He’s been a part of your life (sometimes in the same spot for more than a day) for several weeks now. He’s just like one of the family, and he’ll be missed on Christmas morning and every day until the day after Thanksgiving next year. Don’t you think your Elf on the Shelf deserves a proper send off? Here are a few ideas we love.
5 Fun Ways To
Say Goodbye To Your Elf On The Shelf
1. Leave a note!
One popular way to bid farewell is to have your elf leave a special, personal message for your kid, whether it’s a typewritten note or a message spelled out in candy or plastic letters on the fridge or on snow-painted window or mirror.
2. Snap an Elfie Selfie
Holding a peace sign with the message “peace out” on Instagram. Show your kids when you “discover” this Christmas Day.
3. Let them snuggle!
At my house it’s just torture to NOT touch Elvin and Elvis. So much so, that I caught one kid in the act. The result: Elvin didn’t move for two days because the touch drained his magic and he had to recharge for his trip back to the North Pole. Well, this year we’re breaking the “elf” rules and letting the kids cuddle and play with their elves on Christmas Eve. You see, Santa gave elves extra magic for Christmas Eve snuggles, and they’ll return next year as long as you put them back in the same place you found them. (Thanks to balancinghome.com for the idea! And seriously, how cute is this cuddly elf moment with her son Quinn?)
4. Throw your Elf On The Shelf a going-away party!
Have your child leave an invitation with his elf, and then decorate a spot in your house on Christmas Eve Eve and put out snacks and games. On Christmas Eve Day, have your elf “land” at the party and pose him accordingly (maybe he’s dancing under a tiny disco ball, face-first in a bowl of chips, or spinning records). I particularly love the scene above, which was created by blogger Amy Locurto. Score the free printable photobooth props at her blog.
5. Going away gift!
Have your children wrap a little present (a tiny scarf, a marshmallow, or tiny elf doughnuts) for their elf and place it under the tree on Christmas Eve. Leave behind some kind of “evidence” crumbs, sprinkles, thank you note, etc.) for the kids to find Christmas morning.
Find these ideas and more on our Goodbye Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board. But if this all overwhelming, you can make your life easier by getting an elf kit from World Elf Org! They have pre-done daily kits to make “elfing” so easy!
What about you? How do your kids say goodbye to their Elf On The Shelf?
by Kim Hays
former OMB contributor