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Elf on the Shelf Ideas
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.
We definitely could have used the help of a printable Elf on the Shelf Calendar to help us think of new hiding spots. Live and learn!
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 cousins’ elves, June and Carol!
Here’s the plane in action!!