A Mischievous Elf Can Wreck Christmas

I absolutely love Meghan Mack’s post on The Elf on a Shelf!

Anyone who is familiar with this little Elf who appears out of nowhere during December and keeps a watchful eye over the children knows that the Elf can be quite mischievous. And when children misbehave around the Elf, Meghan has the right idea – spot on!

I don’t think Meghan is alone in her thoughts about the Elf. He can play quite an important role in the Christmas holidays. He hangs around for almost the entire month so he’s a natural part of the family for this period of time. Why not use him to your advantage?

But what if the Elf is more the trouble-maker than the kids? He is supposed to be mischievous you know.

A recent article about Elf on a Shelf caught my attention and had me wondering if maybe some people were taking it a bit too far. But by the end of the article, I was practically rolling on the floor laughing. This mom has found 101 Ways for the Elf to be mischievous. The more I read, the more amazed I was at what great lengths people take this to.

Some of the mischievous ideas for the Elf included the following:

  • Number 1 is to have a marshmallow fight with marshmallows everywhere – now that’s a sticky, icky mess!
  • Number 9 is to fill the tub with bubbles until the point of explosion! – Really? Someone call Gundlach quick!
  • Number 11 is to unroll toilet paper around the room and the Christmas tree – a nightmare unfolding here
  • Number 38 is to make cookies with flour everywhere – like glitter and wrapping paper all over the place aren’t enough?
  • Number 60 is take all the kitchen cabinet knobs off – you have got to be kidding!
  • Number 69 is to change all of the clock times – getting somewhere on time during the holidays is hard enough!
  • Number 94 is to cover the lawn with Easter eggs – that’s an attractive Christmas decoration!

These are not exactly things I would find fun to manage, and lots of busy Richmond moms might pull their hair out if the Elf starts doing such mischievous things. But who knows? Maybe this is fun for lots of families who enjoy watching the Elf’s crazy antics!

Click here to find the complete list of 101 mischievous Elf ideas from this creative mom.

We didn’t have an Elf on the Shelf when I was young – just the “threat” that Santa was around every corner and peeping in every window. Things have changed quite a bit since then.

For you Richmond moms who have to remember to “hide” the Elf every morning during December and put up with his crazy tricks, my hat is off to you. You’re creating memories your kids will remember forever!

Just be careful the next time you slip on your shoes to head out the door — you may just find them filled with crumbled crackers!