Many many ideas on pinterest for Elf on the Shelf, so I made my own and he has started his own adventures already! (He is sitting in my sons room with a coloring book and crayons, waiting to be discovered in the morning!)
First, a letter in my email from Santa saying that the elf was coming to visit us to make a report for him. Then, when the Magic Elf arrived, he had written a note saying that he was sorry for being a bit late. He had gotten lost in the fog that we had for two days straight.