Are you tired of coming up with insane Elf on the Shelf ideas to entertain your kids? Check out this easy Elf on the Shelf idea that includes the easiest Elf on the Shelf hack ever. No more searching the internet for Elf on the Shelf ideas. This will be the last elf idea you’ll ever need! Busy moms around the world will rejoice.
Why is the Elf of the Shelf so Stressful?
Have you tried Googling “Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas” lately? Even the “easy” ideas are overwhelming. No wonder moms bemoan this aspect of the holiday season. Seriously, who has time to wrap the toilet in wrapping paper or set up a zip-line for the elf? Both of these are ideas that came from “Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas” from a Google search.
The stress to have the funniest elf is so real that many of my mom friends dread the Elf on the Shelf. I even know a few moms who refuse to buy an Elf on the Shelf because they don’t want to be stressed out about it. I get it. The holiday season is filled with so much stress already. Why add to it?
Lucky for us busy moms, I have an Elf on the Shelf hack that is sure to blow your mind. Ready for it?
Elf on the Shelf Hack
Don’t do anything crazy with your elf. Just do this one thing:
Move your elf from one shelf to the next each night after your kids go to sleep.
Easy enough, right?
Here’s the secret to enjoying the Elf on the Shelf: don’t try to keep up with the crazy moms on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. Just move the damn elf without doing anything crazy to it. Your kids will still love it and you won’t have a mental breakdown this holiday season.
Why I’m Anti-Mischievous Elf
If you’ve seen the Elf on the Shelf movie or read the book you know that the elves don’t do crazy things. They literally move from one shelf to the next. That’s it.
I’m not sure how the whole mischievous elf stuff got started, but I can tell you that our elf, Eli, plays by Santa’s rules (oddly similar to Mom’s rules). If the elf is around to make sure my kids are being good, then I think Eli needs to set an example. That’s why he doesn’t get into trouble in our house.
I know, I know, but doing crazy things with the elf is part of the fun. If you love doing crazy things with your elf then go for it. More power to you! In fact, one of my favorite blogging friends has a fun blog post with some great Elf on the Shelf ideas that will make you giggle.
I can promise you that my kids love finding our elf in different places every morning. Just because I don’t go all out every day for our elf doesn’t mean I can’t have some fun. Our elf might do one crazy thing a year. But that’s it! At the end of the day I just want to relax, not put together an elaborate Elf on the Shelf scene.
So mama, cut yourself some slack this holiday season and don’t stress out about the elf. You’ve got enough on your plate.
Just move the damn elf and call it a day. Then pour yourself a glass of wine and relax.
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Ani Kay | Momma Bear Life says
I am right there with you, momma! I didn’t buy the elf for years because I wasn’t into the mischief. I had friends who would do these elaborate things that sounded both exhausting and something I didn’t want my kids exposed to. People may think I’m being a party pooper, but my son is so excited every day he wakes up and finds the elf in a different place. So. Excited! And I agree, why would an elf, who is watching my kids to make sure they behave, misbehave?
Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money says
I feel like a party pooper too! I really want to show moms that it is just as fun to have the elf simply move from shelf to shelf. You don’t have to go crazy!
Lisa J O'Driscoll says
You are so smart! I got into the habit of doing fun things and now my girls almost expect it. I should have set the bar much lower. LOL
Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money says
Lol! Yes! I feel like I could write a whole series of blog posts about setting kids’ expectations low. Who knows, I may end up with more energy in years to come!