Elf on the Shelf, Minecraft Santa

Elf on the shelf with a minecraft santa face

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.

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Elf on the Shelf, Monster Mash-Up

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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.

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Elf on the Shelf, in the Bathroom

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The elves did a number on the boys’ bathroom.  They covered the door with wrapping paper, trimmed the mirror with garland, and added metallic wreaths to the shower curtain.  But the real fun was the toilet! They left messages on the tank and lid written in dry erase marker (which was easy to remove from the porcelain and I wish I could say the same for the toilet seat lid) with a big surprise in the toilet.  They clearly got inspiration from the many elves on Pinterest for this one.

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Elf on the Shelf, CATastrophe!

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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.

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Elf on the Shelf, Minecraft Santa

Elf on the shelf with a minecraft santa face

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.

elf on the shelf hanging off of a door hanger with a minecraft santa face

Elf on the Shelf, UNO!

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Almost late for school!  UNO is a family favorite and the boys could not resist sneaking a couple of hands of UNO in before school, before breakfast even!  The elves showed up with these adorable UNO cards today.  We think they are as cute as can be, every elf needs to bring a set to their family.  These tiny cards are a challenge to shuffle but they are completely playable.

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Year 5, Elf on the Shelf 2015

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.

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Elf on the shelf coloring
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elf on the shelf on black lab

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