impatient and want to start a week earlier

wizzler Fri 02-Nov-12 10:23:21

1st December for us ..

MamaPizza Fri 02-Nov-12 21:28:40

Thanks for replying wizzler. The 'problem' I have is (I know it's not a problem...) that I have far too many ideas on what to do. Got a spreadsheet et al. Could fit them all in if I started a week earlier. Otherwise I have to ditch some which would make me very, very sad.

missmapp Fri 02-Nov-12 21:30:56

What is elf on the shelf???!!

iloveholidays Fri 02-Nov-12 21:32:39

Oooh... Share ideas mama.

I'm planning on starting on the 1st. He's going to arrive with the advent calendar and a DVD. Very excited

MamaPizza Fri 02-Nov-12 22:23:50

The DVD arrived with my amazon parcel today, our Elf will bring it when he arrives.

I just took ideas from various pininterest and blogs.

In no particular order:

1: Pee in the loo
2: Teaparty with other toys
3: Hang over one of the fishtanks (maybe with a straw as snorkel) and watch fish
4: Raid the adventcalendar
5: Colour in a page in a Christmas colouring book with a message
6: In a Sweetjar, most sweets eaten
7: In the shower with towel wrapped around
8: Take pictures with Kiddizoom
9: Riding dinosaurs (the big brachiosaurus will be ideal for this)
10: Snowball fight Mr Potato Head (Snowballs = Marshallows)
11: Build a tower / castle with Duplo blocks
12: Deliver 'magic seeds' with instructions to water them for three days - lollipops will appear after the 3rd day
13: Fly paper airplanes through the living room
14: Build a tree with post it notes
15: Wear mummy's jewellery and admire self in mirror
15: Fill room with balloons
15: wrapped up in Christmas paper, hanging on tree
16: Have a cinema night with other toys watching the Elf story (popcorn et al)
17: Do acrobatics on the light
18: Read story to other toys
19: Slide down the stair rail, maybe competition style with other toys
20: Create some nice things with Playdoh
21: Build a racetrack with food tins and have a race
22: Visit the Happyland zoo / farm / rocket (one of them)
23: Ride on the Train (Brio)
24: Make loads of stars and paper chains and decorate the room
25: Stick stickers over self, other toys and other random objects
26: Play cards poker style with Toy Story toys

This were the ones I have narrowed it down to, but there are other things I'd like to do. DS is only 3, so wouldn't have a clue about dates hence I'm thinking of starting early.

Tempted to do a blog on this, would be fun.

AllOverIt Fri 02-Nov-12 22:27:23

Wow! Ours is arriving on the 1st. DS's birthday is on the 8th so we don't have decorations up until the 9th. He'll arrive with the advent calendars...

So excited. Going to shamefully steal some of your ideas...

MamaPizza Fri 02-Nov-12 22:47:36

I stole the ideas from the net, so feel free to use them grin. Some are obviously very 'us' related, like the fish tank one, but everyone will probably come up with their own ideas.

I got no birthday to look forward to, I want it to be Christmas NOW!!!

MrsChristmasVamos Fri 02-Nov-12 22:48:42

Hello, Mama ! grin

It's been a while, can you believe it's nearly Christmas ?!

<getting excited>

WhatWouldWitchesDo Fri 02-Nov-12 23:27:39

Mama, do you not need to save some ideas for the following few years?

In answer to your OP, we will start on the first of December, though I do know some in America start after Thanksgiving the week before.

iloveholidays Sat 03-Nov-12 08:48:13

Thanks Mama going to have to jot some of these down. smile

DD3 due next Friday so I'm trying to get as organised as possible. DD1 is 3.9 so I know she'll love it and want to start our traditions. Need easy ideas as will be exhausted but also important I make a fuss for DD1. DD2 will be 21 months so will enjoy copying/following her big sister but doubt she'll get that involved in the build up. So excited!!!!

MamaPizza Sat 03-Nov-12 10:00:55

MrsChristmasVamos Are you Mrs DB? (sorry for being confused)

I think I have stop myself and start properly on the 1st, so I have ideas for the following years. I like the idea of being American, but you are right, need to save some good ideas.

I'm sure your DD2 will also enjoy it Ilove. Hope all goes well with the new baby soon.

Will deffo start a blog, stay tuned grin

MamaPizza Sat 03-Nov-12 10:01:46

Oh, and missmapp, just do a search here on MN and / or google Elf on the shelf. You can buy them on Amazon for example, but be warned, they come with a hefty pricetag. Will be worth it though, so much fun in the run up.

buzzgirly Sat 03-Nov-12 10:56:59

Our elf, Jimmy, is officially arriving on 1st December, but he did come last night for a quick visit whilst dd was sleeping! We took some pictures of him sitting in her bed while she was asleep. Dd was looking at photos on iPad this morning and was so excited to see him.

Tonight we will be having fairies visit. I will cut up some glow sticks and empty them into a glass jar with some glitter, saw it on pinterest. We will leave it in garden for dd to find when we come back from our walk.

I know I'm getting a bit carried away, but I am so excited for Christmas this year!

StrawberrytallCAKE Sat 03-Nov-12 11:01:55

This is our first elf on the shelf year and I'm very excited, great ideas! I bought a girl from the book depository for around £20...cheaper than amazon and they only had one option of elf.

Dd2 is due on 3rd December so will have to have a set plan and leave it for dh to follow when I'm too tired/in hospital.

MamaPizza Sat 03-Nov-12 11:01:57

How lovely! It's our first visit, so DS won't know him yet, but I love how you are getting yourself and your DD excited before his official arrival.

StrawberrytallCAKE Sat 03-Nov-12 11:02:29

Oh yes And we'll start 1st December.

buzzgirly Sat 03-Nov-12 14:27:41

Have you seen this advert for Elf on the Shelf? We show it to dd to get her excited. It has a very annoying catchy soon which we end up singing all day.

Yes I know I am an elf addict grin

buzzgirly Sat 03-Nov-12 14:28:06

Oops that should say catchy song!

MrsChristmasVamos Sat 03-Nov-12 16:02:13


You clever thing, you ! wink

I was sure I'd 'seen' you and you knew my new nn ?

Ah well, you do now !

When do we start the countdown, is it too early yet ? grin

MamaPizza Sun 04-Nov-12 11:28:15

I found this yesterday. Love the names the people have grin

Mrs, there is a countdowners thread! Join us again! And we will do daily countdowns from the 1st.

janji Sun 04-Nov-12 13:00:37


MrsChristmasVamos Sun 04-Nov-12 15:52:52

There is already a countdowners thread, and I'm late ?

Mind you, am I right in thinking we did start one on 26th Dec last year ? grin

I'll find it...can't wait for the 1st Dec, though.

izzywizzyisbizzy Sun 04-Nov-12 18:16:42

Ours also - papered DCs in their room (stuck them to wall)
Decorated house with toilet paper
Crashed car into hedge toy story style
Had a midnight feast (made DCs cry bad idea)
Tried to escape on a helium balloon (closed window on string balloon outside)
Were found in a parcel with a new Christmas book
Stole older DCs keyboard and had a concert
Made a terrible mess trying to make breakfast
Brought christmas Choccy
Mmmmmmm have a photo diary on FB - I'll look - don't have official elf on shelves though.

izzywizzyisbizzy Sun 04-Nov-12 18:22:08

They went for a ride on a playmobil boat in the bath
Flew on dragons from the lights
Brought Christmas Jamas

They also came lots of places with u's - didn't like the don't touch rule

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