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15 adorable — yet simple — Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas Eve

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for a big finale on Christmas Eve

The end of December can be a little depressing for a lot of reasons — but saying goodbye to our beloved Elf on the Shelf is definitely the worst.

Give your family's Elf on the Shelf a proper send-off with a big grand finale on Christmas Eve. Your kids will be delighted, and it will make saying "so long 'til next year" a little bit easier.

Here are 15 easy ways to stage your elf on Dec. 24.

1. Cookies for Santa

Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for a big finale on Christmas Eve
Image: Elaina Verhoff/Sheknows

This is it — Christmas Eve — the big day (and night)! When Elf hears Santa's bells, he'll take his final flight of the year back to the North Pole. Here, Elfie is ready for the big guy's arrival with a Christmas cookie and a mug of milk.

More: 16 Family Christmas card photo ideas that will wow your relatives

2. A fluffy farewell

Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for a big finale on Christmas Eve
Image: Elaina Verhoff/Sheknows

What's this? Elfie's waiting at the breakfast table with a sweet goodbye message spelled out in marshmallows!

3. All packed up and ready to go

Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for a big finale on Christmas Eve
Image: Elaina Verhoff/Sheknows

Santa's friendly scout is all packed and ready to go! A tape-covered mint tin with a small pipe cleaner handle makes the perfect Elf-sized suitcase.

4. Delivering Christmas Eve pajamas

Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for a big finale on Christmas Eve
Image: Elaina Verhoff/Sheknows

How thoughtful! Elfie has a brand-new set of Christmas jammies for the kids to wear on Christmas Eve night.

5. Enjoying his last breakfast

Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for a big finale on Christmas Eve
Image: Elaina Verhoff/Sheknows

Elfie loves to help himself to goodies from the kitchen. Here, he enjoys a final breakfast of pint-size pancakes.

6. Hiding out in the stocking

Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for a big finale on Christmas Eve
Image: Elaina Verhoff/Sheknows

It doesn't get any easier than popping your little red friend in a stocking on the mantle. He'll be ready to roll when St. Nick comes a-calling.

Up next: More insanely simple Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas Eve

Originally published November 2015. Updated December 2016.

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