Elf On A Shelf – So Good, It Was An Epic Fail

January 1, 2017



If you are wondering “why is she still going on about that blinking #ElfOnAShelf”, then you are not alone. Even I can’t quite believe it. But it’s happened. Our Elf On A Shelf was so good, it was an epic fail. And I am now paying the price due to my own inability to say ‘no’ to my wide eyed Little Button.




I Spy A Whole Lot Of Mischief

This time last year I flicked through all the clever Elf On A Shelf photos on social media…as you do. It was littered with the things so there was no escaping it. So much mischief made up by many a parent across the country, and they were all so hilarious captured moments. In truth, despite feeling utterly creeped out by that weird plastic elf face, it did seem like loads of fun.


So, I switched sides and decided to join camp #ElfOnAShelf for Christmas 2016.




Hello Elf On A Shelf

By some miracle, before I committed to good ol’ plastic face, I spotted the cutest elves in town from Elf for Christmas and quickly snapped up a GIRL elf. Yes… it was a girl! Feeling extra lucky, I also added a special accompanying book, just to make sure I could pull this off. Because, let’s face it…how do you get a 4 year old to believe that a toy comes to life when she goes to bed, and reports to Father Christmas on all the goings on.


Elf On A Shelf - So Good, It Was An Epic Fail




Hook, Line and Sinker

If you already read our blog, you will know that my Little Button wants to be a mermaid when she grows up. However, having said that she takes after her practical dad and will do her upmost to get to the bottom (and truth) of everything, including the magical stuff. She likes to see how things work in a science geek kind of way, so it’s pretty hard to pull the wool over her eyes.


But, for whatever reason, after a bit of seam spotting and label questioning, she fell for Elfie hook, line and sinker.


Elf On A Shelf - So Good, It Was An Epic Fail

Elf On A Shelf - So Good, It Was An Epic Fail



Our Elf On A Shelf

From the word go, Elfie was a winner. She got up to all sorts leading up to Christmas, and it was more giggle than work trying to come up with different things that she could get up to.


Elf On A Shelf - So Good, It Was An Epic Fail


It wasn’t long before, by day, Elfie was a regular feature in Little Buttons make believe games. Sorry true Elf fans, but I did let my little one PLAY with Elfie during the day. It’s only a toy right. And what could go wrong?




Elf On A Shelf – So Good, It Was An Epic Fail



Lots can go wrong!


Before I knew it, Little Button had worked herself up into a frenzy over Elfie going back to the North Pole. Oh good lord. She just wouldn’t be distracted from her cause. She even wrote a letter to Father Christmas asking him for Elfie to stay.


But then it happened.


She started to dread Christmas Eve as it was the night when Elfie would be going back to the North Pole.


What to do, what to do??


Elf On A Shelf - So Good, It Was An Epic Fail



Oh Blooming Heck



Yes I did.


I pretended to be Father Christmas and wrote back saying that Elfie could stay! What kind of deranged idiot would actually do that?? Well, it turns out that that would be ME.


Now I know what you are thinking. I should have said NO. I thought that too. But you know what, I came to the conclusion that the magic only truly lasts for so long. In a blink of an eye, Little Button will be having a laugh over the whole Father Christmas thing, along with thinking that it’s no longer a good idea to be a magical mermaid.


When that time comes, I want to be able to look back and fondly remember that I helped to make the magic of Christmas sparkle for her that bit brighter. Even if it does mean that I am going to be playing #ElfieOneAShelf all year… #Help.


Elf On A Shelf - So Good, It Was An Epic Fail



Did you do Elf on a shelf this year? If so, what did you make of the whole experience? 


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61 responses to “Elf On A Shelf – So Good, It Was An Epic Fail”

  1. Mrs Lighty says:

    Oh no Annette!! You’ve got your work cut out!!

  2. Lux G. says:

    Oh no. It’s a cute one though.
    Happy 2017!

  3. Oh erm oops! 12/10 for dedication though lovely. Maybe she could wake up in the same position: “having a snooze” about 10 x in a row in a hope that the novelty wears off a bit? Maybe she snoozes all year now until Dec? Good luck! 😉 x

  4. Jane Taylor says:

    Oh no! A whole year of Elf on the shelf! Nightmare! You’ve already won some kind of parenting award for 2017 with that demonstration of sacrificial love, Annette!

  5. Alison says:

    This made me laugh – sorry! I can laugh because I’m not the one stuck with it. I think the whole Elf on a shelf thing is an absolute parental nightmare. There is no way I would have wanted that extra pressure at Christmas when my kids were young – I could just about keep my head above water as it was. I honestly don’t know how parents do it and I certainly wouldn’t want to be put in that difficult situation of: everyone else is doing it, should I? All I can offer is sympathy – lots of it and I hope that the elf becomes: just another toy! Alison x #DreamTeam

  6. Aww I would have done exactly the same! And you’re right, the magic only lasts such a short while – do whatever it takes to keep it special for as long as possible #DreamTeam

  7. Wendy says:

    Ahh no! Good luck with your year of Ekf on a shelf you crazy lady! It was a very sweet thing for you to do for little button though xx #dreamteam

  8. donna says:

    can’t do it, it scares me. Like a demon elf that might eat me in the night. Or something. #dreamteam

  9. Oh no!! Maybe you can say after New Years her magic fades until next Christmas?! So then she can’t get up to her usual mischief! Good luck! #DreamTeam

  10. Oh dear!! I managed to avoid the whole Elf on the Shelf thing thank God but you obviously did such a good job at bringing Little Elf to life that Little Button can’t bear to see her go! Hopefully if Elf decides to be a little less ‘exciting’ the novelty will wear off? Although I do like the idea of having someone to report back to Santa ALL YEAR ROUND so every cloud eh? #dreamteam

  11. Rach says:

    Ha, this Elf On A Shelf business sounds ever so stressful! #dreamteam

  12. Jaki says:

    Oh this made me chuckle!! You must have done such a good job! We have never let little man play with the Elf, maybe that’s why he hasn’t got too attached! I do t envy you though playing ELf On The Shelf al year. It’s hard enough just for December!! Good luck with that one!! #DreamTeam

  13. Lisa says:

    Oh this is too brilliant for words, but I’ll try anyway! I love that you have totally set yourself up for a whole year of Elf mischief, I can’t wait to see what she gets up to at Easter…eating all the eggs perhaps? You’ve really brightened my day with this post, thank you #DreamTeam xxx

  14. Hahaha oh no, I laughed out loud at this!! I was so glad to see the back of the elf, after our seventh year running I was really struggling for ideas!! I shoved it in a drawer on Christmas eve thinking Id put him in the attic after Christmas, and Eva only went and found him! I had to tell her it was his last “trick” before he went back, I’m sure she is onto me!!! #dreamteam

  15. I am so thrilled it ended happily! We haven’t done elf on a shelf but we had one at work and we would leave it doing fun and cute things for each other and my boss’s daughter named it Lexie, I will miss Lexie when I go back to work #dreamteam

  16. stacey oakes says:

    I had exactly the same problem and deliberated if the elf should stay. My daughter is only 15 months but even a week later and she is still checking the light, windows, under the table etc. for him. I have hidden him now but I don’t know how easy next year will be!! #DreamTeam

  17. Ky says:

    Oh no!!! We haven’t done elf on the shelf and I’m not sure I ever could. I would probably be rubbish at remembering to do it every day. #dreamteam

  18. Oy, we ‘elved’ for 2 or 3 years before I lost it. On christmas eve 3 years back, I placed hom back in his box and put him in the bag for charity. Off to goodwill withhim to make magic for those without, creepy plastic faced elf! You are a brave mama going for a year! Does Button not even try to touch him? #DreamTeam Happy New Year!

  19. Oh bless her! It sounds like you nailed it though and kept your little mermaid happy!


  20. Ha ha, fantastic. Kids really do know how to tug on the heart strings don’t they? Good look playing along all year long!

  21. AH who cares! In a few short years, as you say all will be revealed anyway and I doubt this will have a lasting effect on her mentally lol. It’s all a bit of fun and you made her happy.

    Playing it all year round though…. I bet you’re praying for her to get bored lol !

  22. C.R.A.P.

    Elfie might have to have an accident and go buh-bye.

    Kind of curious to see how many days in a row you can pull elf on a Shelf off though!


  23. Oh no! Will you continue to move her around for the entire year then?! I’m not a massive fan of Elf on a Shelf. For starters I think the official ones look creepy; I don’t want one in my home. I much prefer your approach of buying a cute unique one. But I would never have thought this could happen so I might think twice.

    I think it’s cute you wrote back as Father Christmas 🙂


  24. Helena says:

    We weren’t going to but this year Father Christmas mixed up our presents and after giving my eldest a bath toy decided to withdraw it and gave her an elf instead. The bath toy went to my nephew! Conspiracy or not I’m now wondering whether to go with the whole Elf on a Shelf or shelve the idea! #DreamTeam

  25. This is so funny! Darn elf on a shelf. So glad ours is over until next year! #dreamteam

  26. awww that was just too cute! I love how you let her keep Elfie. Little Button is just adorable dreading the thought of her going back to North Pole.
    In years to come she will look back and have fond memories of her innocence! #dreamteam

  27. What a great mama you are! But are you going to have to move that blooming elf ALL YEAR LONG?!?

    You are going to have to be some kind of creative to pull that off!!! Best of luck!

  28. Catie says:

    I applaud you for even doing this in the first place. I’m sure I would have given on too if my boys had been younger. #DreamTeam

  29. Arrrrgh! That’s Elf on the Shelf gone bad! Couldn’t imagine keeping our naughty elf in the house for the next year, she’d cause havoc! #DreamTeam

  30. Poor you! I would have done exactly the same thing! Defeats the point really if you have a sad Xmas child!#DreamTeam

  31. Kerry says:

    Oh that’s so sweet, it’s amazing what goes through their little minds isn’t it?! I haven’t done Elf On A Shelf yet, and I don’t intend on doing it any time in the future, it sounds like far too much work! #DreamTeam

  32. That’s so sweet and funny. I do imagine you’re going to drive yourself crazy over it though. I’m actually looking forward to seeing what the elf gets up to through the year 😀 #DreamTeam

  33. Sarah says:

    Glad your daughter loved it so much after all your efforts! I don’t have the patience to do it! #dreamteam

  34. Rhian Harris says:

    Haha – Elf on the shelf all year around sounds like fun to me – possibly because it’s not my life though 😉 #dreamteam

  35. Petite Words says:

    Ha ha ha! Keeping the magic alive… in the super mum job description isn’t it. So lovely 🙂 these are the memories children cherish forever. #dreamteam

  36. Cathryn says:

    Uh oh. Haha. To be fair I used to believe in fairies at that age and write notes to them that my mum, I mean the fairies wrote back. If it keeps her happy and you’re up for doing it. Then what’s the harm?


  37. Oh dear, it sounds like you’re going to have a lot of work to do! It would seem cruel to take her away though when she was so attached to her!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

  38. Oh bless her getting so upset! X was worried when we put the mince pie and carrot out that Santa would take the plate with him!

    Good luck finding adventures for your Elf!

  39. I sucked so bad this year and due to getting sick and the kid getting sick, our elf forgot to show up…eek. Your little button is lucky, she has a new pal to get her through the year. #BloggerClubUk

  40. Chloe Wood says:

    We did Elf On The Shelf last year but truth to be told I didn’t have the energy this year! Well done you for attempting in the first place! #DreamTeam

  41. Michelle says:

    Sorry, but I can’t stop laughing. You really have got your work cut out. Good luck with Elf and I hope he manages to sneak off in the not so distant future #dreamteam

  42. Fridgesays says:

    34 and still wannabe a mermaid, so just warning you she may want to still play Elfie for another 30 odd years #dreamteam

  43. We didn’t have an elf as I think Caspian is too young and I’m not sure I want to introduce the concept. You clearly did really well 😉 Lovely and funny post #DreamTeam

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  44. Jeannette says:

    O my sole! So funny. Luckily my kid has no idea what Elf on a Shelf is, so no risk there. She would also want to play with it the whole year… #Dreamteam

  45. Brandi Puga says:

    OMG abort abort! I would probably move and forget the elf just to get our of having to deal with that little devil any longer! haha! you are a better woman than I!

  46. This is so funny! We started our Elf tricks on the 5th December. 18 days of tricks to come up with. That was hard enough! Each year it gets harder to think up new tricks. I can’t imagine doing this all year round!!!


  47. Aedin says:

    Hi, joining up the #dreamteam linky for the first time!I love your blog!This year was the first year both my girls were fully aware of Christmas and Santa but I didn’t have the energy for Elf on the Shelf!Maybe next year!

  48. wow, that must be tiring thinking of all them new situations X #dreamteam

  49. Hahaha oh dear oh dear! I am anti elf I’m affraid (for as long as i can be at least..) so i have no suggestions. other than maybe replace it with the Easter Bunny?! #DreamTeam

  50. James Hopes says:

    Blimey that all sounds like a lot of work even just for December!! Fair play to you for sticking with it and then volunteering for even more!! #DreamTeam

  51. Lisa says:

    You should do a weekly round up of what Elfie has been getting up too!! Haha
    L x

  52. Sonia says:

    I got away with not doing this as my youngest is 5 and it hasn’t really been a ‘thing’ up until now! I think maybe you have a magic elf who needs to sleep until December, to save up their magic and enable them to report back to Santa at that important time!! Good luck!! #DreamTeam

  53. Ohh Annette!! Bless you, I love the story behind this, you are so kind and lovely 🙂 So now what to do with that Elfie hanging round your house all year round….errrm! Thanks for hosting #dreamteam with me x

  54. Kat says:

    We have a stag with swag, he’s a bit horrible and really lazy but he still helps with the magic! It is nice to use during the build up but all year around…ouch! #DreamTeam

  55. Oh Annette! Your first line made me snort and the whole post made me laugh so much. I don’t think you’re an idiot for letting her play with the elf. I’d do the same thing and had no idea in fact that part of the complicated machinations of the whole affair require not letting your kid play with it and taking it away on Xmas Eve as I don’t do the elf thing in my house (I think I’ve lost a friend over it too as she got a real bee in her bonnet about my blog post about Christmas traditions!). But seriously this is why I don’t do it! Well all this and many other reasons such as the wholesale americanisation of every damned thing. Thank God Christmas is over and that elf has gone from people’s social media feeds lol. #dreamteam

  56. Lucy grace says:

    Oh bless her!lol. The same thing happened with my friend’s son… their elf had to stay an extra week before he had to get back and help santa at the north pole!haha! #marvmondays

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