Sunday, December 11, 2011

What To Do When Someone Touches the Elf on the Shelf

It happened.

Sadie "accidentally" touched Spritz, our Elf on the Shelf. She didn't tell me about it, but I knew by some mystical mom force. He hadn't moved, but she just looked guilty. You know that face, right?

Do you know what happens when you touch your Elf on the Shelf? He loses his magic, and then he isn't able to fly to Santa in the middle of the night anymore to tell him how you're behaving. I asked her why she touched Spritz, and she said it was an accident. While I strongly doubt that it was accidental, I didn't want to ruin the entire Elf on the Shelf experience. I had to think quickly about how we were going to remedy this situation...Enter the "Magic Elf Dust" plan.

I told her that Spritz had lost all his magic and wouldn't move, but that I would email Santa to ask him if there was anything we could do to bring Spritz' magic back. Santa emailed me back right away and told me that he would send us some Magic Elf Dust in the mail and that we should check our mailbox today. (Santa somehow is able to make mail show up in our mailbox on Sundays...it's a miracle). Spritz couldn't move last night because we didn't have any elf dust, but it "came in the mail" today:

Magic Elf Dust How To (in case you don't feel like looking at the picture?):
1) Envelope
2) Tiny zippered plastic baggie (the ones that spare buttons come in)
3) white/silver/clear glitter (not too much...vacuuming is overrated)

Address the envelope to your munchkin(s). I put a red glitter nose on our Rudolph postmark. Put it in the mailbox strategically when no one is looking.

Ta da! Magic Elf Dust to the rescue!!

When Sadie and I went to check the mail, she was ecstatic that Santa had remembered to send her the dust! We went straight in the house, opened it up, and sprinkled it on Spritz so that his magic would come back:

She has SWORN that she won't ever touch Spritz again because if she does, we're packing that sucker up and sending him straight back to the North Pole.

Yours in lying-to-your-children-for-fun,

Kendra

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73 comments:

  1. I... totally had to Google what in the heck an Elf on the Shelf was. 8D But! Once I was educated - haha, so cute. :)

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  2. That is so awesome! Great thinking with the elf dust... And by the way santa i love that you emailed santa....so so cute.

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  3. So we're now teaching our kids to open letters with magic white powder in them? Hrm... :)

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    1. Hilarious....good point!!

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  4. Dave relax, it's not real.

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  5. You were so much nicer than me! When my daughter touched ours he did leave that night, but did not come back. Instead there was a letter from Santa saying that our elf had barely made it back to the North Pole because he was so weak, and he was now in the Elf Hospital. He was gone a night or maybe 2, then made a return back much to our children's relief! The look on DD's face when she got the letter that our elf was in the hospital from touching him almost made me feel bad!

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    1. HA! THAT is exactly what I did- elf hospital story and all thanks to the movie. it was a sad day for her :( I will use this idea in the future

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    2. :-( Why can't you and your children just enjoy the fun and joy of this idea? Not everything has to be tied to a consequence. I love the idea of Magic elf dust, simple, magical and loving. To have your child(ren) worry for 2 days just seems to take the whole fun out of it.

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    3. And that is what's wrong with kids today. EVERYTHING has a consequence, and if they don't learn that young, they act like they can do whatever they want, disregarding rules as they get older...

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    4. Because sometimes teaching your children that misbehaving has consequences helps them learn lessons. The "fun and joy" of Christmas is getting presents based on being "naughty or nice" so why not teach them that not touching something that isn't yours to touch will land them on the naughty list? It's about fun but also about responsibility, the elf comes with rules, if they break the rules and nothing happens, they don't really end up believing in it do they?

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    5. Maybe bc it's a great opportunity to teach cause and effect... Or consequences to our choices.

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    6. Because if they touch the elf they'll figure out it's a toy and not a real, living elf. Its that simple. Protect the "lie"....keep the magic.
      KP

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    7. I thought Elf on the Shelf was supposed to be fun!!! Not punitive! That is not a consequence. that is why we do not do EOAS. We have Elves-the kids play with them, watch movies with them, talk to them and sprinkle magic dust on them every night. They still think they are real!!! When the kids are sleeping the eves do silly things, or make them stuff!!!

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    8. To Anonymous - 12/4/12 at 8:27

      I bet you don't keep score either. It must be nice living in La-La Land. Meanwhile, the rest of us our preparing our children for the real world by giving them them experiences whereby they can handle disappointment. Our children will grow up knowing how to deal with your children. And Heaven forbid you pass on anything unique to your children... like a sense of humor. And I love that you feel free to spout your displeasure when others are sharing their ideas and funny stories. You must be a real blast to be around!

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    9. Why, when someone does something different than someone else, must it be horrible and their children are not going to have fun or aren't going to learn lessons. The reason, most do something when an elf is touched is because the story says that there will be consequences. If someone wants to follow through with those consequences, then that is their choice. Making your child feel guilty for not listening is much better than not having Santa come, which is what the story says (I think). Also, if someone makes up their own tradition or changes this one, who cares. It is what works for each family. I wish I didn't read that story. I think the elf should be someone that the children can talk to and play with and not just look at.

      Also, great idea about the magic dust and about the hospital.

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  6. This is cute! I found your page from Pinterest. We are doing "Elf on A Shelf" for the first time this year. I can't wait to see how my girls (4,2) do with this!

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  7. We had a friend touch our elf, because she didn't know any better. My daughter FREAKED out!! The first thing that jumped to my mind was to sprinkle him with the glitter from an ornament...cause that has lots of Christmas magic, lol!

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    1. just happened to us today... my daughter flipped out on her friend... trying to figure out how to handle this!

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    2. Same thing happened with our neighbor touching ours. Our son burst into tears. We wrote a Letter to Santa explaining the situation.

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  8. This is such a cute idea! I plan on doing "Elf on a shelf" for the first time this year with my three youngest (6 & 2(twins))! Can't wait to see how they react to it! My oldest is 9 & I really wish I would have known about this a few years ago!

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  9. This is a GREAT idea! My son is four and I have a feeling this may be the year Mickey The Mouse (our elf) gets touched. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I LOVE that your elf is named Mickey The Mouse. Priceless.

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  10. My daughter is grown, but I must say, I truly enjoyed reading your story about Elf on the Shelf. That was really cute and funny.

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  11. I am also from Pinterest. This is such a great idea. LOVE IT.

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  12. Great idea- love!! I don't care if it's Christmas day and Sanata came himself to take the elf to "elf hospital"~ you never stop teaching your children right from wrong and consequences from the choices they make! That's what GOOD parents do!!

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    1. Yes. We continue to teach our children. But the punishment has to fit the "crime". They will cry, worry, and feel terrible about.......... Touching a stuffed elf! Ridiculous. Children are innocent and curious. It's a stuffed elf! It's for fun! It's ok if my kids feel bad for hitting, physically hurting, or using hurtful words. But definitely not for anything related to Elf on the Shelf.

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  13. Our elf stays up high where she (her name is Twinkle) can't be reached - like on top of the bookshelf, on the curtain rod, etc. Helps prevent "accidental" touching! Our oldest (now 9) had some doubts about whether she was real, so she left him a note (thank you Microsoft for your plethora of fun fonts!).

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    1. How cute... our Elf is named Twinkle, also. This will be our first year with him.

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  14. This is pure genius!!! I LOVE this idea! Can I link to your blog from mine?

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    1. Hi Kristin - thanks for visiting! Feel free to link back! :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing!! Wonderful story can't wait to do it w/my 7 year old this year

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  16. My little sister often touches our elf by mistake. Usually we just notify Santa and the elf comes back to life!

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  17. It baffles me why adults make up such complicated, nonsensical rules around what should be a simple joyful event.

    Why can a child not touch an Elf, they are designed to be visually appealing to children, they are a toy?

    Why introduce anxiety where there is none? Life is complicated and confusing for children who are trying to make sense of our world, understand social conventions, understand why a friend won't talk to them, understand that they have to wait for something, why Mommy said that they couldn't have that toy etc. These are the real hurdles of childhood.

    I don't do The Elf on the Shelf as I don't buy into the whole naughty or nice lists for Santa. If my child misbehaves I reprimand him and it has immediate consequences not related to presents at Christmas.

    As an aside I have worked professionally with a child who was unable to enjoy any Christmas from the age of 3 until she was 8 as she was racked with anxiety about whether she would she be on the naughty or nice list. This resulted in a migrane which left her in bed for Christmas morning year after year. Fun.

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    1. Why are ADULTS so uptight, rude, and serious about everything? ! I bet you are just a joy for your family. For petes sake it really isn't your place to judge other people and how they choose to raise their children. If you don't do elf on a shelf why are you here commenting with your negativity? People like you are what's wrong with this world.

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    2. Actually, the elf is not a toy. It is not meant to be touched or played with. While it does encourage a belief in Santa and the magic of Christ,as, in the end, it is a tool used by parents to promote good behavior. If a child practices good behavior with the knowledge that he or she will have to face consequences for behaving badly, he or she will learn that good behavior is always best and will prevent consequences.

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    3. Are you kidding me? You wrote five paragraphs of negativity. I'm sure there were better things for you to do.

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    4. They cant touch the elf because those are the rules. it says so in the book that comes with the elf. Just like they have to sit and listen in school and stand in line, go to work, etc,etc....kids need rules, routines etc. If they were allowed to play with them, they would equate them to a toy...toys arent real...the elf is supposed to be real. he enhances the magic of christmas...the mystery....

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  18. How do you present the elf for the first time?

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    1. my husband and I put the Christmas tree up (with out ornaments) while the kids were sleeping and set the elf up high in the branches and said she came when the tree was put up. I've seen others have the elf sent in a package.

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    2. Ours came on the front step as a gift from Santa on Thanksgiving. My son was so excited!

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  19. Thank you! 100% Agreed! This is not a "hurdle of childhood" It's about having fun with your children on Christmas. You should try it.

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  20. Thanks for the cute idea. My 3yr old played with Scout this morning and my older two kids were upset because they know the "rules" of the elf on the shelf. Magic sprinkles from Santa to the rescue!

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  21. Christmas is a magical time of year whatever your beliefs! My children love that our elf is "magic" and appears each morning in a different place. The book states that you must not touch him...so we follow those rules. One day they will realize it isn't real and neither is Santa...but for now we treasure a different kind of magic...the kind of magic through a child's eyes...and it's beautiful! My children are neither stressed nor uptight about it...

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    1. I love this. I don't think there is anything wrong with telling our children something to make Christmas a little more exciting. My children know that Jesus is the reason we celebrate, but they have fun with Sparkles (our girl elf) as well! Some people just don't know how to relax and have fun.

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  22. Great idea Thanks for sharing! I have twin 6 yo boys...Our elf just joined our family yesterday (he got stuck coming in through the chimney. He was hanging in the flue upsidedown, with his little head peeking out of the fireplace, when my boys got home from school. It took them a good hour before they saw him hanging there. And screamed, "MUMMY OMgosh, what's\who's in the fireplace?"). They haven't touched him, but Good to have this option in case one of them "accidently" does. :->

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  23. cool our elf got touched by someone

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  24. To the baffled commenter above, the Elf on a Shelf came with a book that explains why the elf cannot be touched. Our four year old couldn't wait to explain it to daddy and her big brother. It is magical. It is exciting and fun and creates wonderful memories. Traditions. Simple.

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  25. I wish i could afford one for my kids. All i hear from my daughter is how sad she is we dont have one all her friends do. It seems so fun!

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    1. I saw a DIY for making your own elf. The lady used one of Tinkerbell's friends, removed the wings, and hot glued trimmings from a Christmas sock to make the clothes look more Christmasey. I think those dolls sell for $10.

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    2. It doesn't have to be the 'true' elf on the shelf. Our elf is more of a stuffed elf. You can find some at the dollar store. The kids believe just the same. All people don't look alike, why should all elves? :)

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    3. I've seen a few families who have made their own elves... really cuts costs!
      You can write a letter from santa explaining the "rules" Or borrow an elf on the shelf book from a friend to read with your little ones. Most craft stores have doll making supplies you just need a doll head and some felt and pipe cleaners (to make arms and legs bendy) and you probably don't even have to sew I bet you could get away with a glue gun..
      Here are a few links I found....
      http://betteroffthread.com/2012/11/23/elf-on-the-shelf-diy-style/
      http://www.thewonderforest.com/2012/12/meet-elfred-diy-elf-on-shelf.html
      http://www.thegreenmommy.net/2012/11/diy-elf-on-shelf.html

      -- Good luck!

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    4. There a ton of DIY elves on Pinterest, including one that only consists of dressing up one of the Twinklebell fairy barbies in elf clothes. We are "adopting" an elf for my daughter's first christmas because I like the idea that her elf came to us the year she was born, even if she cannot appreciate it yet. We cannot afford the book and elf either, so I found an even cuter elf for much cheaper online and found a nice letter on Pinterest to include with her.

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    5. You can afford a computer and internet connection but not a small elf that can bring much joy to your kids. Really??

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    6. Grinch are you so rich that you are unaware of the possibility of free computer and Internet access at the library? -- Not to mention other places. -- Although fun, an EOAS is not a true need... you know, like food, shelter, and clothing. ... My mom always told me that we never knew when an elf might be watching, because they can be invisible.

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  26. You are awesome!! What a great idea about the magic dust from Santa to bring our elf back to life! Thank you!!

    Happy Elf on the Shelfers in Bel Air MD

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  27. haha thats halarious that she did that

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  28. Jesus was "magic", too. I like the idea of the Elf for my great-granddaughter...shame I didn't realize with my son and grandson how important Christmas could have been. I so wanted to stress the Jesus in it. We can do both, I suppose.

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  29. We had an accidental touching of the elf this morning, Snickerdoodle is now resting with a bowl of cinnamon to give him strength to fly back to the Elf Hospital at the North Pole.

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  30. We've removed the bit about not being able to touch the elf out of our book- my kids don't even know it's supposed to be there. One of my kids is blind- without being able to touch the elf he's got no ability to participate. He's a doll, you can touch him- he can still do his duty if he's played with.

    Personally, I think it's a stupid thing to have ever been put in there in the first place.

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  31. >Tiffany: you could make one? All they really are is a doll's head with a small Santa/elf hat, a body of cardboard appendages covered in felt. It would cost maybe $3 to get what you need from the dollar store, if you have one near you. Hope you give it a try! You can also print out a book to go with your elf, so your kids get the story :) Merry Christmas all!

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  32. We have an elf for our class and when one of our kiddos picked her up and handed her to me I asked "Do we touch our elf?" And he realized what he had done and just started crying and almost shaking. Was not expecting that reaction at all. So our elf sat on the cabniet and had a "video chat" with Santa which recharged her magic. And he still tells his friends that "we don't touch our elf that's not the right choice"

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  33. Tiffany, There is a plush elf on the shelf at Target ($8.00 or so) He works as well and you just have to have the rules down. Jingle is our elf and the "magic" starts when you name him and let Santa know that he is "adopted". We had to explain that certain stores are "adoption centers".

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  34. I dont move my child's elf and i thought it would stay in the box but then the next day he was on the kitchen cabinet. So its a little creepy though.

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  35. Such a cute idea vey quick thinking...I will remember this one and will have the glitter handy thank you

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  36. We have some "elf safety" exceptions. One day Jingle went sliding down the stairs in a toilet paper tube and he ended up right in front of the front door...NOT SAFE! We discovered that using a pair of kitchen tongs to move him to a safer location IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY is ok....whew! And he has fallen over once or twice and touched US...but that's an accident and accidents happen sometimes...he got better with some rest and quiet time.

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    1. This is the funniest thing I've read on the internet this year :) Senior Elf Health and Safety Executive :)

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  37. OK I want to do this so bad, how fun this will be. But I'm still un sure about a few things. So when I find an elf how is the best way to give it to the kids? I get how he is suppose to move all around each night, but what happens if you child has been bad, does the elf just sits there and for how long? Where is he suppose to end up , like does the elf have a goal spot he needs to reach before xmas??? Can someone fill me in on the proper game/rules. I'm going to a craft fair this weekend , hopefully I will find one.

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  38. I'm really suprised no one wants to teach their own kids boundaries,but everyones different. My kids don't touch the elf and it doesn't ruin their day, they have enough toys.The elf is special like in the story , but I love this idea with glitter cause accidents happen

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  39. We wrote the website and they said to sprinkle cinnamon (because elves love cinnamon) and sing Christmas Carols. Hope this helps.

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  40. the elf on the shelf website has a section on what to do if your elf is touched. it involves sprinkling cinnamon around the elf. I also incorporate some jingle bells and singing loud christmas carols because in the will ferrell "elf" movie the "best way to show christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear" and that's how they build enough christmas spirit to get santa's sleigh to fly. if that can make santa's sleigh fly, it can get the little elf back to the north pole too. he/she might need a day or two in the elf hospital before coming back, though.

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  41. Nobody move or the Elf gets it!!!!

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  42. Stinky and pinky are enjoying being at my workplace and the ADULTS have touched them causing them to loose the magic.they will now be learning about consequences if not following rules. Apparently they weren't taught as children and still have some learning to do. Real life sucks sometimes but.....

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  43. On the elf on a shelf website it says to sprinkle them with cinnamon because it's like vitamins to them, and it gives them their magic back

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