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Elf on the Road

Is anyone else bracing for the onslaught of “Elf on the Shelf” photos in their Facebook feeds? I’m all for holiday cheer, but I only have the energy to manufacture one fictional figment per season, and this one belongs to Santa. Still, this year I wanted to put a family travel spin on the Elf buzz. You know we’re always up for a little quirkiness around here, like our Halloween trick photos last year.

So, over the last few months, we’ve taken our still-unnamed Elf off the shelf, and on the road. He’s been to several states, and seen a lot. He tends toward mischief, though.

Elf on the shelf

For a little guy, he’s got a big appetite. At the giant fork in the road in Red Hook, NY. This is Matt’s elf from his childhood. Vintage!

Elf on the shelf

Trying to stow away on the USS Constellation in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Elf on the shelf

Dreaming of being more than just an elf at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.


We checked in with other family travel bloggers to see if they bring their elves along on their trips, and lo and behold, they do! A wise mom and fellow travel blogger, Ann Belle of Travel Turtle, says, “What better way to get kids to behave on road trips than threatening them with Santa’s helper?”

If your Elf has been on the road with you, we would love to see the photos! Post them on our Facebook page, or add them to the #ElfontheRoad streams in Twitter and Instagram. You can also check out the gallery of images from us and the other bloggers on Pinterest.

ALSO, if you’ve posted a photo of your #ElfontheRoad on your own blog, feel free to include the link to your post below so we can all check out where these restless elves have roamed!



  1. Fiona said,
    December 4, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    These are really fun! I can’t wait to see what else he gets up to.

  2. December 5, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    HAHA! I love these photos especially the one holding the fork! Twinkle (our elf) just visited Walt Disney World with us! I’ll have to start using the #ElfontheRoad hashtag so you can find her 😉

  3. Ann said,
    December 5, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    I love your unnamed elf as an astronaut. Thanks for the idea of traveling with the elf, I love it. I need to remember this hashtag, too.

  4. Benjamin said,
    December 12, 2013 @ 5:29 am

    I love the last picture. the little elf smiling in an astronaut’s gear…:)

  5. December 19, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    My best friend from growing up had his wedding in Red Hook last year at The Statue of Liberty warehouse and it was absolutely amazing. Great write up and photos.