The morning after he went to school with my daughter he surprised them with a fun craft activity, chocolate coins and a thank you note!

Triumphant Animal Parade

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Another favorite of mine. Milo leading a triumphant animal parade near the Christmas tree atop none other than the king of dinosaurs, T-Rex!

The Elfie-Selfie

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The three brother elves drew a fun Elfie-Selfie picture on poster board!

Marshmallow Snowman Roast

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Okay, I’ll admit that this one was more for me and my Facebook friends. It was 1:30 AM and I’d just finished making a lovely marshmallow-snowman scene for the kids to find. I might have gotten a bit carried away!

Scanner Prank

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While I had seen the copier gag before, I included both of my kids’ favorite toys and scanned two arrangements of the trio, one for each child. Whenever you’re using inspiration from elsewhere, remember that the more personal you can make it, the better!

The Tea Party

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One of my first ever Elf on the Shelf arrangements was Milo having a tea party with my daughter’s Barbies and her favorite teddy. And yes, Milo was getting a little friendly with Sleeping Beauty!

The Toilet Paper Hammock

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Another of my first creations, and one of the first “naughty” things that Milo did. We’re into the third year now and it’s still one of my daughter’s favorites. She told me a couple days ago that she hopes he does it again!

Sleep Over With a Letter to Santa

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My daughter wanted him to have a sleep over with her toys, (maybe not the best idea seeing Sleeping Beauty from the previous Tea Party photo!) and she found him writing an email in the morning.

Reason for the Season

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As a Christian family we wanted to remind the kids of the reason for the season!

First Night Intro Letter

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The first time Milo made an entrance on a return year, he came with a letter that my 2nd grader could read, highlighted a big life event, and reminded them of how his visits work.

Epic Toilet Papering

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Another joint effort from Milo and his two elf brothers, leaning more on the cheeky side! The gingerbread and Graham Cracker houses on the table are the results from the aforementioned Epic Gingerbread House Surprise photo.

Give it Up for the Cookie!

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What a coincidence! Santa’s favorite cookies are the same as dad’s.  This was our morning surprise on Christmas Eve, leading to a really fun family baking activity that provided the yummy treats for Santa’s arrival!

Mmmmmm….Snickerdoodles….OH sorry, I got distracted there for a minute! The 2nd photo is how the kids left Milo on Christmas Eve—ready to catch a lift with Santa back to the North Pole till next year!

Let It Go Already!

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The next three aren’t mine but I’m including them because they hit my funny bone and aren’t plastered all over Pinterest…yet anyway!

Frozen’s Elsa freezes Elf on the Shelf! I don’t think it needs more explanation. My daughter is past her Frozen craze but I’m debating getting her a doll just to build on this idea!

Underpants Balloon-Ride!

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This Elf on the Shelf flying through the room in a pair of underpants is hilarious, clever and frankly, pure genius!

Give it 20 minutes, actually 30!

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This idea mixes Elf on the Shelf with potty-humor; a definite recipe for success!

I love the whole Elf on the Shelf idea (aside from when I procrastinate) and likely get more from it than my kids! I can only hope that when I’m old and decrepit, my kids will surprise me with Milo’s shenanigans every December morn! (I’m not holding my breath)

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