Time for Elf on a Shelf

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Okay, so I have some good news and I have some bad news.

The good news is that it is time to get started with Elf on a Shelf.

The bad news is that it will soon be time to get started with Elf on a shelf.

Yes, you heard me right. Much as I love this particular Christmas tradition and I get a real kick out of  how excited Cupcake gets about the whole thing, I am an elf veteran and I know that by the end of December I won’t be sorry to pack Chintz and Jewel away with the rest of the Christmas fol-de-rol. In fact on December 1st, last year I even posted an infographic explaining my love-hate relationship with the Christmas Elves and included the comment that there are small pets that require less commitment than the elves do.

As I have already told you, I got a jump on Christmas decorating this year and have had my Christmas tree up since mid-November. Now, that I am in the mood, let’s take a look at a few of Cupcake’s favorite Elf on a Shelf moments from the past few years as well as the elfing posts that are most popular with Mommyupgrade friends and visitors.

elf on the shelf namesWhat to call your Elf on a Shelf

If you are an elfing newbie you have no idea how important it is to pick the right name. Let’s put it like this. Suppose your little darling decides to call his or her elf, Twinkie. You may be stuck with that name for the next four or five years unless you get so tired of the name you fake a fatal accident and Twinkie gets replaced by … Alistair. (What is wrong with Alistair!)

On the other hand, a great name just fits the bill so well, you will be happy to use it year after year. Just check out the comment from kindergarten teacher Rosie on our 109 Best Elf on the Shelf Names post.

elf-christmas-treeNaughty Shelf Elves

I wonder if Santa Claus has any idea what his little elfies get up to when they are out of his sight. I’m sure Chintz and Jewel keep some of there most mischievous exploits to themselves instead of reporting in full to their boss.

On one occasion the little monkeys barricaded the door to Cupcake’s bedroom but left a tunnel bug enough for elves, kids and pugs – no parents allowed. Cupcake thought that was very funny and the pugs seemed to get a kick out of it too.

Another of their naughty antics which particularly appealed to Cupcake was the day they wrapped our decorated Christmas tree in bubble wrap. In fact they have played tricks with our Christmas tree on several occasions, once decorating the tree with Cupcakes beloved headband collection in the middle of the night.

Let’s band together moms, it’s Elf season!

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