Elf on the shelf is one of the very many traditions our family partakes in during the holidays. I mean, who doesn't want to say , "Your elves are watching", and have your kids shape up IMMEDIATELY and listen to you?!?!?! I wish we had a form of these guys to us year round HA. This year, our original elf, Buddy, brought his friend Sparkle to join in on the fun. The kids get so excited to come downstairs everyday and see where the elves are hiding and what they have gotten into the night before. If you want to see more of them dressed up as their two favorite elves, check out this blog post!
I wish I could take all of the credit for most of the scenes, but my husband is the mastermind behind the elves! Our elves make their magical appearance the day after Thanksgiving. (I know, I know, December 1st is the official date!) I let the kids cuddle and snuggle with them until the 31st....and then off to the North
My four year old was "helping" decorate the stair case the night before I had come up with this one. She took all of my extra ribbons and one by one knotted them on every single one of our stair banisters. She did NOT want me to take them down LOL. So I left them, and the elves took them down to use as props. It was a perfect plan!
Hands down the kids get MOST excited when the elves use their toys to create little scenes. This scenes credit goes to daddy. I had forgotten to move the elves and texted him to do so when he got home (LA City Fire Fighter...so he works 24 hour shifts). He surprised ALL of us with this adorable setup! Barbie table and chairs, LOL cups, and a couple of half eaten donut wholes!
The Quarantine Elf. Because it's not quite 2020 without one. I actually thoroughly enjoy creating these little magical scenes....and I think my husband does even MORE! I could not bare the thought of having our elves in quarantine for a set amount of days. Although, it is a great idea if you need to buy yourself some time lol. But, my kids do get irritated with the restrictions the pandemic has on them. So I decided to put a little positive spin on it and "isolate" the elves in lamp shades with little face mask gifts and a note telling the kids to stay safe and hang in there!
Day 6, 7 and 8:
This was a fun one.....and got the BIGGEST reaction out of the kids so far. Pictures speak a thousand words. Those pesky elves. AND in the middle of a pandemic #wortheveryroll
Ok ok...this one got me in a little bit of trouble! So I had an elf on the shelf mom fail....
I overheard Charlee (my 4 year old) tell Mason (my 6 year old) yesterday morning when they had seen the elves had moved the night before, that she touched the elves and they didn't lose their magic. Mason yelled at her and said she couldn't do that but neither of them knew I heard the conversation. So....this morning I set the elves up with medicine and things and wrote a note. First line....
We're not feeling so well, I think someone touched us and we're losing our magic.
Both of the kids jaws dropped. Mason said, "Mom, I did NOT touch those elves!" He hesitated to say, "but I think I know who did." Points to Charlee behind her back so she can't see him. Charlee immediately starts balling her eyes out. Mason started tearing up and asked me if the elves were going to die or stay at the North Pole and never come back. It was a disaster.
Last line on the note said if your extra good today, our magic may come back. We were already in full blown crisis mode for that to happen. Lol Not a good way to start the morning with those two!
Notice the sock sleeping bags, medicine, and thermometer. I even put pink lip gloss on their cheeks to make it look like they were really sick. I honestly thought I was setting myself up to get a couple of REALLY good kids that morning.
Mason is OBSESSED with dinosaurs. I was pretty proud of this one and he was so impressed he had to call grandma and tell her all about it that morning.
The kids play "The Floor is Lava" ALL the time and got a huge kick out of this one! Immediately jumped on the couches as soon as I read the note. Although, I would suggest revealing them closer to the front door....it took us a bit longer to get to school that morning bouncing from object to object.
This one had my husband and kids rolling.....Dinosaurs for Mason, Barbie's for Charlee, it was the perfect scene!
Masons room is a totally decked out Jurassic World. We have netting and vines hanging from his ceilings. He took it upon himself to hang helicopters and all of the different flying dinosaurs as well. So naturally, I had to utilize the decor for a fun elf scene! The note said they took the helicopter to the North Pole that night. I could just see the kids imaginations running wild!
Hubs came up with this one. His family has a tradition of making Worscterbroils (no idea how you spell it, but kind of like pigs in a blanket). They get together about a week before Christmas every year and all make them together....guys and kids too! So the day we were going to do that....the kids and I woke up to this elf scene!
The kids baby cousin came over for dinner the night before and left the high chair behind for the holidays. Those silly elves had to try it out! Eating maple syrup and writing love notes in M&Ms.
Ok this one got some MAJOR stuff done! I told the kids that if they ate all of their vegetable soup (they eat NO veggies) that I would write a letter to the elves that they were extra good. Soooo....as a double wammy, the elves wrote back that they were so proud of them...but if they also slept in their own beds without crawling into mommy or daddys before it was time for school....they would bring them something comfy and cozy. After much success two nights in a row, they brought back matching pajamas!
Barbie bed, them holding the note we wrote them, and a blanket made of kleenex was a big hit with the kids.
The naughty little elves getting into the booze!
Day 20 and 21:
I lumped these two together because they were pretty much the same idea. I have to say, Charlee's favorite was the writing in lipstick on the floor. Spa day, dress up, and makeup with the elves.
This one got a good laugh and was so quick and easy to do!
Toothpaste on the mirror.....sounded like a great idea.....but 10 days later....I still have toothpaste on the mirror LOL Next time I will probably hang a note or piece of paper with the toothpaste on it.
Credit to dad on this one! Christmas Eve = a day of cooking! No idea HOW he comes up with this stuff LOL
The Christmas morning surprise!!!! As we were putting the kids down for bed, we read them the Night Before Christmas and told them we were going downstairs to watch a holiday movie before we went to bed ourselves. Mason replied, "If Santa comes when you are still awake, can you get a picture with him?" So....those little elves tried to catch him for a picture, but were left only with his boots!
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