The Elf on the Shelf is still a relatively new Christmas tradition (10+ years is nothing compared to how long we’ve been putting trees in our houses), but we have a feeling you’ve heard all about it. In the 2005 book with the same name, we learn that The Elf on the Shelf is a special scout for Santa Claus. Scout Elves help Santa manage his naughty and nice list by observing your family’s holiday adventures and reporting back to the North Pole after everyone goes to bed. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns and finds a new place to sit, waiting for someone to spy them. It seems like every year the Scout Elves come up with more elaborate ways to set themselves up, as you may have seen on your friends' Instagram posts.
The kids love it—after all, who wouldn’t want a special surprise every day of December? Finding your Scout Elf every day really extends the feeling of Christmas magic through the whole month. For parents, however, the creative challenge of finding new ways to display their Scout Elf can get pretty overwhelming, especially on nights when there are a hundred other things that need doing.
That’s where we come in. Keep scrolling for easy, quick, and creative ideas for Elf on the Shelf you can incorporate into your month of celebrating. Whether you’re a seasoned Scout Elf pro or just dipping your toes into a new family tradition, check out these ideas for your friend from the North Pole.