I have been doing Elf on a Shelf
Way before it was the cool thing to do.
Way before the book and the now famous Elf.
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When I was growing up I babysat a lot
for extra money.
I had a particular family with three kids that I regularly babysat
that taught me all about the magical elf that
came to watch and report back about their children.
While I was only 15 this stuck with me and I knew that
once I had kids I would be continuing their
tradition with my own children.
When I first began the elf coming to my house in 2003
my daughter was 3.
Since I couldn't find a cute felt elf I improvised and basically got
a lawn gnome that looked suspiciously like the
Courtesy of Google Images
Right before we moved to Japan in 2006
I went to a Christmas craft show and found
a bin full of adorable felt elves.
I bought three.
(I was pregnant with my third baby then)
My plan was to have an elf for each child.
That worked out great for the last couple of years.
The elves would show up after Thanksgiving
and move around the house to 'watch' the kids.
Since I now have four beautiful babies and only three
elves I have decided to have one elf come in this year
and do all the work.
Luckily for me there are many cute and creative ways I
can get our Elf to misbehave at night when the children
Most of these can be found on Pintrest
where many of us addicted to Pintrest
have all pinned and ready to recreate.
Check out some of these cute ideas...
So I ask you do you Elf on a Shelf?