Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Observations

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This is the third year that Pete the Elf, our ElfElf on the Shelf blocks on the Shelf, has come to visit.  It has been interesting to see how Avery reacts to Pete each year.  When she was 3 he was just a novelty, last year she grasped the concept that he was there watching her behavior, and this year it has gone to an entirely different level.

The other day I found Avery underneath the kitchen table changing clothes.  This is not typical behavior for our child.  She said she was changing under there because she didn’t want Pete to see.  I appreciated her modesty but told her that Pete was a good elf and closed his little elf eyes while she changed.  I guess all those talks about not running through the house naked are finally catching on.

It has been interesting to see how serious Avery is about Pete this year.  She wants to make sure Elf on the Shelf dinnerhe doesn’t see her doing anything she shouldn’t be doing..which is great.  Brianne and I have talked about how we could reinforce the same idea about God but haven’t come up with a good answer for that yet.

We do have a fun time with Pete while he is here.  He usually comes a day or two after Thanksgiving.  It takes him a while to get comfortable at the house and by early December he is making himself at home.  So far he has enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal of his own while we celebrated our 2nd Thanksgiving on December 1.  Pete invited the turkey to join him as he made some green bean casserole.  We have also found Pete reading a Bible Sunday morning as Elf on the Shelf Biblewe were getting ready for church.  Everyone can use some time in the Good Book.  Pete also used some blocks to spell out a special message for Avery.  He might be doing this several times since we are working on phonics and reading.

Several of the blogs I follow have been sharing some great and creative ideas for posing your Elf on the Shelf.  Passion for Savings had a great post filled with 15 creative ideas for the Elf on the Shelf.

Have you found any great ideas for your elf on the shelf? Or have you come up with any of your own?

Update: The Elf on the Shelf photos have been very popular with Google Image Search so I thought I would add a few more photos of Pete’s adventures in our house this December.

Elf on the Shelf in a remote control car
Pete the Elf in a My Little Pony remote control car.
Elf on the Shelf nap
Pete taking a nap on a drawing that hangs on our wall.
Elf on the Shelf gingerbread house
What elf wouldn’t want to hang out by this gingerbread house?!?
Elf on the Shelf playing Xbox
Pete getting in a bit of time with the Xbox.
Elf on the Shelf Cook
Pete heard we were going to be cooking one day.

Another update: I have been getting so much response and so many hits on the Elf on the Shelf post that I thought I would post up a few more photos of Pete in action.  It should be noted that our elf is a good elf, not a naughty one.

elf on the shelf coffee
Even elves need some coffee to get going.
elf on the shelf flowers
Pete hiding in a bunch of flowers. Careful not to get your toes wet Pete.
elf on the shelf snoopy
Pete hangs out with some of his pals – Snoopy and Woodstock.
elf on the shelf welcome
Pete heard we had some company coming and wrote a welcome sign for them.

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