As another season of baking, shopping, and reindeer comes to a close, parents everywhere are breathing a major sigh of relief. But when you're left with holiday stuff on top of holiday stuff, the chaos probably won't seem done just yet. For most parents, this also includes trying to figure out what to do with Elf on the Shelf after Christmas. You already spent the entire month crafting up Elf on the Shelf antics for kids, and now you have to figure out what to do with him? It's like having another child in the house, for crying out loud.
The obvious answer might be to toss him in with the holiday decorations. However, there's a rhyme and reason to taking a different approach. I mean, we all know that holiday planning takes time, so you'll want to give yourself more room to think of awesome Elf on the Shelf ideas next year.
To top it off, there are many clever ways to "send off" the mischievous little elf. According to the toy's official website, Elf on the Shelf leaves on Christmas Eve to return to the North Pole. There, elves spend time with their friends, answer letters, and help make toys. So why not have fun with it? By playing along to the very last minute of the Christmas season, you can keep the holiday magic alive.