Originally published in 2005 by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, Elf on the Shelf has gained popularity among the nation’s children as a way to explain how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice. The story describes how Santa’s elves watch over people’s homes in order to report back to Santa. Once everyone in the house is asleep, the elf will then return to the North Pole, informing Santa of who has been good and who has been bad.
Once the elf has finished in the North Pole, he will return to the home at which point he will choose a new place from which to observe events.
Below we have compiled our 10 favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas you can use this Christmas!
1. The Artist
Keep your elf entertained by giving him an artistic activity to do. Bonus points if you can actually sketch a picture as good as the one above. (Source)
2. The Weightlifter
With all that traveling back and forth to the North Pole elves need to keep in shape. Why not give your elf the gift of strength this holiday season? (Source)
3. The Pianist
Even elves love to hear Christmas carols this time of year. Let your elf get some practice in on the piano during his downtime. (Source)
4. The Self Portrait
No set of family photos is complete without a friendly holiday elf. Finding a frame that small, however, might take quite a bit of work. As an alternative, you can cut up a Post-It note or piece of construction paper. (Source)
5. The Captain
Let your elf be captain for a day. A great way to surprise your kids during their before-school breakfast. Crunch-a-tize me cap’n! (Source)
6. The Substitute Teacher
Who better to teach about holiday cheer than an elf? Do be warned, they like to throw pop quizzes! (Source)
7. The Racecar Driver
Even elves have a hard time waiting for Christmas morning to arrive! A few Legos and a toy car will help your elf feed his need for speed. (Source)
8. The Yogi
With all that traveling back and forth to the North Pole, your elf could use a little yoga! Give your elf a relaxing stretch with this display. Pieces of ribbon make for a good yoga mat. (Source)
9. The Tree Climber
Did you know that elves love adventure? Put your elf on the tree and let him climb away! (Source)
10. Super Elf!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait, it’s super elf! Fishing line, scissors and a printer is all you need to make your elf faster than a speeding bullet! (Source)