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Elf on the Shelf While on Vacation

What to do with your Elf on the Shelf when you're away on vacation! Such a cute idea! #Christmas #ElfontheShelf

I mentioned yesterday that we just returned from a week long vacation to Florida.  The night before we left for our trip, our Elf on the Shelf, Charlotte, made her grand entrance.  (I wanted to name her Penelope, but as we are currently reading Charlotte’s Web, you can see that I lost that battle.)  She showed up at the top of our (undecorated) Christmas tree the morning we were to leave.  When we left, I made sure I was the last one to leave the house and I wrapped the tree in toilet paper and sat Charlotte on the table beside it holding an empty roll so she would be ready to go when we got back.

The night before Charlotte made her debut, I took pictures of her in a different place in the house for every morning that we would be away on our vacation.  I took one of her making a “snow angel” out of powdered sugar, watching TV while holding the remote, eating a bowl of Christmas M&M’s, playing UNO with a dolly, and drinking maple syrup from a straw. 

What to do with your Elf on the Shelf when you're away on vacation! Such a cute idea! #Christmas #ElfontheShelfDuring our roughly 1200 mile trip, I used Social Print Studio to have my pictures printed.  I’ve used Printstagram in the past to make a really awesome collage with my Instagram photos, but this time I needed to print tiny photos… as in Elf sized.  You can print a set of 48 mini square 2×2 pictures for $15.  There’s an app for your iPhone which makes it even easier to order your prints.  Fixed price $6 shipping no matter how many prints you order, and most deliveries arrive in less than 7 days.  My prints were ready and waiting for me when we got home.  

What to do with your Elf on the Shelf when you're away on vacation! Such a cute idea! #Christmas #ElfontheShelf

I used some festive twine and paper straws to create a little display on the mantel.  Isabella loved seeing what Charlotte was up to while we were away and thought it was so funny that she continued to “move” while we were gone.  I didn’t Instagram these pics prior to doing this because I didn’t want Bella to accidentally see it, but with the Social Print app you can upload from Instagram or your phone, so just be sure to take the photos in “square” mode.  I’m sure you can print & cut them yourself, but seriously it was so easy this way, and they are so well made.  I printed off 40 of my Instagram favorites to complete the order, and plan on wrapping them from Santa; this way I wouldn’t have to worry about Bella seeing me with them.  I made a big deal to mention that I thought the “mini pictures” were so cute so she will think that Charlotte told Santa I wanted some. 

What do you with your Elf when you go on vacation?  Does he or she stay in the same spot?





Sunday 13th of November 2016

While we were in Disney for 4 days, our elves came too! I packed a mini tree, lights, bulbs, and elves in my luggage. I also took small stuffed Disney characters, Disney Santa hat/headband, and trading pins. After they fell asleep, I decorated our room and had the elves sitting by the tree. They moved around the room each night either leaving gifts or playing with merchandise the kids got while in the parks!

The morning we were leaving, they were laying inside one of the bags I had already packed, with a not asking to fly home with us, Disney exhausted them. We packed the decorations the elves brought, and the kids got to set the mini tree up at home for the elves to enjoy.

The two weeks leading up to Christmas, the kids started filling under the tree with "gifts" they made for the elves.

Emily Grace

Sunday 13th of November 2016

That's a great idea!

Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

Wednesday 11th of December 2013

Too freakin cute!!! I've gotta say though, that first picture threw me. It wasn't snow angels that came to mind but a crime scene - chalk outline around a dead body. Thought maybe she suffocated in her box on the way to your house. ;)

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