The Elf on the Shelf Tradition

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition

We’ve been doing the Elf on the shelf tradition for years with my daughters… and I LOVED it.  I think I went a little crazy the first few years! Ha! Some of you love it and some of you can’t stand it and I am proud to say I am a part of the former.  In fact I shared three posts on it last year and they were shared thousands of times in just a few days! I couldn’t believe it.

If you missed any of my other Elf on the Shelf idea posts, here are a few:

I didn’t, however get to share my final night of our visit from our elf, Josie. I’ll share some others from last year soon as well. Josie left some cookies and Mia a little note that said:

Dear Mia,

Thank you for being a good girl this year. I hope your Christmas is full of cheer. I made you these cookies for you to enjoy. I’ll report back to Santa to bring you a toy! Merry Christmas!

Love, Josie

This is her when she found it that morning.

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To make the “cookies” all I did was wrapped a small piece of cardboard in foil to look like a cookie sheet.  Then I placed four gingerbread man cake embellishments I found at Walmart (they come in a package of 12).

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My daughter ate them that day. When we came back from the store later, Josie magically made another batch for her when we returned!

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Elf Ideas for two elves

When my second daughter came along we had to of course buy another one, so here are a couple fun ideas for two elves.

Elf Ideas for Two Elves

Quick and Easy Elf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Two Elves

More Elf on the Shelf:

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – From being chased by reindeer to building a fort with Christmas cards, these ten ideas are clever, but simple.

No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt – The Elf on the Shelf clothing you can buy at the store is so expensive. This is a quick and easy no sew tutorial for how to make an apron skirt for pennies.

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.

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This post has been updated and improved from October 2014.

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