What do you do when you're completely over the whole Elf on the Shelf thing? You create a cool-looking "set" and add a paper countdown where all you have to do is remove on ring a day and do nothing else. That, my friends, is what has happened.
It's that time where you're still putting the elf in different situations but your'e also finding the you're running out of ideas and are focused on other things. Shove him/her in an envelope and throw a stamp on their head. I did.
The holidays have so many temptations. Donuts are definitely one of them. I may be projecting through my elf. I didn't leave this out for my son (don't wanna go there with him) but I did it for us adults. Don't judge - it was a weak moment in so many ways.
Once I started with bathroom humor and my son thought it was funny, I stooped to his level and totally kept it going. This was a one-eye-open type of night where I forgot about the elf and had to do something really easy.
I often hear that it's too much work to do little elf setups every day until Christmas. I totally get it - that's what I'm here for. You literally print and fold and pretend like you're parent of the year.
When it comes to these Elf on the Shelf setups, it's all about sending a message to our kids. My son will actually wet his toothbrush and say he brushed his teeth. I thought that was only done in movies. Guess not. This is a message from Santa through the elf.
You may roll your eyes when you see this elf come out every year. It may creep you out to see this skinny little red-suit wearing doll popping up. What do I see? I see a magic tool to get my child to actually listen to me. The more realistic, the better.
It's Elf on the Shelf week. Typically, the elf arrives the day after Thanksgiving. Are you ready for all of this? I have ideas - lots of them. Most are a complete walk-through of what to do and how. Let's be real, most of us remember the elf as we are laying down to go to sleep.