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Elf on the Shelf — 6 of the Funniest Ideas to Use for the Christmas Holiday

Bettina Dizon
Jan 08, 2021
09:50 P.M.
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One of the best ways to continue feeling the holiday spirit is to leave several Christmas decorations all over the house, including Santa’s little helpers, elves.

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Aside from jolly old Saint Nicholas, many other Christmas characters exist in films and decorations, including Santa’s most trusted little helpers, the elves.

Many have since made it part of their holiday tradition to display Elf on the Shelf in their homes for children to discover and feel the season’s spirit. Here are six quirky ideas for the beloved Christmas character.

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ELF ON THE SHELF QUARANTINE

To add a little kick of reality and humor into the display, an Elf can feel the 2020 quarantine vibe with a tiny mask. When the Elf appears, have a note beside him sharing what quarantine was like up at the North Pole.

Add a little positivity by reassuring the children that everyone, including Santa, Mrs. Claus, and all the elves, are safe and ready to make Christmas the best one yet.

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ELF ON THE SHELF EXERCISING

To keep up with all the toys needed to be made and delivered on time, Elves need to stay fit and healthy. By letting kids know that they workout through a mini yoga mat and printable exercise sheet, they too may be inspired to get moving.

She recently shared a snap of an elf looking naughty with a Grey Goose bottle.

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ELF ON THE SHELF BAKING SANTA’S COOKIES

What’s a Christmas tradition without cookies for Santa? Let everyone know that he enjoyed the midnight snacks by leaving an Elf on display by the plate of cookies and a glass of milk.

The idea can work both ways with the elves leaving Christmas cookies for the kids. Indeed, the children will wake up to a sweet and delightful treat from the North Pole.

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CAMPING ELF ON THE SHELF

Another exciting way to display the Elf is by leaving him to camp out in a make-shift tent, preferably using a book or a tablet to create the triangle sheltering him.

A tiny sleeping bag with Christmas colors can also be purchased on Amazon or Etsy to complete the Elf on the Shelf look. Regardless of what materials are used, creativity will make it look real.

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“HARRY POTTER” ELF ON THE SHELF

What better way to incorporate Elf on the Shelf with a classic movie than by making a “Harry Potter” Elf on the Shelf on his way to Hogwarts. A platform on the Hogwarts Express can easily be copied along with black cloaks.

However, many different scenes from the many “Harry Potter” films can be made with the elves, including those that give them the coveted magical wands.

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ELF ON THE SHELF WRAPPING GIFTS

Seeing elves in action will definitely amaze children. By wrapping little boxes with dollar-store trinkets or candy, elves may look like they are hard at work to ready gifts for next Christmas.

Several families and celebrities have used Elf on the Shelf to lighten their holidays, including Savannah Guthrie. She recently shared a snap of an elf looking naughty with a Grey Goose bottle.

Savannah Guthrie during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014, in California | Source: Getty Images

Regardless of how the elves are styled, it is important to give them a name and let the children know that they are surveilling them, all while enjoying and feeling the spirit of the holidays.

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