Elf on the Shelf Ideas 2017!

Elf on the shelf ideas

It’s that time of year again when the pesky Elf on the Shelf comes back to join us!  I must admit, I do absolutely love it, even more so this year.  It’s the first year Connor properly believes in the magic and it’s so amazing to watch.

I usually plan ahead &  have an Elf on the Shelf bag filled with bits and bobs I’ve collected over the year. When David saw said bag the other night  he literally tried to divorce me on the spot haha!  Apparently that’s not normal behaviour & I need my head looked at.   But hey, if it makes my sons Christmas that little bit more special then I’ll take being thought of as nuts!  I’m not going to lie, I do tend to get completely carried away but it’s all part of the magic, isn’t it?

Having said all that, I thought I’d share a few of the things our elf – Reindeer (Connor named him) – has done the past couple of times he has come to visit.


Reindeer Laundrette

Reindeer did his own washing.  He even hung it on the line to dry!


An Indoor Snowman?

This was a personal favourite of mine.  Reindeer met us in the morning holding a variety of coloured card all cut into different shapes & a note that read ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’.  Connor & I spent the morning sticking the shapes onto the livingroom door and making our own snowman!


Time For Tea

dinosaurs tea party trex

Tea party with the dinosaurs including the fish he had caught in the kitchen sink the night before!  I just love the way the T-Rex is holding that tiny china cup!


Candy Cane Antics

elf garden magic seeds

candy cane elf garden magic

elf magic candy canes sledge

This took place over 3 nights.  Reindeer arrived with a note and a little packet of seeds (tic tacs) to be planted in the ‘Elf Garden’ (hot chocolate & empty candle jar, with some ribbon).  Connor planted them & by the next morning they had grown into candy canes.  On the third day cheeky Reindeer had turned the candy canes into a sledge.  Can you believe we found him using it to go down the banister?

Writing to Santa

letter to Santa

Reindeer got fed up waiting for Connor to write his letter to Santa.  He set it up for him to do one morning!

I’ve posted a few more of them over on my Instagram @lifeinthegingerlane  Pop over and follow – I’d love to see you there.  Have you started the Elf on the Shelf tradition?  What kind of thing does your Elf get up to?

V xx

5 thoughts on “Elf on the Shelf Ideas 2017!

  1. Ella Ames says:

    That is absolutely adorable!! We never had Elf on the Shelf growing up, but this makes me want to start when I have a family! Love it and Happy Holidays<3

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