Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Elf on the Shelf Summer Care Package

After Christmas last year, I found this Elf on the Shelf blanket on clearance. Since Allison always gets bummed when her elf leaves on Christmas, Jason suggested that it might be fun for him to mail her a little care package during the summer. Since I am a mom who will drag out the make believe world with my kids for as long as possible, I was so on board with that idea!

A few weeks ago, I boxed up the blanket for Allison, put in a winter puzzle for Mariah, then added in some Christmas candies. Sealed it up, topped it with red and green glitter, and left it on the front porch for them to find in the morning.


Allison couldn't contain her excitement over the mystery package on the porch, and immediately tore into it!




Her Christmas spirit is back in full swing, and she is eagerly awaiting his return this year. It was a fun little idea that lifted their spirits on an otherwise boring, summer day.


Do you like the idea of Elf on the Shelf, or are you so over the novelty of it by now?


52 comments:

  1. I'm totally over it, but my kids still love it, so I will keep it up. Actually, I am pretty sure that my oldest doesn't believe anymore, but he's playing along. My little guy still has a couple of years, though!

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    1. My oldest doesn't believe either, but she still gets excited to see where he winds up each day lol.

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  2. I love doing Elf on the Shelf every Christmas!! I'll probably still be doing it when I am old and grey. I am so excited for Christmas :)

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    1. Me too Keith! Even when they don't believe anymore, we will still be pulling the Elf out every year!

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  3. We don't do Elf on the Shelf at our house. When Elliott first heard about elf on a shelf he said it was weird and implied it was creepy. He's not fond of the idea of Santa watching him sleep either. When he was four or five he told me that anyone who watched him sleep should be willing to wake him up and talk to him.

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  4. Elf on the shelf has never graced my shelf, came after I was out of the house. Great idea indeed though.

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  5. That was such a cute idea Jason had. I like surprises too... good surprises. My Grandkids have the Elf On A Shelf and love it.

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  6. you're such a good mom! Indeed you are!

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    1. I wish I could take all the credit for this one. Every once in a while Jason gets a brilliant idea though, so the glory here would be all his :)

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  7. My nieces aren't old enough to understand Mr. Elf yet

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  8. We've never done Elf on the Shelf. I enjoy seeing people's posts about him causing craziness.

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  9. What an awesome idea!! It gets them excited and ready for his appearance come Christmas time :) I'll have to suggest this idea to friends of mine who also have an Elf on the Shelf :)

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  10. You're such a good mom! I don't even do Elf on the Shelf during the winter because it's enough for me to keep up with laundry. ;)

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  11. To me the whole Elf on a Shelf thing is sort of like a Christmas traveling garden gnome. You know, you take the elf and put it in all sorts of ridiculous places and situations and take photos and send them to people, or post them to Facebook or Instagram or something.

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  12. Very funny idea! I hope you come to my house too!

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  13. What a great Elf! Our Elf has never done anything like that! I think Ryan (10) is on to the Elf by now, but still would play along if it meant a fun care package over the summer. :)

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  14. You and hubby are so cool! What could be better than "Half Christmas" gifts. Love it!

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  15. My husband loves that elf like no other, and so does our youngest. :) Love the summer gift idea!!

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  16.  I'm not a Mom (no?) but I, too, will drag out the make believe world for as long as possible. An August elf.... Santa on the Bahamas. Bora? I like it!

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  17. interesting..look at those lit-up faces..full of smiles..great idea, Theresa..

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  18. That sounds like such a fun idea :) I'm the type of person who listens to Christmas music all year round, and will keep decorations up all year round if permitted.

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  19. We never did Elf on the Shelf. My kiddo isn't into that sort of thing, and if I did try, he would never let me put it away. He plays with all his Christmas stuffed animals all year long.

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  20. This is a really cute idea! We haven't done Elf on the Shelf to it's full extent yet, but plan on trying it this year.

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  21. I've always thought it was the cutest idea. I love the creativity of it all!

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  22. I love this idea. I wish I had thought of it. I am going to have to do it for my girls next year.

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  23. I never did Elf on a shelf. It is a cute idea though. Love keeping the idea going through the Summer.

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  24. What a perfectly lovely thing to do. It is always nice to receive an unexpected gift--especially from your favorite elf!

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  25. It's such a fantastic idea!! Surprise gifts are always such wins!!

    On another note, can't believe the end of the year is almost here in 4 months time eeks!!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  26. I have never done Elf on the shelf as I hadn't heard of him till last year.

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  27. We have one that comes on Thanksgiving but it's a chore trying to remember to move it.

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  28. I have never done the Elf on the Shelf before. Looks fun though!

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  29. We actually didn't do Elf on the Shelf but something very similar. I can certainly see how Christmas in the summer would bring a smile to anyone's face. :)

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  30. We just received our Elf on the Shelf this month and I am very excited about introducing his magic into our home. Our boys will love it.

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  31. This is a fun idea. Not sure if I will ever do it though as my kids are getting a little too old Amber N

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  32. We enjoy elf on the shelf every year!

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  33. What a great idea. I love it! Your girls look very happy. I should do something like this for my son.

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  34. I love the mid-summer surprise! I haven't done it with my kids, and I'm not sure if I want to or not.

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  35. I hate that creepy little thing. Ach!! I love the funny little stories people come up with though and also I think whoever devised it is an evil genius!!

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  36. This look like such a fun idea. Great way to keep the holidays alive all year long.

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  37. This is a cute idea! I've never done Elf on the Shelf and now I think I've missed the window as they've all pretty much grown out of it.

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  38. Such a fantastic idea! They look so happy! So important to keep the magic alive year round!

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  39. Haha what a fantastic idea - I totally want to do Elf on the Shelf myself! x

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  40. They don't filly believe but I am going to try again this year.

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  41. We've never done Elf on the Shelf but with all the hype and fun that I see every year-- I'm thinking of doing it this year with my family!

    Chene Atkins-Whittington

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  42. I have to admit, I've never understood the whole Elf on a shelf crazy. I know my son would like, it but its just not my thing.

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  43. This is so funny! Our Elf is packed up in his "summer home" in the storage area right now.

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  44. How fun for them to get Christmas gifts in the summer. They looked like they enjoyed it! :)

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  45. Yay! I finally received my first Elf on the Shelf and I'm super excited to create memories with my kids. I just hope I don't freak them out.

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  46. My middle son was scared to death of this elf on a shelf so I had to tell him it wasn't true. So we are doing things for my youngest one. LOL

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  47. Oh my so funny! This reminds me of my kids when they see a package on the porch addressed to them or at least I tell them it's for them...they tear into it!

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