It’s T-minus three days to Christmas. Do you know where your Elf is?
If you signed yourself up for this
wretched magical task, your creativity well is probably starting to run dry after 22 wonderful nights of Elfin hijinx.
You’ve done the icing sugar snow angel. You’ve desecrated Santa’s scout by making him poop choc-chips into an ice cube tray. He’s hidden everywhere from the tree to Barbie’s dream house. And let’s be honest, you’ve forgotten to move him at least twice and had to convince your hysterical children that elves hibernate. So, now what?
This week on This Glorious Mess, our podcast about family life, mum (and Elf on the Shelf sucker) Holly Wainwright shared a couple of life saving ideas that will get you through the final stretch.
Listen to Holly’s tips. Post continues below.
Use these tricks over the next three nights to save yourself the headache of coming up with inventive ideas to dazzle your kids. Then throw your Elf in the oven and WATCH THE SNITCH BURN.
1. Elfie makes a magical egg
This was a reader suggestion that worked a treat in Holly’s house.
“Put your Elf on the Shelf somewhere obvious. Next to him, you put a couple of ordinary eggs. And you put a little saucer with some glitter (and parents of little kids ALWAYS have glitter lying around) and you leave a note for the kids. The note says, ‘you’ve been so good, if you sprinkle this egg with elf dust, something wonderful will happen.’ And the next day when they wake up, it’s become a Kinder Surprise egg!”
2. Infiltrate the loo
Whenever you’re lacking inspiration, just hit up social media. Searching #elfontheshelf will bring up a trove of Insta-perfect Elf moments (plus a few hundred thousand wildly inappropriate incidents of Elf debauchery.)