I know, I know…Elf on The Shelf for Teens may sound crazy but it is seriously the BEST!! Have you been thinking that Christmas just doesn’t seem the same now that your kids have out grown Santa? I know that feeling. My two are now 18 and almost 17.
**2021 update…my babies are 21 and 23! I still love that we had this fun tradition.
We still have our favorite holiday traditions such as a movie and steak dinner just the 4 of us on Christmas Eve. I know that might not work for many of you who have family functions then but that’s ok, choose another night during the holiday season to spend time with your immediate family.
Back to Elf on The Shelf. This wasn’t a popular thing when our kids were little so I didn’t have the stress of it. I decided to buy one a couple of years after the belief in Santa had gone. You know that age where they are smart enough to know but sad that they know.
So I bought the Elf on The Shelf to add a little kiddie fun back into our house. As every mom out there, I totally forget to move her from time to time. Yes, our Elf is a girl and her name is Ginger.
The kids read the book when she arrived but obviously they know she’s not really watching them, LOL.
It’s pretty fun for me to come up with new ideas and my daughter especially loves looking for Ginger in the mornings. I have never been into using Santa or anything fictional to get my kids to behave. They were never told that Santa was watching them when they were little so the Elf to me is more fun for my older kids because I would have never used it correctly when they were little.
I decided this year Ginger will arrive today instead of the day after Thanksgiving like years past. It’s my son’s first night home from college for Christmas break so I wanted to make it fun.
Here are some of our Elf on The Shelf for teens display ideas. These were all phone photos I took at night when I set Ginger up so please excuse the darkness. I do similar things as other moms as far as Elf shenanigans but I like to add some surprises with her from time to time.
Things like candy, Starbucks gift cards, and movie tickets are always a big hit.
To stay true to this blog, Ginger is wearing a DIY skirt that my daughter made her.This is a really fun way we found to keep our kids young just a little longer.
Do you love to look at Christmas Home Tours?