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Ever since the Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition was published in 2005, it’s been a fun tradition that families look forward to every year. Here it is for those of you who don’t know the story. Since Santa can’t be everywhere to see who is naughty and nice, he hides elves in people’s homes who gather intel. Then they fly home to the North Pole during the night to tell Santa whether the kids have been nice or naughty. Parents move the elf every night to a new place, so the kids play hide and seek each day up until Christmas.
Now that you know about this fun tradition, here are some great ideas to get your elf on at home this holiday season.
1. Elf on a Shelf Snowball Fight
The elf on the Shelf snowball fight is a popular one many families use because it can be done in so many ways. Some put the elf on a pile of marshmallows, while others use cotton or pieces of paper balled up. One cute way is to set your elf on the shelf outside, especially if there’s snow. Then the kids can find him on the way to school, or you can tell them to look at the doorbell, or outdoor camera feeds to see what their elf is doing.
2. Elf on the Shelf Reindeer
Did you know that’s Santa’s elves have pets? It’s probably not surprising that they love reindeer. Get the cute reindeer that kids will love and focus some of your elf on the shelf ideas with him. The kids will love that their elf has a pet just like they do.
3. Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast
Some families love ringing in the holiday season with an Elf on the Shelf North Pole breakfast. It’s the perfect way to reintroduce the elf to your kids this year while having some holiday fun. You can go all out and create fun printables, like a letter to Santa, or a report with some fun facts about your kid’s favorite elf. Serve up their favorite foods and count down the days until Christmas.
4. Elf on the Shelf Games
Did you know there are all kinds of fun free Elf on the Shelf games for the kids and ideas for parents? Plus, if a family game night is something you do regularly, you can hide the elf in the games or use him to introduce the next board game for game night.
There are so many fun things you can do with your Elf on the Shelf. You can even use your smart home security to make it a game and help them spy on their elf to make sure HE or SHE behaves.
Use the Alarm.com’s Seasonal Santa Claus Security Feature
Did you know you can catch Santa on your Alarm.com security camera? How fun will that be for the kids? First, make sure your security app is updated and then open it. Next, tap the Santa icon on the menu to get a still photo from the security camera. Choose from one of the Santa images. There are black and white ones for nighttime and colored ones for a daylight Santa snapshot. You can even edit the photo in the app, and then when the kids get up the following day, show them your picture.
The kids will be delighted and shocked that you have actual photo proof of Santa’s visit.
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