Our Elf on the Shelf arrived the night before we went on our ski trip over Thanksgiving. However, due to the hectic nature of our departure (5:45am!), no one saw the little guy. Upon returning, Carter spotted Stefan and we've been having fun with him ever since.
A few hiding spots thus far:
If you have children under the age of 10, I highly recommend adopting an elf of your own. It's such a sweet tradition and so much fun. Caroline gave a good friend an elf last year and she loves it. Wishing I had done the same for a few friends, but most people have one now! It's a gift that they will love for years.