Each December for the last three years, Big and Small have been visited by a scout elf from the North Pole. If you haven’t heard of the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ tradition, you have been living under a rock! you can find out more here. It’s a marmite thing – you either love it or you hate it, and there are plenty of haters! But, for those of us who ‘believe’ (wink wink), it can be a way to make the run-up to Christmas fun for the kids and more bearable for us parents, as their minds are taken off presents and the Big Day while they concentrate on where the elf will be and what he will be doing.

Here is what our elf, Chippy, and his new apprentice Snowflake, have been up to so far this year…

Day 1 – The Return

elf on the shelf chippy snowflake

This year Chippy returned with another elf! Big decided to name her ‘Snowflake’ and she’s an apprentice elf, learning the ropes from Chippy. She arrived with a new advent calendar for Small – Big’s is the train and that he’s had for years!

Day 2 – Let’s Twist Again!elf on the shelf twister

Chippy and Snowflake have been playing a game of Twister, with the other toys watching them get tied up in knots!

Day 3 – On Your Marks…

elf on the shelf sack race

The elves had a sack race, cheered on from the sidelines by the toys!

Day 4 – New Balls Please!

elf on the shelf baubles

Today the elves were hiding in the Christmas tree which they had decorated over night, and they brought Big and Small new, personalised baubles.

Day 5 – Decorators

elf on the shelf Christmas decorations

This morning the children woke up to find the elves had done some more decorating, putting up decorations and a wall sticker. Snowflake had even decorated the gerbils’ tank with snowflakes!

Day 6 – Christmas Shopping

elf on the shelf shopping trolleys

The elves had spotted Big’s addition to the shopping list on the fridge, so they jumped in their trolleys to go and stock up!

Day 7 – Magic Glitter


Today the elves returned with some teeny, tiny chocolates and some special magic glitter. I wonder what will happen if we sprinkle it on?…

Day 8 – They’ve Grown!


Wow! The magic glitter worked! The sweets have grown to full size! The elves have also been having fun with whoopee cushions!

Day 9 – I Want You!

elf on the shelf the voice

This morning the elves were found auditioning for the new series of ‘The Voice’. Who knew the Teletubbies are the new judges?! Tinky Winky and Dipsy obviously aren’t impressed…

Day 10 – It’s S-elfie time!

elf on the shelf selfie

Today the elves turned up with some selfie photo props, all ready to take some s-elfies!

Our elves will be staying until Christmas Eve, so come back to see what else they get up to over the next two weeks. Fancy joining in with the Elf on the Shelf tradition if you haven’t already? It’s not too late! Have a look at my previous posts for some inspiration:

Beginner’s Guide Part 1

Beginner’s Guide Part 2

15 Fun and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf linky 2016
Elf on the Shelf 2016 – 10 New Ideas!
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