Both boys love Minecraft so they were tickled to see the elves show up with their version of Santa Minecraft skins. It looks like they found an awesome printable at A Little Moore. It was fine as is but enlarging it a tad before printing on heavy paper made for a great fit over the elf hat.
Occasionally the Elves take it easy. Here are a few of the lower key days with the elves. Monster wiggly eyes. Hiding in the laundry basket, we are guessing for extra protection after a few rough days of being knocked into. They were especially hard to find this day but that in itself is a lot of fun for the boys. And finally just hanging around on the light fixture.
Every now and then someone gets too close to the elves. We’ve had a few human mistakes made but more often than not, it’s the cat. The elves showed up with these nifty drinking straw and paper tube rockets that the boys loved. But then, as I was taking a few photos, Buster decided to become the center of attention. He got close, closer, then too close and knocked poor Henry over. In the end, Henry was about an inch away from a 15 foot drop to the first floor.
We found the elves hanging from the bedroom doors with snowman door-hangers and wearing Minecraft inspired Santa faces. They left evidence on my computer that they found the printable for this at A Little Moore. The elves left a note saying it fit fine as is but they wanted a little more wiggle room so they enlarged it a tad before printing on heavy paper. Later in the day we found the elves standing on their heads with the Santa heads on.
The elves are back! This is our fifth year with elves, known as Elf on the Shelf. Our elves have been known to replicate ideas that other elves have done (I’m certain they browse Pinterest) and they have delighted us with some completely original ideas too. They do a variety of things, as simple as hiding themselves away for a good round of hide and seek and ranging to the downright complicated. They occasionally bring small gifts and treats. Our elves have established a few tried and true traditions. Each year they deliver an advent calendar, an ornament for the tree, they bring us the most delicious hot cocoa mix, and they make a special treat for the morning of Christmas Eve. Over the years there have been a handful of accidental touches and impacts by flying objects that can knock an elf across a room. Our remedy is a sincere apology and a light sprinkle of cinnamon. Check back to see what Ralphie, Henry and Roderick have planned for 2015.
Oh Dear! As I’m getting ready to share the latest and greatest from our elves, I noticed that I never wrapped up 2014. December must have been a doozy around here. Anyhow, here’s the rest of what our elves were up to last year. My favorite of the bunch has to be the craft stick bows and q-tip arrows. I’d say the elves peeked into my Pinterest Board and grabbed this idea from The Brooding Hen. I’m just happy someone is acting on things I pin because I certainly don’t go beyond pinning ideas most of the time.
Our elves have been hiding in more challenging places this year. In fact one morning the boys spent so much time looking for the elves they forgot to open their advent calendars until after school. Amazing! The elves left a note saying they were hiding the first time they were out of sight, that way the boys wouldn’t worry that they had not returned. They have been completely concealed in cabinets and drawers, tucked behind furniture, wedged in crevices. They are illuminated in the photos but while we searched for them they were in shadows and tough to see. My favorite was the day two of the elves hid in the cabinet with cereal bowls, the other was tucked into the flatware drawer. One child yelled in surprise when he found the last one in the drawer. Child two jumped about 6 inches when he reached into the drawer and only saw the elf when he was about to touch it. Elf on the Shelf can be fun and challenging for children of all ages.
Our elves are often sitting out in plain sight. Whether they come bearing gifts or are just sitting around the boys love trying to find them each time they move. Now that the boys are older the elves have been hiding out of sight, but they still spend a bit of time out in the open. Proof that elves do not need to put on elaborate displays every morning to be fun.