Elf on the Shelf: What Has Pickles Been Up to Lately?


Last year, our kids were excited to have their first Elf on the Shelf.  They quickly named her Pickles, and the fun was underway!  We had fun looking for our Elf every morning and seeing where the elf would show up!

1. Toilet papered the tree.  What a naughty Elf!  The kids got a kick out of this, but at least I can say our Elf didn’t always get into mischief!

Elf on the Shelf

2. Riding a reindeer.

3. Found the Christmas pickle!  Of course this was very fitting that Pickles would find the Christmas Pickle!  If you have a Christmas pickle ornament, this one is a lot of fun!

Elf on the Shelf

4. Hanging from the chandelier way up high.  The kids thought this was awesome and wondered how Pickles managed to get up so high!

Elf on the Shelf

5. Wrote on the mirror with toothpaste.  What a mess to clean up!

Elf on the Shelf

6. Left an occasional sweet treat.  Pickles only brought candy once or twice, as there is an abundance of sweets around the holidays.  And always made sure it was allergy-friendly!

Elf on the Shelf

7. Hanging from underneath the tree.  You would think this was easy enough to find her, but it took a while!

Elf on the Shelf

8. Resting in a soft bed of tissues.  Sometimes busy elves need rest!

Elf on the Shelf

9. Top of the Christmas tree.

Elf on the Shelf

10. Got into the sweets!

Elf on the Shelf

Where do you find your Elf on the Shelf?




By | 2018-12-25T22:31:29+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Christmas|20 Comments

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  1. robin rue November 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Ours doesn’t come back until December 1st – mostly because I am out of ideas. I have to come up with some for this year!

  2. Candy November 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    We never got into the elf on the shelf thing. Guess my kids were to old when it came out. You have done some fun and cute things with pickles

  3. Karen November 26, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I love this so much! Elf on the Shelf is the best thing to happen to Christmas in a long time. I think it furthers the magic for the kids AND the adults. It’s so much fun to see the kids’ reactions to what the “Elf” has been doing all night.

  4. Terri Steffes November 26, 2018 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    We’ve learned to bring him out starting December 1. I am just not that creative enough to do this every day! Especially since I do it for grown ups! Ha!

  5. Alli Smith November 26, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    I gave my grandkids “Elfie” several years ago. This is the year they realized the complete truth about Elfie and now they like to dress him up and play with him from Thanksgiving until Christmas Day. Great ideas!

  6. Sarah Bailey November 26, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I’ve never done elf on the shelf before as I don’t have kids, but I love seeing all the inventive things people come up with! Always amazes me that each year people find new ideas.

  7. Jenn @ EngineerMommy November 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    This reminds me – I need to take out our elf on the shelf. I’m inspired by all the places Pickles has been and what he’s been up to!! My kids love the elf!

  8. Amber Myers November 26, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Mine is far away. She doesn’t come back until December.

    Granted, my kids are older and know the truth. So she basically just sits in the same spot and creeps me out.

  9. Alyssa H November 26, 2018 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Such cute ideas!! I want to try to be more creative with our Elf this year. I looooove the toilet papering the tree idea!! Definitely doing that one.

  10. Ashley November 27, 2018 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Oh boy it looks like your elf has been busy. I bet the kids think it’s hilarious.

  11. Glamamom November 27, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Wow, Pickles sure does get around! I haven’t even dragged mine out yet LOL! Maybe December 1. He’s pretty low-key though, although I did buy him two outfits at Target that the kids will get a kick out of!

  12. Melanie November 27, 2018 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I have never done Elf on the Shelf. It seems like a lot of work, though fun. I have seen some creative ideas for it!

  13. Tabitha Blue November 27, 2018 at 4:04 am - Reply

    You’re so creative with your Elf! We do the lazy parents edition and just move him around the house, but the kids still love it!

  14. Tasheena November 27, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Love your photos! Ours will most likely come out starting December first, it’s such much fun including him in our holidays.

  15. Chubskulit Rose November 27, 2018 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    This is something we’ve never done with the kids. Great ideas where to put the elf though.

  16. Farrah Less November 27, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Aww what a pretty Christmas tree we almost done ours few more decor and we are all set. This elf toy is so cute I have a friend that has the same Elf she loves taking photos of it like everywhere she goes.

  17. Swathi November 28, 2018 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I have putting elf, I need to move around so that kids will have fun. I like your elf and that Christmas pickles.

  18. Bethel November 29, 2018 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I can say you are a very thoughtful mom. That elf is really a cutieee

  19. bohemian babushka November 30, 2018 at 4:52 am - Reply

    Pickles is Perfecta! Glad this elf thing wasn’t around when The Trio were small, BB’s not so imaginative. The poor thing would have been stuck in a pose for weeks. BB2U

  20. bohemian babushka November 30, 2018 at 4:53 am - Reply

    Pickles is Perfecta! Sooo Glad this elf thing wasn’t around when The Trio were small, BB’s not so imaginative. The poor thing would have been stuck in a pose for weeks. BB2U

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