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The Christmas season is undoubtedly the busiest time of the year, and now with the unavoidable popularity of the Elf on the Shelf, the entire month of December is busier than ever.
Ask any busy mom about their
wretched beloved elf, and you’re likely to get an eye roll, a look of commiseration or a look of pure disgust.
Why do we keep torturing ourselves year after year with that friendly scout elf? Because our kids adore him. We adore our kids. Therefore we are stuck with the Elf.
It’s magical. It’s exciting. It’s fun (for them!).
This year, I want you to actually enjoy your elf. I want you to feel ready to tackle 25 days of elf shenanigans. I want you to KILL IT, Elf on the Shelf style.
I need you to take a little time to do some prep work. Then each night you’ll spend a few minutes moving your elf and that’s it! No contemplating where you’re going to put him. No running out of ideas on day 3.
Here’s what I suggest you print:
– my Elf on the Shelf Advent Calendar that
1. Acts as an advent calendar
2. Promotes kindness and
3. Encourages a positive self image
Or you can get my Blank Advent Cards to write your own messages.
STEP 2- Spend 2 minutes tops each night posing your Elf.
Here is my list of quick and simple ideas (that are still high impact).
Laying in the silverware tray
Taking a bath in marshmallows
Head first in cereal box or candy box
Writing kids or Santa a message
Sitting with cookie ingredients or card-making supplies
Hiding among stuffed animals
Covered in bows or band-aids
Playing with toys (climbing a Lego tower)
Wearing your child’s boots
Dressed in Barbie/doll clothes
Playing a game, like the best kid’s game ever invented Sleeping Queens
Reading a book (Mother Bruce is one of our favorites!)
Peeking out from under the tree skirt
Peeking out of a drawer
STEP 3- Be prepared for the morning with dear Elfie forgets to move.
Keep these excuses in mind. Or set an alarm on your phone so that you NEVER forget. Yay to no panicked wake-ups at 3am!
Excuse #1- Blame it on the younger sibling.
You can always tell your child that you think you saw the toddler touch the elf the day before.
Excuse #2- You forgot to tell him goodnight and he was waiting up all night for you to let him know that you were going to bed so that he could sneak out.
Excuse #3- He looks tired.
Don’t you think he looks tired? I bet he wanted a break. It’s a long fly to the North Pole!
Or better yet, read and pin this post about what to say when your Elf forgets to move. (Her ideas are way better than mine).
STEP 4- Have fun and remember, you’re the mom, you are the one in control. Don’t let the Elf on the Shelf steal your Christmas spirit!
So tell me, do you love or loathe the Elf on the Shelf?
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