Unless by some Christmas miracle you've escaped the Elf on the Shelf hysteria of the last few years, you know exactly what season it is come December 1st. It's the season when parents scramble around the house at midnight moving that darn elf! Facebook is rife with messy elf escapades from friends around the country, each serving to make you feel just a little bit less creative. We've got you covered though with 15 non-messy Elf on the Shelf ideas and will give your kids a little sense of the magic of the holiday every morning.
Elf on the Shelf is a little stuffed elf that is sent to Santa-believing homes to "scout for Santa" from the North Pole. He likes to take baths in bowls of tiny marshmallows and often gets held up by other figurines who already live in house. Families adopt an elf who bops back and forth to the North Pole every night, reporting back to Santa on how the children behaved that day. When he returns to his forever home, he lands in a different spot around the house every night — proof that he actually did venture outside. It's no surprise, though, that the internet has taken the Elf on the Shelf to new levels, upping the ante of what the Elf could get into each and every day.
The trick of the Elf on the Shelf is that you have to remember to move it every night, otherwise your kids might wise up to the fact that it's not actually paying any attention to their antics. The other trick is that, at least according to social media, your Elf is supposed to act like a tiny adult, roasting tiny marshmallows over a tea light or picking a snowball fight with little pieces of paper, and oftentimes, all your friends will come up with something totally original and impressive. Folks, the competition is real.
Basically, the elf gets into tons of shenanigans upon his return, and often leaves a huge mess that is fun for the kids to wake up to, but not so fun for the adults to have to clean up. And adding a mess, no matter how small, is not our idea of bringing peace during the holidays. Thats where these 15 Elf on the Shelf ideas that won't cause a total mess come in real handy. And don't worry, your kids will still be amused.