Elf on our Shelf {2020}

Train (our elf) is BAAAACK!

We’ve planned and now we’re ready to execute. In fact, we set our Elf in his first pose on Thanksgiving eve.

Normally our Elf comes on December 1, but because this year is this year, Train came early!

This is our third year of elf’ing and we actually enjoy it and miss Train when he has to return to the North Pole.

We found the secret to actually enjoying your elf is to pre-plan the poses, so you don’t have to think on your feet. We do this by creating a calendar. While we deviate from the calendar on occasion, it’s so useful to have an idea ready to go. We’re four days in and have deviated twice, which is fine by us. Michael doesn’t know any different.

Check out our 2018 and 2019 calendars for additional ideas. {Printable 2020 calendar here.}

If you need even more ideas, check out my Elf on our Shelf Pinterest Board.

Follow my Instagram stories for each of the Train’s evening adventures: https://www.instagram.com/mszerwo/.

Here are some our adventures so far:

I’m off to set up tomorrow’s epic elf adventure. Happy elf’ing! I’d love to hear your best elf scenes in the comments!

Love your Elf on the Shelf!

It’s already mid-November, which means in a few short weeks our Elf on the Shelf Train will be returning from the North Pole, to make sure our sweet boy actually stays on Santa’s “nice” list.

We met Train last year, shortly after my son’s third birthday. It was the perfect age to begin.

24 days of new Elf activity is a lot of work.

To prepare, I did my homework and created a calendar for our Elf. The hour or so I spent on Pinterest and creating the calendar was totally worth it.

I have a tendency to doze during my son’s bedtime, so the calendar was a guide to help my husband and I both to place Train, even if we didn’t want to.

I bought a couple of items to ensure our Elf’s success: a package of cotton balls, a dry-erase marker, a couple of cheap gifts (stocking stuffer type things) found at the Target One-Spot or Dollar Store.

Read our 2018 calendar here. (This includes a weekend trip to NYC, so some hotel Elf action)

Read our 2019 calendar here.  (This includes another quick trip, this time to Seattle)

Here are some of my favorite Elf poses from last year. This year I’m most excited to use the leftover spider web from Halloween to have Spider-man suspend Train.

Elf on the Shelf with North Pole breakfast

Train with his North Pole breakfast

Elf on the Shelf visits the Sprinkle Spa

Train visited the Sprinkle Spa. So relaxing!

Elf on the Shelf coloring

An easy one: your Elf can be coloring or practicing their letters!

Elf on the Shelf "Chilling" out

Just “chilling” out in the snow (cotton balls)

Elf on the Shelf reading to his dino friends

Reading a new train book to his dinosaur friends

Elf on the Shelf in the tree

Another easy one: suspended in the tree!

Elf on the Shelf racing stuffed animals

Are they racing or is the T. Rex going to eat the deer!? Elf attached with unscented floss.

Elf on the Shelf calling Santa

Uh oh… Santa wants to talk. Another easy one!

Elf on the Shelf just hanging out

Mr. Bedhead found his Elf, just ‘hanging out’

For more ideas, visit my “Elf on our Shelf” Pinterest board.

Happy Elf-ing!

There’s always the Elf Surveillance Camera if you’re not interested in the Elf.