vintage 1950s elf on a shelf retro pixie christmas ornament

I've never had an elf on a shelf but in the age of Pinterest, we all know about them. This little freaky 50s pixie moves around your house at night, getting into mischief and in the morning, the kids get a kick out of finding out what he was doing while they were asleep.

The original elf was made in the 50s and 60s and was a knee-hugging funny little pixie. Some people just set them out to look cute and some parents blamed the elf on a shelf for unwrapped Christmas presents that they forgot to stick under the tree.

vintage 1950s elf on a shelf retro pixie christmas ornament

Then in 2005, the Elf on a Shelf book came out with a story about the retro ornaments.

I never thought I'd be the mom to wait till the kids go to sleep and arrange some silly scene with the elves getting into trouble but when we got our vintage elves from grandma, I set them up in the fridge eating grapes, sitting in a bowl. The kids woke up in the morning and laughed hysterically at the sight and I admit, I was kinda hooked on them, just because they made my kids laugh so much. Some nights our elves are comfy enough where they are and some nights they end up in crazy places, I never put them in messy situations of have them holding a fishing pole over the toilet seat because they're old and that's a disaster waiting to happen.

Elf on a Shelf in our house is more of a hide and seek game and its funny enough to the kids, just seeing them in different places than they were left. You can get lots of great ideas for Elf on a Shelf on Pinterest.

Stay tuned on Thursday for my no-sew pattern and tutorial for making your own retro felt knee hugging elves.

DIY no sew retro elf on a shelf free tutorial and pattern

 Also check out last year's mischievous 1950s pixie ornament tutorial

make 1950s elf christmas ornament tutorial

 What do you think about Elf on a Shelf? Creepy or Cute?