Easy “Elf on the Shelf” Ideas for the Burned Out Mom

I don’t know about you, but I’m that mom that dreads “Elf on the Shelf” season. I love Christmas with a “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” kind of love….but dread the Elf. And by dread, I mean I swear up and down every year that THIS is the year we “scale back” on the Christmas hoopla, and it starts with the Elf. THIS is the year the Elf decides to goes somewhere tropical for a tan and a much needed vacation instead of our house. THIS is the year that I am under no circumstances bowing to the Elf pressure, the creative stress, the exhaustion. THIS is the year…not happening…nope.

And as you’ve already surmised, I’m sure…it lasts all of about 5 minutes, and then the incessant “Elf” chatter from my Littles chips away at my ice-cold, worn-out heart until there is no choice left but to succumb to ALL of the pressure and be the mom that my kids have absolutely NO idea I am being. (until years later when they find out we lied to themfun times.)

So it is currently the second week of November, and I’m in the denial stage. The kids have yet to mention the Elf; therefore, I am once again clinging to the hope that they may have forgotten the last 5 years of their lives, and I am finally free. Leave me alone. It could happen.

However, because I’m a team player and we moms have to stick together in this whole Elf fiasco, I am passing along some “kid tested, mother approved” Elf ideas that are easy to throw together and don’t involve the Elves wreaking havoc on the home or teach our kiddos to be any naughtier than they already are. Like they need help.

Our Elf’s name is Jingle, so we’ve stuck with the song lyric theme for the past few years, and here are a few of our faves. Good luck, tired moms…and may the odds be ever in your favor!!

Tip:  We learned after the first year that the cards make a big difference. Our kids are fairly current on their song lyrics and figured them out quickly, but the cards made it much easier and a lot more fun.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas - My milkshake brings all the elves to the yard. song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – My milkshake brings all the elves to the yard.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - Do you wanna build a snowman? song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – Do you wanna build a snowman?
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - Ice Ice Baby - The cold never bothered me anyway. Song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – Ice Ice Baby – The cold never bothered me anyway.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - They see me rollin....they hatin. #ridindirty song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – They see me rollin….they hatin. #ridindirty
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - I came in like a Christmas ball. song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – I came in like a Christmas ball.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - Now watch me sip...and shop on ebay.
Elf on the Shelf – Now watch me sip…and shop on ebay.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - Turn Down For What? Song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – Turn Down For What?

The hubby even got in on this one. I fell asleep and forgot to move the Elf, so he jumped right in and kept up the theme. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

Elf on the Shelf Ideas - I don't think you ready...4 this jelly. Song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – I don’t think you ready…4 this jelly.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - Hello from the outside...I must have knocked 1,000 times. Song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – Hello from the outside…I must have knocked 1,000 times.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - I like big trunks...and I cannot lie. Song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – I like big trunks…and I cannot lie.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - Band-aids don't fix broken rolls...but I'll say sorry just for show. Song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – Band-aids don’t fix broken rolls…but I’ll say sorry just for show.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas - All I want 4 Christmas....is Dew... Song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – All I want 4 Christmas….is Dew…
Elf on the shelf ideas- you used to call me on my elf phone...late night when you need my Christmas list. song lyrics
Elf on the Shelf – You used to call me on my elf phone…late night when you need my Christmas list.

It’s even better when you have great neighbors or friends who work with you. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

So take heart, tired mamas. We can do this. Er…you can do this. I’m still holding out for the fact that my kids have forgotten.