Share your Elf’s antics on our Facebook page!

Kathy submitted this one yesterday. Her elf Charlie has a thing for Angry Birds. He has swiped the iPod and was playing! Thanks Kathy for being our first submission! I love it and will be stealing the idea!

Kathy submitted this one yesterday. Her elf Charlie is an "Angry Birds addict." He has swiped the iPod and was playing! Thanks Kathy for being our first submission! I love it and will be stealing the idea!

Katie's elf dyed the family's milk green. She said her kids squealed and went nuts!

Katie's elf dyed the family's milk green. She said her kids squealed and went nuts!

Julie's Elf is sending a subtle message that he wants snow. It looks like he wrote it in lipstick!

Julie's Elf is sending a subtle message that he wants snow. It looks like he wrote it in lipstick!

We have a fun holiday activity for our AJC Momania family. We want for you to share what mischief your Elf on the Shelf is up to each day.

Not only will it be fun seeing photos of their hijinks, it may also help other families looking for creative ideas for their elves.

You can share photos or just tell us what your little scamp is up to.

We’ve already had several photo submissions and several ideas posted. After we have a bunch of submissions, I will post the best photos to the blog. But you can check the Facebook page each day to see what our creative parents have come up with! (One idea from Katie was to make flour angels on the kitchen counter with the Elf!)

When you post it on our Facebook page, I am going to assume it’s OK for me to also post on the blog. I’ll just use first names on the blog for the Elf owners.

So show us how creative you can be and post your ideas and fun Elf photos to our AJC Momania Facebook page.

We can’t wait to see what Elf hijinks are going on at your house!

P.S. While you’re posting or just checking out the photos, click that you LIKE us and share the page with your mom (or dad) friends!

You can find our AJC Momania Facebook page here!

48 comments Add your comment

Kat

December 1st, 2011
1:08 am

Thanks for the ideas! After last year, I began running out of “new” ideas. My kids love trying to find our Elf. This is great – thanks!

KimZ'sPackage

December 1st, 2011
1:23 am

The Elf at our house was found playing with my wife’s B.O.B. (battery operated boyfriend). She will not let me hide the Elf anymore. It did work. I just hope we are not getting an August Surprise Present.

ABC

December 1st, 2011
7:20 am

Sorry, but not a fan of the elf. Maybe it’s because my kid is not in preschool but even if he were I can’t imagine expending any brain cells on what the elf should be up to.

Short guy wearing a tight dress

December 1st, 2011
7:37 am

fred

December 1st, 2011
8:40 am

I like the idea of hiding the elf and having my girls try to find hm, but I do not get the mischievous elf making a mess, destroying things. to me that seems to be too much trouble. We just move the elf to a new spot every day it helps get the girls out of bed as they try to find him.

JOD

December 1st, 2011
8:54 am

Cute idea! I don’t think I would have him making messes for me to clean up, but the green milk is a cute idea. Maybe we’ll pick one up this year. Thanks for the pics, TWG, it will be neat to see what people come up with.

theresa

December 1st, 2011
9:00 am

I will get the slur down as soon as I can. I’m not at my desk where I can remove it right now but I know its there.

We’re more of the funny scenes and hiding elf philosophy. So I love that angry birds. They would like to findhim in the fridge. That woul be dfferent.

Becky

December 1st, 2011
9:32 am

I bought one of these for this year and my two have no interest in him..The only thing that they talked about him for any reason was to name him..

What we do that they are interested in, is put out the little candy “boxes” and they enjoy opening them to see if Santa put anything in them over night..We have been doing that for them, since their first Christmas..

Really?

December 1st, 2011
9:55 am

I was a nanny for a set of twin boys. They had an elf who they said was a spy. He was always watching them and would report back to Santa to tell him if they had been good or bad. They loved being on their best behavior when I would remind them Santa would find out.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 1st, 2011
10:30 am

I am also enjoying reading everyone’s names for their elves…. Winter and Chambers are two new names… so post your elf’s name when you post on the page. People are already looking for ideas and the photos so get posting.

Dr. Str8 from the Dec.

December 1st, 2011
10:31 am

I have a three and five year old and they enjoy coming home from school to find our elf. He hides in the most peculiar places. Yesterday he was found hanging aroung the chandelier in the dining room. I guess the light bulbs needed changing. LOL. It is a fun activity for younger babies.

Becky

December 1st, 2011
10:39 am

Theresa..Our elf has two names..Sparkles Elfie..

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 1st, 2011
10:57 am

Angela just posted three great photo on the facebook page — check them out!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 1st, 2011
11:33 am

Also did you note that SAnta is following his elves via our fb page

NEGa_Mama

December 1st, 2011
11:41 am

I bought one this year not so much to remind my son to “be good” (I don’t need a doll for that) but because I knew my husband and I would have fun thinking up things for him to “do” around our house. We’re kinda silly like that…..anyway, my son named him Lightning McQueen (slight Cars obsession around here) and literally JUMPS out of bed each morning to see what the elf has gotten into overnight. So far he’s set up a racetrack with some of my son’s Cars cars, colored a Christmas picture (leaving crayons scattered all over the table), done a P90X workout with my husband’s weights, and last night he played the Xbox. I love the milk idea – we will definitely do that one night!

It’s a silly thing, I guess, but it takes me less than five minutes a day and it makes my son laugh. What’s the harm?

Elliot Garcia

December 1st, 2011
2:16 pm

Sorry your kids have no imagination, Becky…..

Steven Q. Stanley

December 1st, 2011
2:16 pm

Like Santa himself, Elf on a Shelf is a way for lazy parents to deceive their children into behaving 2 months a year.

Rodney

December 1st, 2011
2:28 pm

Man – what a bunch of scrooges on this blog – so what if you have to take a little time and think up where the Elf should wind up each morning. I can tell you that my sister’s kids (they’ve named the Elf Freddie) are really into it and excited about Freddie.

Then on the other hand, Freddie IS basically a narc … :) I’m glad he wasn’t around when she and I were kids.

LydiasDad

December 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

ABC sounds like a joy to be around.

Elf = Lying

December 1st, 2011
2:33 pm

Could not agree more with Steven Q. Stanley. I’m not really sure how you folks get around the fact that 1.) this is lazy, 2.) it is completely dishonest, 3.) it is bribery. How about teaching your kids to obey and be responsible? Are you really going to give them less presents if they’re “bad”? Somehow I doubt it. And I’m pretty sure they’ll figure it out. Mark it down: don’t be surprised at their manipulation of you later after your manipulation of them now.

Kam

December 1st, 2011
2:41 pm

Our elf’s name is Zeke. My sons, ages 12 and four have a great time looking for Zeke each morning; the 12 year-old knows it’s for entertainment purposes only, but both kids find the elf’s hiding places hilarious. This morning Zeke was eating left over Thanksgiving turkey in the fridge. I think my husband enjoys hiding Zeke just as much or maybe even more than the kids like finding him.

BaBaBinx

December 1st, 2011
2:54 pm

Elf = Lying, I’m guessing you don’t have kids…..

Ernie the Elf is at our house. I forgot to move him yesterday. He’s still sitting in a bowl on the dining room table.

Steven Q. Stanley

December 1st, 2011
2:56 pm

Yes, I have a son and we do not need to lie to him about Santa or elves to enjoys Christmas or get him to behave. Any family that does is a very sad one.

RL

December 1st, 2011
3:02 pm

Elf Magic is much better — http://www.elf-magic.com.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 1st, 2011
3:08 pm

Our ELF can be found doing Chores. He has helped with the dishes, with the laundry, helps cleaning bedrooms, & helps feeding the dog. He has the dogs leash today. He will be reading the Bible story of the Birth of Christ in a few weeks. Our ELF is not Mischievous, but a true Helper and Teacher of personal value.

Elf on the Shelf X 2

December 1st, 2011
3:31 pm

someone has a corncob up their posterior

Elf = Lying

December 1st, 2011
3:31 pm

BaBaBinx, I actually have two kids. And no Elf. We do watch the movie with Will Ferrell though. Makes me laugh every time.

Elf on the Shelf X 2

December 1st, 2011
3:37 pm

We are fortunate enough to have two elves in our household. Grady was hidden so well that I couldn’t remember where he was and so another one came to visit. Well my daughter unwrapped something in the closet and Grady falls out. So now we have two, one for each child.

Becky

December 1st, 2011
3:55 pm

@Elliot Garcia..Actually, my two have a lot of imagination, they just use it toward other things..

@Rodney..We have a lot of people that come on here that all they seem to want to do is be grumpy..Glad to have you here..

Longtime Educator

December 1st, 2011
4:01 pm

My elementary school is doing the elf school wide. They have a news show every morning produced by the fifth graders and the principal and assistant principal are part of the morning news. The elf was hiding in the potted plant today where the administrators were sitting and making announcements. They told the kids to watch for him around the school building. Of course the kids are super excited about finding him!

Sharon C

December 1st, 2011
4:05 pm

Our Elf isn’t around to make our son “behave”, but to have fun…he’s on vacation! Jolly has been found roasting marshmellows for s’mores. Had mini marshmellows on toothpicks and holding over a candle stub (unlit) with crumbled up graham cracker crumbs and m&m’s scattered around. Also found him tangled up in christmas ribbon after he’d “helped” wrap a couple of presents. The favorite was finding him hanging onto the wheel of the car in the garage with a half eaten box of Krispy Kreme donuts in the seat beside him.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 1st, 2011
4:05 pm

Longtime educator — that is so cute!! I have a friend using one in her classroom in Gwinnett and she posts about it on Facebook.

We’ve had a bunch of photos posted this afternoon on the Facebook page so check them out for ideas. Also Kathy’s photo of her Angry Birds Elf is on the front page right now so that is very exciting!

I love the idea of the elf putting focus on baby Jesus and doing good deeds. that’s a great approach!

Atlanta Native

December 1st, 2011
4:26 pm

@ Burnt Weenie Sandwich – I preferred Hot Rats, Weasels Ripped My Flesh and Apostrophe, but enough about Frank Zappa album titles, get over yourself.
I had our elf attached to a 10 foot surf fishing rod fishing for cans of tuna in a glass bowl half full of water. He was using a Chocolate glazed donut on a treble hook for bait. My son laughed so hard he hurt himself, and then gladly ate the donut. I got to use my weird sense of humor and my son had fun. This demographic ain’t so bad.

jarvis

December 1st, 2011
4:49 pm

My oldest found our Elf book on NOVEMBER FIRST and read it to her brother. We didn’t know what to do. Should we lie to them, and tell them that an adult has to read the book to make the Elf appear? Or should we bring the Elf out that night?

We chose poorly. We’ve been moving the Elf for nearly 5 weeks now with about 4 more to go. It’s a freaking nightmare.

motherjanegoose

December 1st, 2011
5:02 pm

We obviously have no need for Elf here, as the kids are in college. Our dog does something that you could do with Elf…if you leave a box of tissues within her reach she pulls everyone out and they are all over the floor. I have a picture of her, when she did this last week. I say, “WHO DID THIS?” and she looked like she did not have a clue as she sat in the midst of the tissues. We have decided that a box of tissue is cheap fun for her. This does not happen very often but catches me off guard when it does and I stumble on the mess. I just stuff them back in the box, as she does not tear them up. Our Lab used to grab the toilet paper and yank it all around the house until I remembered to crimp the roll. That would work too but you would have a harder time re-rolling…haha!

Yesterday, the dryer sheets fell off of the dryer and she got into those. After that, she went downstairs and I caught her standing on the sofa to see if she can find any candy in the sofa table candy dish. She had managed to find one Hershey’s kiss somewhere and I found the wrapper. She does not typically get into things but every once in a while she surprises us! She gets a bee in her bonnet, as it were. I know dogs are NOT supposed to have chocolate and I have tried to tell folks here not to leave anything out for her to sniff out.

I think being creative and having fun is a good thing, with kids. I do not think using it as a bribe is the best idea. If your kids do not realize that you are in charge now….this will only get harder to enforce when they are driving your car. IMHO.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 1st, 2011
7:58 pm

The ELF is only around for a few weeks during the Christmas Holiday. The REAL Mischievous Monster in the house is “The NOT ME MONSTER”. The Not Me Monster can NEVER be found but IT can destroy any and everything, but NEVER be seen doing it. If I EvER catch the NOT ME MONSTER I am going to Spank his bottom for a month.
yes the Elf on the Shelf writer can now use my Idea to make a Not Me Monster book.

Fred

December 1st, 2011
8:27 pm

I was going to ask you to do this again TWG. I loved the “evil’ pictures posted last year from your friends elves. The candy cane prison was especially funny.

Stanley q sucks

December 1st, 2011
10:07 pm

Stanley – it’s a toy elf, don’t be such a DB

Fred

December 1st, 2011
11:04 pm

I see a bunch of mind controlling Scrooges have posted today (I would say asshats, but I think TWG dis-approves of that term, at least officially, so I won’t say that).

What is WRONG with you people? You want kids to be adults? Apparently YOU have forgotten to what it’s like to be a kid, maybe you were never allowed to be a kid. Either way I pity you. my daughter loves Whitney (her name came on the tag I think). She’s old enough to know better (nine) but she WANTS to believe. Same with Santy. And what’s wrong with that? I take the “Yes Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus” approach. When she asks me I say, “what do you think?” Is it any less of a fantasy than the fantasy that lowering the taxes on the 1 percenters who ship all the jobs overseas helps us? I think not.

The cold hard reality of life will hit her in the face soon enough. Can’t she have fun? Can’t WE have fun? Do we have to be back stabbing duplicitous people with a fanatical agenda like you asshats, whoops I mean “Scrooges” are? Do you EVER have fun? Or do you only have fun when you evict a 103 year old woman? Or try to arrest a 3 year old for eating a dried apricot in a grocery store?

Just damn. Get a life people, a HAPPY one. If THIS is what stresses you out, you have much to be thankful for. Either that or you are petty little asshats who steal oxygen from the rest of humanity.

oh and Merry Christmas. :D

Fred

December 1st, 2011
11:07 pm

Oh and just to REALLY piss you Scrooges off? I’m going to go out the first thing tomorrow and purchase a reindeer for our elf. http://www.elf-magic.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=B00000-DEER

I hope that REALLY has you gnashing at you teeth lol.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

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Ladies have a look at what my man does for a hobby. You might find something of interest.

observer

December 2nd, 2011
12:12 am

Saw the Elf sticking out of the back of shorts of a person that ran past me at the ATL half marathon. Laughed so hard, probably knocked 30 seconds off my time. Worth it. Youngest child here, 20 years old. We missed out on the Elf thing when she was young. However, will get an Elf because it is just fun. Can only imagine where the Elf will show up in our household but we will totally enjoy it. Laughter and fun at home….a good thing!

JOD

December 2nd, 2011
9:15 am

@Fred – Too funny…almost spit out my coffee! I just ordered the book and Elf after hemming and hawing about it last year, so we’ll hopefully be up to hijinks by Monday.

@TWG – This may be my favorite blog serious…it’s hilarious and sweet at the same time. It’s really nice to see adults and kids getting a kick out of something so simple (not to mention creative)!

Elf on the Shelf X 2

December 2nd, 2011
9:51 am

Update: Grady and his brother elf(can’t understand what my son calls his elf) are playing the Wii this morning. One has the controller and the other has the nunchuck.

Becky

December 2nd, 2011
2:31 pm

@JOD..I found my book and Elf at the Goodwill..I lucked out in that I only paid $2.92 for them both..

@Fred..LOVE your post at 11:04pm..

Fred

December 2nd, 2011
11:16 pm

@JOD and Becky: I don’t do facebook so I can’t see TWG’s Elf page there, but you should go there. Based on what she posted here last year it is funny as hell.

I got the reindeer today, (different than the elf on the shelf but basically the same thing), but I ddidn’t have time to get the rest of the stuff I needed to have the reindeer “appear” tonight. I can’t even take credit for what I want to do. I got the idea from Theresa’s blog on this last year. I’m going to have the little girl elf incarcerated in a “prison” made of candy canes and a box top while the reindeer is sleeping on some grass outside the prison. I didn’t have time to get the candy canes today so I’ll have to think of something else to do tonight.

It’s fun and I enjoy it, my daughter enjoys it. Her reaction when she gets the reindeer will last my lifetime. It’s worth the ripoff 18 buck. LOL, that’s less than a case of beer. Bah Humbug on the humorless asshats, they don’t define OUR fun.

But seriously, you should pity them. They seek so hard in life to find a “cause.” Can you believe that THIS is their cause? Personally I would aspire to more but I don’t judge…………

KByers

December 3rd, 2011
3:51 pm

I got Elf on the Shelf for my 6 year old. If you don’t threaten that he will tell Santa you were bad all the time, then it isn’t a bad thing. My son loves him, named him “Happy”. He took all the ornaments off our christmas tree and put them under it and hung himself on the tree so he could be the only ornament. I am raising a respectful, little gentleman so, if someone is ignorant enough to think this goofy little elf will keep a child from being bad 24-7 for one or two months you are the complete idiot and need to find another blog or post.

Figment

December 5th, 2011
8:14 am

@Fred – there’s a reindeer? Where did you buy it?