This is our fifth year of doing Elf on a Shelf in one form or another. I haven’t the time or inclination to commit to the whole concept, but do think it is cute idea and Pickle gets very excited. Here are our ideas to do a little more relaxed version of Elf on a Shelf…
- I find the traditional vinyl faced doll from America a little creepy if I am honest, so each year I have bought a cute cuddly Elf.
- Our Elf actually stays with us, Pickle can’t bear to part with him on Christmas Eve. So he stays to enjoy Christmas then just goes away with the decorations.
- I used to get a bit stressed about finding something for him to have done every night, and would remember as I was heading to bed, exhausted and not in the mood for a naughty elf!! So, our Elf just chills with us, watches movies, comes out and about with us – all the while keeping Santa up to date with how Pickle is behaving.
- Our Elf arrives on December 1st and this year is bringing some cosy Christmas pyjamas, new slippers and a onesie for Pickle plus a sticker book and his Advent Calendar plus new pyjamas and dressing gown for Luke – with an an Advent Calendar for him too. This is the first year that it is just the boys at home – my daughters are coming home later in December for Christmas.
- I have bought a huge Christmas bag with an Elf on it which will have all the goodies inside.
My Elf on a Shelf bargains include:
Giant bag £1 B&M Bargains.
Advent Calendars – 79p each – Aldi (They are £2 for exactly the same in other stores).
Pyjamas and Onesie for Pickle – £9 and £10 Peacocks plus I had 20% discount in the Black Friday sales.
Super soft dressing gown for Luke £9.99 – Aldi. This is SO cheap! It is excellent quality and others I have seen are from £18 – £29.
I am also popping in this lovely sign from Hey Santa, you can read my review about it over on my Pembrokeshire Mum blog.
Do you take part in Elf on a Shelf? If so, what have you planned for this year?