Our Elf on the Shelf continues to bring excitement to Connor and Amelia every morning. He is certainly taking full advantage of the Christmas decorations now that there are more up around the house. Some of these have definitely become perennial favorites!
Alfie loves to sit in the jingle bell wreath!
He is a big fan of checking out the advent calendar.
This year Alfie made some super cool snowflakes and even a couple with the Super Hero Templates.
One morning our Elf on the Shelf hid way up high, on the curtain rod with the snowflake garland in the dark dining room. Even Mama couldn’t find him!
I was a little nervous when Alfie started hanging out with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, because I was worried Connor might think his toys come alive at night – which would put him over the edge. But Connor understood that our Elf on the Shelf was just playing with the toys!
Alfie always likes to hide inside the Christmas tree!
He has taken a ride on Rudolph once or twice before too!
The number one reason that we do the Elf on the Shelf in our house, is because the KIDS LOVE HIM! They get out of bed each morning, eager to find him, they can’t wait to show me where he has landed each morning. They love to talk about what Alfie has been doing to their friends. We get to hear all kinds of stories about what other neighborhood elves are up to as well.
There is one Elf on the Shelf activity that we have done every year in our house. Connor has loved it each year and by this year he was asking Alfie when he was going to bring magic seeds! Fortunately Alfie doesn’t give away his time table for these activities…
Each year, Alfie brings a bagful of magic seeds (tic tacs) and a letter giving instructions on how to plant the seeds and some friendly reminders about behaviors. Amazingly Alfie has brought the SAME LETTER with the same friendly reminders THREE years in a row! Connor eat you dinner and Amelia get a good night’s sleep!
This year they grew into candy canes, but red and green candy canes. In fact there were the same number of green and red seeds as there were green and red candy canes. However, Connor did ask why they had wrappers….
Read about previous year’s magic seeds here:
Our first year
Our second year
This year, Alfie, our Elf on the Shelf got a bit of an upgrade! I had seen a few tutorials online before to make your elf’s arms and legs bendable, but mine didn’t see to go quite as others had posted so here is my suggestions!
Elf on the Shelf: Alfie 2.0
Make sure that you have enough time alone with out little eyes sneaking up on you. I ended up doing this at 4 am one morning when I couldn’t sleep, but yet I was almost caught by a wandering 2 year old. Then gather your supplies! I used thread and needle, a seam ripper, bendable craft wire and some wire cutters.
To insert bendable craft wire into your elf on the shelf, generously rip open the hands and feet of your elf. Our Alfie’s limbs are stuffed with tubes of stiff paper and I really needed to see where I was poking the craft wire. I used some plastic covered craft wire I had on hand. I ended up sticking in wire as far as I could go and then trimming it off with wire cutters. I was able to put three lengths of wire into each limb. Basically I was looking to figure out the right amount I needed for the flexibility and hold I was after.
Our elf on the shelf only has openings are his feet, not the back of his knees as referred to in other tutorials.
Once his craft wires are in place. I did quick stitching to close up the openings! He is ready to go!
I also have some Velcro dots to attach to his hands so that he can hold on a bit better, but alone time for secret stitching is hard to come by!
Our Elf on the Shelf arrived the weekend after Thanksgiving. Already he has been quite busy helping us get ready for Christmas!
He arrived via rocket ship! I constructed the rocket-ship out of scrapbook paper after seeing a template at Sweet Paper Trail. It was too adorable not to try!
He also delivered 23 wrapped Christmas and winter books that we tuck away from this very occasion. Apparently we own two copies of the Night before Christmas thus `Alfie wrapped up two together and we had 23 packages. He usually brings a whole box of goodies on December 24th so I am sure one more book won’t be missed!
Next he hid amongst the glass ware in the dining room to check out dinnertime behavior!
During November we had a gratitude tree in the living room. Basically it was a dead tree branch from the yard stuck in a bucket of rocks. The kids and I cut out paper leaves and wrote down things we were grateful for. When Alfie arrived he swapped out the leaves for silvery stars!
While we all know that the Elf on the Shelf can fly, Alfie took Dusty the airplane for a ride around the kitchen. Clearly Alfie did not consider the blog when he landed in a spot that gave a clear shot of the new walls and ceiling – sans crown molding!
Alfie, did get into a bit of mischief as we have seen other Elves on the Shelf do! He got caught up in the slinky! Not to worry – no messes and he was able to escape in time to get back to the North Pole to see Santa.
I am sure Alfie will be up to many more adventures this upcoming week too!