Well it is almost time for our little Elf to come visit the Brandon household again. I have to admit, I am probably more excited than the kids are!! I have such fun with her! My two granddaughters named her Gingerbread when she arrived at our home. She was quite mischevious last year, she roasted marshmallows over my favorite candle, got herself caught up in ribbon in our tree, made a snowman out of marshamllows, played tic tac toe , I even found her reading her bible one morning.

This Christmas will be our  2nd year with Gingerbread.  I am so excited I get to play each night and set her up with all her little mischievous comings and goings. I have been doing some researching on what we will be doing with our Elf this year, and I have included those below for you. I will be creating our return letter for Gingerbread this week… that she will be bringing to our home when she arrives on Friday , the 25th.

Please look below for some cool ideas that I have found and we will be doing this year. (some Gingerbread did last year)

What is your favorite thing to do with your Elf?  Which of the pictures I have shared are your favorites?   I love hearing from y’all, so be sure to comment below!!

HAVE A GOOD DAY AT SCHOOL.     Great way to send your little one off to school for the day










SCAVENGER HUNT Anybody?     Hide candy canes and get kids in on the fun!










WORK OUT…..I think this Elf may have had too many calories and needs to do a workout and burn them off!!










ROASTING MARSHMALLOWS…….Who doesn’t love Roasted Marshmallows??










Here are some other ideas that I have found that will help you in setting up your Elf for their mischief.






  1. Sherri James

    I wish this was around when I or my sin was little. He will be 21 soon but if I can find like a sports themed elf on the shelf and start doing things I bet he’d love it…lol he is a big kid. I think if I won the $25 gift card I could get an elf on the shelf… Yay! Thanks Sandy and Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🎁

  2. Darcy Koch

    This weekend the kids will awaken to find Elvis Presently somewhere downstairs and more than likely they’ll be some sort of mess he made nearby.

  3. patty.wright

    I have an elf on the shelf I put on my fireplace mantle. I never thought to do any of the things listed with it but I will this year. I love the marshmallow barbells best

  4. Mary Cloud

    I think the Elf on the Shelf is a cute idea – my kids are too old for it or we’d definitely have one

  5. 19cs91

    Love Elf on the Shelf, though my kids were too old by the time it came out. Too bad because I know they totally would have loved it (and myself as well)!

  6. Oh I have to say, I have just as much fun with our elf Jack! Our little one goes NUTs when he arrives and enjoys Jack so much! He has toilet papered our Christmas tree, and filled our car with red and green balloons…was a little hard getting to school that morning! LOL…oh so fun! I love your roasting marshmallow idea!

  7. We have an elf who was waiting for us when we got back from our Thanksgiving trip. This year he’s been really active…. he’s ziplined through the dining room on dental floss, created a paper chain, and rode in a remote control car.

  8. Audra OHara

    My daughter has mentioned doing this. I love the ideas I see online. Now if someone would just come to my house every morning and actually do it; that’d be awesome. lol

  9. Julie Wood

    These are so many cute ideas and I love trying out different things with the Elf on the Shelf. It is fun to see the excitement on the kids faces when they find the Elf somewhere different each day!

  10. Julie Wood

    I love these Elf on the Shelf Ideas and think that it is so much fun to put the Elf everywhere for the kids. I have the Elf hidden again for the kids to find!

  11. Jennifer McConnell

    I love the roasting marshmallows idea. I’m going to copy it! Last night I made my elves (we have a pair) begin helping to decorate my youngest daughter’s tiny tree with itty bitty ornaments!

  12. Paula Gillespie

    I love Elf on the Shelf and love these ideas. My daughter is too old now for this but I wish they had this when she was younger. I could have had a fun time setting it up for my daughter.

  13. June S.

    (Elf on the Shelf ideas) These are all some great idea’s for placing your very own Elf On The Shelf.

  14. BONNIE

    I’ve always loved the idea of elf on a shelf but I know I would do it for like 2 days and then stop lol

  15. AnAngelsKiss

    My household does not do Santa for Christmas. I am told to leave a comment. That is my comment.

  16. Denise Donaldson

    I am going to try Elf on the shelf. I have always wanted to, so I am going to go shopping lol

  17. Andrea

    Such a fun tradition! It’s not for my family (or me rather) as the guilt would be laid on me any time I would forget to move it. But I love seeing pictures of other families enjoying elf of the shelf.

  18. charlene elswick

    I love the Elf on the shelf I wish it had been a big thing when my kids were little I know they would have enjoyed it

  19. Juanita May

    My grandchildren are too old for this, but I am looking forward to get one for my new great grandchildren.


    Unfortunately, they hadn’t invented Elf on the Shelf when my boys were little, but i think it’s cute. You really have some good ideas.

  21. Laura B.

    It is fun my sister does it with my nieces and though one is getting a bit old the younger one still loves it.

  22. Tanya Guthrie

    How fun! I’ve never had an elf on the shelf, I wish I would have gotten one when my kids were born.

  23. Carolyn Daley

    I am not a fan of the Elf on the Shelf. He creeps me out! I don’t have kids of my own yet, but I’d probably do something similar with a cute moose or reindeer instead. Very creative ideas listed.

  24. Christine A.

    If I had an Elf on the Shelf, he would sit on the fireplace mantle holding candy canes for visitors.

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