Do you like the Elf on the Shelf idea but not all the work it takes?
Are you not thrilled with some of the spying concepts implied with the Elf visit?
Are you looking for a way to incorporate magic, kindness, and fun to your child’s holiday?
If you answered YES to any of those questions, keep reading!
If you browse Pinterest you may get caught up in (and perhaps overwhelmed with) all the amazing, intricate, time-consuming (albeit cute) Elf ideas. But you don’t have to be fancy, creative, or elaborate to still enjoy the Elf on the Shelf tradition. It’s OK to change the “rules” to fit your parenting style, family values, available time, or energy level.
It’s your elf, you can do it your way!
Here are a few alternative ideas to help reduce the stress and increase the fun, along with some photos of what our Elf has been up to! (If you are not sure what is going on in a photo, just ask and I will explain.)
Less Stress for Adults
1. Shorter Elf visit. If the thought of having to think of new Elf ideas every day for 24+ days is too stressful, then change the rules. It’s your Elf! I think the Elf is supposed to arrive right after Thanksgiving. That’s just too many days of ideas for me. Our family directs a trail running race which is always in early December so that’s a very busy time for us. Thus, our Elf does not arrive until that race is over, usually around December 7 or so. BAM! I just got rid of 7+ days of Elf ideas!