Christmas Traditions: Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Have you heard of the popular Elf on the Shelf  tradition?  It’s a way to explain how Santa comes up with his “naughty and nice” list year after year. Santa sends one of his elves to your home to watch what goes on.   Your elf then reports back to Santa at night and ends up in a different place in your home after he returns.  Memories are created because those silly elves get into lots of mischief around the house – wrapping the tree, hiding in funny places, and getting into things he shouldn’t.  can’t wait to wake up each day to see what he has done! If you’ve got a mischievous Christmas elf in your home, here are some fun ideas to help inspire old-fashioned holiday fun.  Bookmark this page and keep checking back. We will be adding more photos as the season goes on and as our Christmas elf creates more holiday mischief! A HUGE thanks goes out to long-time Mommysavers member Jennifer for sharing her ideas and photos!!

silly elf on the shelf ideasElf-size sodas under the tree for your clan – but the Christmas Elf breaks into them first!

silly elf on the shelf ideasThe elf turned everything on the fridge shelf upside down AND turned the milk green!

silly elf on the shelf ideasLook what the elf has done!  Underwear on the Christmas tree!

elf on the shelf ideasApparently the elf wanted us to get up and make breakfast…but we voted for cinnamon rolls instead of corn muffins!

elf on the shelfThe elf was SO messy from his snow angel mess that he must have decided he needed a shower!

christmas elf on the shelfNaughty elf.

elf on the shelf ideasElf is reading the story of the true meaning of Christmas to some of his friends.

christmas elf on the shelfOh no!  The elf got stuck on the fan!

elf on the shelf idea 4A treat waiting for the kids as they return home: the Elf on the Shelf DVD!

elf on the shelf idea 5TP-ing the Christmas tree, elf-style.

elf on the shelf idea 6The Elf couldn’t wait to start eating breakfast.

elf on the shelf ideaWhen an elf goes to the bathroom, it turns the water GREEN! Who knew?!?

elf on the shelf ideasMusical Elf.

What kinds of things has your Elf on the Shelf gotten into?  Reply with your ideas and suggestions!


  1. Tamara says

    Our elf was found holding a fork w/ a half eaten marshmallow on it. The fork was resting on a candle. Guess he got hungry and roasted his own marshmallow over candlelight! He also had a cup and saucer (from the kids’ play dishes) sitting next to him w/ some hot cocoa in the cup.


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