So when does the Elf on the Shelf start this year? It’s just about time to dust off your family’s Elf on the Shelf and bring him back to life for another holiday season. Before you do, conjure up some new ideas to wow your kids for the arrival of Santa’s scout with some of the ideas offered below.
The exact date for when the Elf on the Shelf makes his season debut is totally up to you, as there is no traditional Elf on the Shelf arrival date. This year there are a lot of activities created to welcome the elf scout back into your home. According to the Sun News on November 27, the Elf on the Shelf has gotten so popular that these impish little fellows now have events that are dedicated to their arrival.
An “Elf Boot Camp” is one event popping up for the kids to “prepare for their Elf’s return this holiday season” at various Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. This event is taking place Saturday November 28 at 11 a.m. local time, with all types of activities for your kids. You might want to check with your local Barnes & Noble to confirm they are a participating store.
Many families bring the Elf on the Shelf out during the Thanksgiving weekend and this small toy-like figure is usually the center of some type of hoopla with its first night in your home. Santa’s scout should get the red-carpet treatment to bring even more excitement with his return for another year. The same holds true for those first-time Elf on the Shelf households, introduce the elf with fanfare!
The concept of the Elf on the Shelf is simple. This elf arrives at your home and sits on a shelf, table, mantle or anywhere else you want to put him or her. The elf is there to watch over the kids to help Santa with his “naughty and nice” list. Each night as you sleep, the elf magically goes back to the North Pole to report how the kids are behaving. When the elf returns, he is found sitting somewhere else in the house and watching from a new perch each night.
The elf doesn’t necessarily have to have a new perch each and every day, but he needs to look as if he moved, so you can pose him differently or have him do a different activity like reading a book or holding a ball. For some great ideas on posing your Elf on the Shelf, here are the links to a few of the websites offering up some great ideas:
Mum’s Grapevine has posed the Elf on the Shelf in many different ways, but you will notice that each one of their ideas will bring a smile to your face. These elf poses are great for the entire family.
Family Food and Travel offers 25 different poses for the Elf on the Shelf, so you will never run out of ideas! The pictures are all you need to get inspired on your elf-posing ideas this year.
Pop Sugar offers dozens of ideas of where to perch your Elf on the Shelf this holiday season. They’ve put together 66 places to place and pose your elf this year and they are all in pictures!
For your elf’s arrival this year why not have a hunt with clues leading the kids to where the Elf on the Shelf is hiding? While the kids are sleeping find a place for the elf and then hide it by either covering the elf up or putting things in front of it so it is not easily seen.
In the morning have the first clue ready on the kitchen table for the kids, which can say something like “look where we keep the cookies.” In the cookie jar place another note such as “look where you keep your books” and so on, until the last clue brings them to the Elf on the Shelf. This is when you uncover the elf and reveal it’s first look-out place! This is one fun way of welcoming the elf into your home this season.