Magic Elf Tradition – Elf on the Shelf Ideas to Entertain Your Kids this Christmas
Does a Magic Elf visit your home during the Holiday Season? These cute but mischievous elves are sent on secret missions by Santa Claus himself to keep a watchful eye over little boys and girls so he can decide who to put on his Naughty List and who should go on the Nice List.
Elf on the Shelf is fast becoming one of the most popular toys for the Christmas Season. This little Elf shows up at your house – usually around Thanksgiving – and spends the next few weeks making sure your kids are on their best behaviour, while wreaking havoc in your home
If you have never been visited by an elf before then it’s a great tradition to introduce your family to so read on for everything you need to know to make it happen.
Step 1 – Order your Elf
The first thing you need to do is order your Elf.
This Elf is Barbie doll size so he’ll fit into all manner of interesting places in your home – making the Elf mischief all the more fun!
If you prefer your elf to be a bit bigger and more cuddly then you should order the 12″ Magic Elf plush instead. It’s the most popular purchase by visitors here at My Magic Elf and I think it’s because there is a boy and a girl version available and these elves just look more cuddly – oh and they’re cheaper too!
You can order them individually or as a set from Amazon.com – but hurry because you want to make sure you have your Magic Elf soon so you have plenty of time before Christmas for their mischief to happen!
Step 2 – Plan your Elf’s arrival
Once your Elf arrives from Amazon you need to think about how to introduce him or her to your children. The best way to do this is with a letter from Santa which explains why the elf is coming to visit and the rules about what will happen during his or her stay. We have a sample letter here on our site which you can use as inspiration – click right here to see it.
Step 3 – Plan your Elf Mischief
Now for the really fun part. Your Elf on the Shelf or Magic Elf plush aren’t ordinary toys, to make this magical tradition work for your family they need to ‘come alive’ every night and do something suitably mischievous!
There are literally hundreds of things your little Elf could do, from stealing the dog’s biscuits to having a tea party with Barbie.
Their mischief is only limited by your imagination. But don’t worry – if you need some Elf on the Shelf ideas we have scoured the Internet to pull together this list to help you.
Lil Blue Boo has 18 great ideas from renting Barbie’s RV for an overnight camp to spending the night in the freezer when he gets a little homesick! Check them out here.
Devon has some great ideas on her blog – I love this one of the Elf trying to take over the Angel’s position at the top of the Christmas tree! Here’s the link you need to see what else her Elf got up to one Christmas.
Danielle has compiled a list of 101 Elf on the Shelf ideas – so there’s enough there for more than one Holiday Season! I like the sound of the Marshmallow fight and removing all the knobs from the kitchen cupboards – now that’s what you call Elf Mischief! Here’s the link so you can read them yourself.
Step 4 – Prepare to do it all over again next year!
I really hope you and your family have fun with your magic Elf this Holiday Season, why not take pictures each day so you have a record of the Elf Mischief that took place in your home? The one thing you do need to be prepared for is that your kids will have so much fun they’ll want the Elf to visit again next Christmas!