master list: ideas for the elf on the shelf
We started the Elf on the Shelf tradition with our daughter in 2009 when she was 1. Our elf’s name is Oboe and he arrives at our house each year after Thanksgiving. The first year that Oboe spent with us, we constantly forgot to hide him in new places every night. Fortunately Lily was too young to notice if the elf stayed in the same spot 3 days in a row.
Lily now LOVES her elf. She bounds out of bed each morning and races to see what he’s been up to overnight. The elf is also a good threat when bad behavior looms – because he’s always “watching.” Her excited reactions are our motivation on the nights that we just can’t. think. of. one. more. spot. for. the. damn. elf.
This list is a compilation of our pictures since then – along with some of Lily’s cousin’s elf, June!
riding into town!
bird’s eye view
scaling the holiday decor
let it snow!
keeping up with correspondence
born to be wild
looks great! little full. lotta sap.
if you just believe…
well hello there
wash your hands!
misty water colored MEMMMMMories!
elf de soleil
don’t forget behind your ears!
the wheels on the bus go round and round
the winning hand
baby it’s cold outside!
2 o’clock tea
ice carving skillz
where’s the fire?
the warm up
don’t play with your food
rub a dub dub
deep in the forest, hidden in the highest tower…
take too long to decorate your tree… and your elf may take matters into his own hands…
counting down the days!
Johnny Appleseed’s lesser known cousin, Oboe Christmas Seed
wishing lily bean good luck on her first horse show!