Do you Elf on the Shelf? Giveaway!

by Monarch Women's Wellness on December 22, 2011 · 50 comments

Lately we are seeing this little Elf everywhere on Facebook, Pinterest and even the Hampton Roads Show!  Yes, this Elf is all over the place and we find him to be SO irresistible!

Curious to see what this little Elf has been doing around town?  Check out Owen’s antics below.  Amanda McGhee, of Kimberlin Gray Photography is inspiring us all… even those of us with less active elves.  We must admit we love her Facebook posts these days!  See for yourselves the magic this Mom of two is creating!

“During the night, Owen decided to strike up a game of Connect 4 with a friend! (For those who don’t know, the little white furry guy is Ava’s favorite friend, Bobby – who she named at 18 months old and has slept with and favored since she was 1!)”Amanda McGhee

Elf playing connect four!

“This morning, I’m off to welcome home the sailors of the USS Bush who have been serving our country overseas for 7 months,  Apparently, Owen is honoring them. too. in his newest adventure.  We found him this morning sailing the ‘seas’… in the bathtub! =)”

“Tomorrow morning, the children will wake to find that Owen the Elf has raided the craft cabinet… and was hard at work.  Although, the stickers seem to have confused him a bit =)”

“That little rascal Owen is at it again.  In the morning, the kids will find that he’s colored the milk remaining in our jug green to match his scarf and earmuffs.  It’s chilly in the North Pole – and the fridge!!”

Now what fun is all the work if the Elf on the Shelf doesn’t encourage “good” behavior, right? Here is how Owen got down to business.

“Santa has not been getting a good report from Owen the Elf. Let’s see if this letter will help them shape up and get back on the Nice List tomorrow. Hmmmmm….anyone wanna take bets? ;-)” Amanda

Elf gets down to discipline

“Sneak peak of our Elf, Owen’s mischief last night…”
Owen paints their noses red

Amanda caught their reactions on video – so cute!  A small tip from Amanda:  Beware if you try this at home…  make sure you don’t mind their pillows being covered in red face-paint…  and make sure they are in a deep sleep =).

“Wonder what Owen is cooking up for the kids? They’re finding this little bit of fun tomorrow morning…”  You can get some of this fun here at A.Dodson’s.

“The ‘magic seeds’ Owen brought this morning have grown into yummy treats for the kids to find when they wake up!”

Yummy Treats from Owen, Elf on the Shelf

So what do you think about Owen’s little antics?    Amanda has so many more fun ones she has posted but we didn’t want to spill too many of HER beans.  Join her on Facebook and see what fun she is creating!  She is doing much more than plotting and planning Owen’s next late night adventure.

Contest Time!

Now it’s time to win your very own and or second Elf on The Shelf!

Leave your favorite family tradition below in our comments section and one person will be  randomly selected to win your very own Elf on the Shelf, and if you have one already – you could always re-gift it or just add to your collection – we won’t tell =).  A winner will be selected at random at 10AM on Friday, December 23rd.

If you’d like some more Elf on the Shelf  inspiration be sure to check out this Super Mom’s Blog.

Join us on Facebook to find out who won and find out what’s coming next.. we have some exciting things to share!  Our next giveaway is a Nabi – details coming soon.


All images and comments are the work of Amanda McGhee.


{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jamie Hicks December 22, 2011 at 4:30 am

My husband started the tradition of giving us all ugly pj’s on Christmas Eve. We’ve had some doozies. It always makes for funny pictures of us opening presents on Christmas morning. Don’t know where he finds them. 🙂


2 Monarch Women's Wellness December 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Jamie, we love christmas pjs… but ugly ones… now that’s something new we haven’t heard of. How fun and clever! The best part.. your husband shopping for the pjs. We love it!


3 nikki stublen December 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

My husband and i wait until our daughter goes to bed on Christmas eve to wrap her presents for Christmas morning. we crack open some wine and spend a couple quality hours connecting and laughing after having so little time together getting ready for the holidays.


4 Monarch Women's Wellness December 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Great reminder to take a few hours to spend “quality” time with each other… It seems during the holidays we are busier than ever and sadly our spouses and significant others are the ones that get the “left overs”. Great idea!


5 Missy D. December 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

We have so many traditions that we hold close and are trying to make even more special for my 2yr old. We do Advent on the Sunday’s leading up to Christmas, we have a Christmas Eve Party that my entire side of the family attends, on Christmas day we spend the morning/afternoon with each other eating a Christmas brunch and opening gifts, then on Christmas evening we go to my mother-in-laws for dinner.

A tradition that my little family has started is collecting a nutcracker each year that reflects something that happened in our family that year. The last 2 years (and this one) have been very tight financially, my husband was unemployed for 16months, so we are still in the hole financially from getting through that. So our nutcrackers from those years are very plain as opposed to our more decorative ones from the prior years. However, they serve as a reminder to us of all we accomplished and how we learned to live on so little.

Thank you for this giveaway and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!


6 Monarch Women's Wellness December 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Wow! Great story……the nutcrackers must mean the world to you and your family!


7 Monarch Women's Wellness December 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Missy you are our winner!!!! Congratulations!


8 Becca P. December 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

We put up little activities on our advent Christmas tree and our children take one off each day. They love the things we get to do!! As soon as my son gets up he heads right to the tree!


9 Caitlin Orsborne December 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

A few years ago we started having a Christmas eve potluck at our house. The same people come every year with one additions here or there. We have a great time eating good food and catching up with friends and family.


10 Julia A December 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Our family tradition is making Christmas cookies – my Mom and I must make 100 dozen each year and we bring them to the local fire station and police station (we also give some to friends and family). I would love to get The Elf on the Shelf to start with my son next year when he is 3, I think it is a cute tradition!


11 allison December 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm

LOVE Owen’s antics!!! While we’ve never owned an “Elf on the Shelf” (but would love to), we’ve used our giant felt Christmas tree calendar as a way of measuring good behavior. If we have at least a good day, then a small gift is placed in a pocket the next day. Not so good, then no present. Luckily we give more presents than not!


12 Rachel December 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

My parents started this tradition when I was little and I continue it now with my daughter. One special present is always hidden inside of our tree and is always one of the most fun to find and open on Christmas morning.


13 Sandra December 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

We’re excited to start elf on the shelf with our son when he gets a little older but right now our traditions include going for a drive to see the light displays in various neighborhoods, putting up the ornaments we’ve collected from our travels around the country/world, opening one present on christmas eve and obviously, baking lots of christmas goodies to share. Thanks for doing this giveaway! What a great idea 🙂


14 Monarch Women's Wellness December 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

You are very welcome, Sandra! We are having so much fun reading everyone’s family traditions. It is always great to share ideas!


15 Maria P. Boyd December 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Our christmas tradition when we were children involved going to each family’s house on Christmas Eve singing songs. Then the adults would give the children cookies and we’d go see the nativity scenes at different churches.


16 Chinell December 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

My two favorite traditions are:
1. Each year we go to the ornament kiosk in the mall and we (my family) picks out a new ornament every year, we get our name and the year. It’s been great to see how my sons “taste” has changed since he started picking out his own ornaments! 🙂
2. Every Christmas Eve, we get to open one gift…. New Pjs! We all get so excited to open and see which pjs we get for that year! 🙂


17 tammi shultz December 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

OMGOSH, how cute and how did I not know about Owen when my son was growing up,He is now 22,but it’s NEVER too late to start a Tradition,looks like Mommy has to find an OWEN ELF for next year!!!!


18 R. Garner December 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

We love to host a cookie exchange every year with an ugly ornament enchange or ugly sweater contest 🙂
Some times we will do a white elephant gift exchange-the best/worst gift ever was a toilet brush and cleaner, came in handy our next PCS when we did not haev to buy a new one lol
Thanks for the give away!


19 Laura Sprouse December 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Although our daughters are still very young we are trying to teach them about giving vs receiving. So every year we usually pick 2-3 families and we take our kids and we go Christmas shopping (it is usually presents for the kids) and then usually a couple of days before my husband and I take the kids and we go deliver them to the families. My husband and I also try and find a family that is struggling. and we usually give money ominously. Seeing the kids faces light up just bring such happiness and our daughter loves giving them to them. On Christmas day we spend time with our families playing Christmas music, opening presents and then we have a big family dinner. I hope to add to our traditions as our kids get older. Next year we are going to start having our kids make their own ornaments.


20 Monarch Women's Wellness December 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

What a special, life-long lesson you are teaching your children! Awesome!


21 Lisa G. December 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

We always put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Each child gets a box with their ornaments to help decorate the tree. On Christmas morning they each find a new ornament in their stocking representing something that represents that year for them (usually just something they like such as Lego Star Wars or Cinderella) and we try to put the year on it somewhere with a sharpie for future reference.


22 Maria Malaveci December 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm

We would love an Elf on a Shelf. I just heard about this wonderful tradition today, and couldn’t believe that I had never heard of it….

Our favorite family Christmas tradition is making Greek Christmas cookies with my mother and my son & daughter.

Thanks so very much for the giveaway!


23 Mandy December 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm

coming up with a special hand made gift each year for someone is our family tradition, it isnt the same people each year but someone always gets a special heartfelt gift.


24 Brandi December 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Our favorite tradition is exchanging a new ornament every year. We wrap them up and put them out on Thanksgiving, and we open them the following weekend when we get our tree.


25 Tracy Sharon December 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

My family opens one present on Christmas Eve, and then we snuggle in to watch a Christmas movie with lots of blankets and hot chocolate!


26 Monarch Women's Wellness December 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Those are the moments everyone in your family will NEVER forget……precious!


27 Valerie December 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I love reading about everyone else’s traditions. With four children, I’m learning that traditions that worked for my family growing up don’t always work for me, so I’m continually trying new things. I’d like to try the Elf! But my favorite tradition that will never end is decorating the Christmas tree. I have a ton of ornaments and can remember where most of them came from. I hope I always remember the stories behind them!


28 Monarch Women's Wellness December 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

So true, Valerie! Being flexible as a parent is the best way to be! Four Kids… have your hands full! I bet Christmas morning is a HOOT at your house 🙂


29 Nichole Layman December 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Our favorite family tradition is one that was carried down from my family as a child. The kids wake up super early, go down and raid through their stocking and then come wake up mom and dad ~ we open our presents and then I make delicious monkey bread for us to feast over!
Something else we have had fun doing is a tradition that my best friend and I growing up did as kids. It is called the Christmas Tree scavenger hunt. We compile a list of ornaments on the tree and the two kids stand side by side and the first one to locate that particular ornament on the tree gets the point ~ it is a lot of fun, and sometimes violent 😉
Have a Merry Christmas, and many Blessings!!!


30 Monarch Women's Wellness December 23, 2011 at 4:22 am

Niki, LOVE the Christmas Tree scavenger hunt! What a great idea! This is something we will have to try. Is there a prize at the end?


31 christina brown December 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Our family traditions is me and the kids bake and decorate cookies the friday before christmas, then christmas eve my husband makes dinner, then we go to my parents house
to open presents and head to church with them, when we get home the kids get to open one gift fom us, then Daddy cuddles up with the 3 kids and reads the night before christmas,
them we tuck them into bed. While we wait for them to fall fast to sleep, me and my husband cuddle up on the couch and listen to christmas music. (christmas day is my birthday, so this is my relaxing before festivies start, lol) then we get up extra early we open presents, go across the street to my husbands parents, then around 3pm we go to his grandparents house (he has been doing this since he was an infant) to be with the rest of the family. We would love add an elve to the family traditions, Happy holidays!!


32 Monarch Women's Wellness December 23, 2011 at 4:20 am

Christina, do you blow out candles for your birthday? What’s it like to have your birthday on Christmas? You “qualify” for the annual 1/2 birthday celebration =).


33 Cara December 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Our family tradition is to make homemade cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate a day before Christmas so that we have them for breakfast on Christmas morning. The kids love helping out with that project!


34 Monarch Women's Wellness December 23, 2011 at 4:16 am

Cara, please share your cinnamon roll recipe. We’d love to give it a try.


35 Sara December 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

We’ve started a new tradition for our 20 month old. Each year we want to buy him an ornament that is a symbol for what he likes at that point in his life. Last year was easy: Baby’s First Christmas. This year, we asked ourselves “What are his favorite things?” We each said, at the same time, “Dogs and trucks.” We looked at many stores to find something with this combination, thinking we might find a fire truck with a dalmatian or something, but no such luck. I finally googled “Christmas ornament dog and truck” and found a red truck ornament, complete with a dog and Christmas tree in the back, by Ducks Unlimited. Perfect! I didn’t even mind paying the $8 shipping. : ) Our little guy is very excited to see his ornament every day.


36 Monarch Women's Wellness December 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Google is such a “life-saver” 🙂 Dogs and Trucks! He sounds like a true boy……so cute!


37 Michael Voulelis December 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I would love to win this for my niece and nephew….. they would adore this.

I would have to say that our favorite family tradition is the cutting of our Greek Vasilopita – Greek bread with the coin in it for good luck all year!


38 Jeffrey W. December 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

My favorite christmas tradition is sitting around watching holiday classics with family.


39 amanda brinkley December 23, 2011 at 12:40 am

we have always since i was little went with are grandparents too shop with a cop we pick a family that couldnt afford much and my grandma would take them to the food side of walmart and get them food and we always took the kids to the toys shoes and clothes section to get them anything they want!!!! it was always soo fun to see there smiles on there faces! One year we even rented a uhaul truck and bought tons of bikes and drop them off to a local police department to donate!!


40 amanda brinkley December 23, 2011 at 2:34 am

ohh ps Merry Christmas!


41 Tara December 23, 2011 at 4:09 am

One of my favorite traditions with my family is to ride around our neighborhood looking at decorated houses! We load up into the car wearing our pj’s and blankies. We drink hot cocoa in thermos and munch on cookies! Christmas music is also a must!


42 Monarch Women's Wellness December 23, 2011 at 4:13 am

Tara, the pjs and hot cocoa are such a great touch! We will have to “add” this to our ride around town looking at Christmas lights.


43 Nikki December 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the gingerbread houses with the kids! It is so much fun and I love to see all their little creations, of course they don’t ever last to long!!
Another is waiting until Christmas Eve to wrap all the presents! My husband and I stay up and wrap together while we watch The Christmas Story!!


44 Nicole Hayden December 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is spending Christmas eve with my stepson and Christmas day with my daughter. My husband and I get his son on 12/23 and then we wake up 12/24 for Christmas with him. Then on 12/25 we get to do it all over again with my daughter. It is nice to be able to spend quality time with each of them and it teaches my daughter patience and humbleness while she watches her brother open gifts 🙂


45 Anna Voulelis December 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I would love to win the Elf on the Shelf for my grandkids!

My favorite Christmas tradition is making our traditional Greek Koulourakia cookies with my grandkids. We make dozens of cookies and they never last long. They are gone by the New Year!


46 Heidi December 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Our family traditions have centered around celebrating on Christmas Eve – it’s magical, going to church, then coming home with all of our favorite snacks, celebrating, spending time together. This is what the kids all remember, and makes sure we don’t change it one bit !!
As the kids are older, they are making sure to keep the traditions, and pass it down to our little grandson!


47 Sonya December 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I am from Australia, and have never seen Elf on the Shelf until this year. I <3 it! Back in Australia, it is hot at Christmas time (opposite seasons) and we would swim in our Grandma's pool and eat cold food (like prawns – aka shrimp). Our tradition was this – mum and dad would put all our presents in to a Christmas pillow case, and staple the top together so we couldn't see the gifts. We'd race in to the room at first light and try to peek between the staples to see what was in the bag. I miss warm Christmas's, but dream of white ones!


48 Teaira December 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm

My favorite family tradition is every Christmas Eve we got to open one gift. That gift was ALWAYS our Christmas pajamas. We had to wear them that night for Christmas morning. As a little girl, I thought everyone had the same tradition and I know now that isn’t the case. Since I met my fiancé and discovered that his family didn’t have Christmas Pajama’s tradition (mainly because they are all men), we started a tradition of giving fuzzy PJ pants to all the men in his family. At first my fiancé, said that NO one was going to like them or even wear them. Now when we ask…..”What do you want/need for Christmas?” we get the same response……”Some of those PJ pants like you got me last year”. I love the fuzzy pj’s, but I never thought grown men would love them too. This week should be recognized as “wear your Christmas Pajamas week”. Then you could wear your Pj’s everywhere…and wouldn’t be the only one out shopping comfortably….the men too.


49 Elizabeth Holsted December 2, 2012 at 12:05 am

My husband and I are expecting our first little one this February! We have many traditions that we can’t wait to carry on in our own home with her from when we were little, including decorating Christmas cookies and making raindeer dust and sprinkling it in the yard on Christmas eve! Our favorite though, is reading the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth together and taking time from the holiday craziness to remember why we celebrate this season. We would love to add the Elf on the Shelf to our list of favorite Christmas traditions for our sweet baby Eden for next year! Thanks for the opportunity!


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