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Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Thanksgiving
You’ve started the Christmas Elf tradition and now you are wondering, when does that funny little red guy return. If it wasn’t on your mind (because most parents hide him deep in the depths of their brain when it isn’t the holiday season), then chances are a little someone has asked the question…
Does the Elf on the Shelf arrive on Thanksgiving?
When Does the Elf on the Shelf Come Back?
The answer is, the Elf on the Shelf returns when you decide. In most homes, the Elf on the Shelf returns on Thanksgiving. In fact, in the Scout Elf on the Shelf book you might have noticed a big turkey feast on the table. However, the best thing about the Elf Christmas tradition, is you get to decide! Some families choose December 1 as a start date for Elf on a Shelf. Others start even earlier than that beginning the first day of November. If you are a mean mom, Elf on a Shelf monthly makes an appearance the last week before Christmas – wink! You might make Santa’s naughty list if you are this late, though.
Elf on the Shelf Return Ideas
Now that you know when Elf on the Shelf returns, you need help with Elf on the Shelf Arrival ideas. I have you covered. Take a look at our dozens of creative ideas for how to welcome Elf Back into your home. Creative ideas can include
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Elf on the Shelf Thanksgiving Ideas
If your Elf on the Shelf returns in November (before or on Thanksgiving), take a look at these 20 Elf on the Shelf Thanksgiving Ideas.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
First, start the day watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade – look for an Elf on the Shelf Parade Elf Balloon!
If your child watches the Thanksgiving Day Parade with Elf on the Shelf, perhaps make your own Elf on the Shelf Parade from Sweet Shoppe Designs.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Elf on the Shelf Arrival Printable
This Year we did something different. A 2020 Elf on the Shelf Thanksgiving Costume complete with a Thanksgiving Face Mask. We also added this Free Elf on the Shelf Printable “Gobble ’til You Wobble!”
Elf on the Shelf Pilgrims
One Thanksgiving Elf on the Shelf idea we did in the past was making him and her Thanksgiving Elf on the Shelf Pilgrims. This was a DIY Pilgrim craft using construction paper. Took minutes. No sewing needed. Tape… tape… tape.
Elf on the Shelf Thanksgiving Table
Another Idea is to Have Elf on the Shelf return in the Thanksgiving Centerpiece. Maybe your kids will notice in the middle of that bite of turkey an Elf on the Shelf in the Thanksgiving centerpiece!
Elf on the Shelf Turkey
A really cute DIY Elf on the Shelf turkey idea is a Thanksgiving Elf on the Shelf Turkey Costume. You have a few ideas. Make your own Elf Turkey Costume with Feathers and Pipe Cleaners. Easy peasy.
Elf on the Shelf Native American
This DIY Native American Elf on the Shelf Thanksgiving Costume completely takes me back to preschool in the 1980s – remember the brown bag vests? Make your own Native American Elf on the Shelf costumes too.
Elf on the Shelf Fall Leaves
Your Elf on a Shelf can make a pile of leaves before jumping in… doesn’t everyone do that on Thanksgiving day? Add it to your Fall Bucket List. Shop miniature fall leaves and pumpkins.
Elf on the Shelf S’mores & Teepee
The first Elf on the Shelf Thanksgiving. How cute is this Elf on the Shelf Native American with a teepee and s’mores campfire. Using a marshmallow, sticks from the yard, constructions paper, felt, and craft sticks, create this Elf on the Shelf s’mores idea in minutes. Just add chocolate and graham crackers.
Elf on the Shelf First Thanksgiving
Have an Elf on the Shelf going away party for the Thanksgiving decorations. Time to pull out the Christmas Decorations and wish all the Thanksgiving decorations a good-bye Elf on the Shelf party. Maybe have all your Christmas boxes ready to unpack and your Thanksgiving decorations sitting on the table to go.
Elf on the Shelf Pumpkin Carving
On Thanksgiving, it’s completely appropriate for Elf on the Shelf to carve a Christmas Tree Pumpkin. Careful with the knife, perhaps put it away after Elf carves a pumpkin.
Elf on the Shelf Candy Corn
Every mischievous Elf on the Shelf idea includes getting into the candy! Elf on the Shelf Dives in the Candy Corn. Yum!
Elf on the Shelf Thanksgiving Feast
If you’re going to feast, make your own Elf on the Shelf miniature food too. Create a miniature Thanksgiving Feast for Elf on the Shelf. No reason he can’t enjoy some turkey too! Make sure he is ready for the big football game later.
Elf on the Shelf Football
Are you ready for some football Watching a Thanksgiving Football Game? Have Elf on the Shelf in a Football Jersey with your family’s favorite team. You can get an Elf on the Shelf football jersey for your fan or print out one using paper and a printer!
Elf on the Shelf Tied Up
Do you know the Publix pilgrims? I love these little salt and paper shaker pilgrims. Looks like the Pilgrim Salt and Pepper Shakers Saw Elf as a threat!
Elf on the Shelf Turkey DIY
Make sure your elf wishes the family Happy Thanksgiving with this Turkey Elf on the Shelf idea. Grab construction paper and make your own DIY Turkey Costume for Elf.
Elf on the Shelf Thankful
Focus on the reason for the season, the Thanksgiving season. Show your child Elf on the Shelf gratitude with a list of things you are thankful for. Elf on the Shelf write leaves of thanks for Thanksgiving.
Elf on the Shelf Cornucopia
Thanksgiving reminds us of a healthy harvest and bounty. Grab the fruit and vegetables and have Elf on the Shelf return in the Thanksgiving Cornucopia Harvest.
Elf on the Shelf Turkey Hunt
Tis turkey hunt requires no weapons and the result is a stuffed turkey without hurting an animal. Elf deserves his own thanksgiving turkey too. Have Elf return with a sign “I’ve got my turkey!”
Elf on a Shelf Pumpkin
In this Elf on the Shelf Thanksgiving Idea, EIf returns as a November Pumpkin. Grab miniature pumpkins.
For many of these Elf on the Shelf ideas, make sure you have an elf that can bend. You can do that easily with our Bendable Elf on the Shelf tutorial.
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What is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas Tradition. The tradition has a book and a elf doll. The book is poetic and in rhyme sharing the purpose of the Elf’s visits. The Elf visits each Thanksgiving. He/She goes and returns from the North Pole each evening. Every morning he can be found in a new location in the house. The Elf has been found in the refrigerator, fishing in the toilet, writing messages on the mirror or hanging from the lights. It is VERY IMPORTANT, the Elf is not touch each evening or his Christmas magic will be lost! Each family is able to name their special elf. The elves return to their home (Santa’s North Pole Work shop) every Christmas Eve. An Elf’s Story can also be found on DVD.
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