There are some pretty awesome elf-on-the-shelf ideas out there. But I have to be honest - I don't have the time or inclination to set up elaborate displays featuring a stuffed elf each and every evening.
And, truth be told, toddlers and preschoolers, especially, don't need the elaborate. Kay was thrilled to find Ella, our own special elf, each morning, whether she was doing something silly, like drawing a picture or climbing the Christmas tree, or merely sitting contentedly looking out the window or sleeping in the dog's bed. (That's what I love about kids - simple is nearly always best!)
Here are 25 ideas for having fun with this tradition - without adding an extra stress to the holiday (because none of us need that!):
What unique places has your elf turned up? (I could always use more ideas!)