What's your elf up to today?

(43 Posts)
MotherGirth Sun 01-Dec-13 08:40:39

Ours is waiting out in the porch to be discovered, having been delivered overnight. We'll watch An Elf's Story again and name him, then tonight he might try to climb onto DD's advent calendar, only to be caught in the act of pinching number 2 in the morning smile. Wonder how long before this becomes a pain?!

DoNotDisturb Sun 01-Dec-13 08:42:24

Ours was trying to eat number one in the advent calendar ha ha.

BankerMommy2010 Sun 01-Dec-13 09:12:27

Ours arrived last night in his box... the same as it does in the dvd... This morning he is chilling in a plant pot in the kitchen.... not sure I can be bothered with all the mischief stuff he just hides around our house keeping watch x

wonderingsoul Sun 01-Dec-13 09:25:59

ourr, named Jam arrived in the tree with a letter and christmas duvets, ds1 is sure he winked at him when he took a picture of him.

were off rugby training in a bit so when we get back he may be re aranged some where else grin

MPB Sun 01-Dec-13 09:28:02

Love this idea, but have I left it too late? Does he have to arrive on the 1st?

Dontlookbehindyou Sun 01-Dec-13 09:55:49

I've not managed to get one yet, hopefully ds doesn't realise it was supposed to be here already. He's only 2.5 though so I think I'll get away with it!
Ds has a wooden calendar so when it comes it'll be tryin to steal his choc coins. I don't think we will do the "you can't touch the elf or it'll die!!!" Thing he's going to touch it there's not much I can do to stop that happening, might get it to play Dhs ps4, we're all banned from touching it on pain of death, ds points at it and says "no! No me touch!" Naughty elf lol

schilke Sun 01-Dec-13 10:20:16

Can arrive any time. This year ours arrived today, but last year arrived about the 7th.

MPB Sun 01-Dec-13 10:32:52

Thanks smile
Was going to leave it, however, the might be DS1s last year of believing as he's 8.

schilke Sun 01-Dec-13 10:35:27

Just had elf disaster sad Dd2 switched on the computer and saw my typed out letter from Santa. She asked if I'd done it. I suggested elf had typed it out on our computer. She looked dubious!!

cravingcake Sun 01-Dec-13 11:13:10

Our elf will be arriving later this afternoon once DH goes into the loft as i'm 32 weeks pregnant and not able to fit

He will appear after we've been for a walk with advent calendar, pj's and surrounded by glitter. DS is only 2 so doesnt really get it, but i'll have fun tchsmile

cleas Sun 01-Dec-13 11:17:50

Have never done the elf thing before but this year have bought a special 'magic elf door' and we've been waiting for him to turn up! Will make an appearance this evening I think grin
It's been so cute watching dd listen at the door.

MotherGirth Sun 01-Dec-13 11:36:37

Hmph. DD (3.9) has pointed out that elf has got labels on his back and a hard face, so he must be a toy. She's refusing to name him at the moment. I think she might be a bit freaked out by him.

Guitargirl Sun 01-Dec-13 21:13:22

Our Elf arrived this morning with the advent calendars and he also put a Christmas duvet and pillows on the DCs beds. They were more surprised by that than anything. He also spelt out 'I'm back' in green and red M&Ms on a plate. DS kept looking at the Elf sitting on his spot on the shelf and saying 'thank you' to him tchgrin

Now the DCs are asleep and the Elf has moved to sit on his own bike complete with helmet (dolls bike bought on ebay for 99p) next to the DCs bikes. Looking forward to the morning!

callmekitten Sun 01-Dec-13 21:44:26

Your elf can come at any time. Ours always comes with St. Nick on the 6th. cuts down on the number of days you have to come up with ideas She's here long enough to be fun but not so long that it becomes a chore.

MrsClauswearsspanx Sun 01-Dec-13 21:46:09

Can't wait to start this with the DCs...our elf is en route from America so we're starting a few days late!

ItStillLooksLikeRainDear Sun 01-Dec-13 21:49:53

Our elf has been sent back to the North Pole sad as DS was scared of him. He went upstairs when he found him in the fire place (bearing gifts of an advent calendar & Christmas fleecy blanket) & refused to come down until he'd gone.

Even though elf has gone back to help Santa he won't entertain his blanket but did munch chocolate number 1 from his calendar! tchgrin

PenguinBear Sun 01-Dec-13 21:55:38

What is this ELF stuff you speak of??!

MrsClauswearsspanx Sun 01-Dec-13 21:58:05

Oh dear itstilllooks! Maybe give it another year?

MrsClauswearsspanx Sun 01-Dec-13 21:58:50

Penguin google "Elf on the Shelf"

snowgirl1 Sun 01-Dec-13 22:07:19

Our elf arrived outside the front door with a little suitcase containing a letter from Father Christmas and brought the advent calendar. DD didn't really have a clue what was going on (she's 2 just after Xmas) but did like the little tree ornament in the advent calendar.

pigleychez Sun 01-Dec-13 22:19:59

Very envious hearing about your elves. We move house on Friday so Elf will appear next weekend instead. Cant be doing with packing and worrying about a rogue elf! smile

Looking forward to the new hiding places and antics he can do in the new house. The girls did question where he was today as he usually comes with the advent calendars. Bad mummy didnt realise that id packed the Lego advent calendar with the christmas presents that have already been taken to my parents for safe keeping! Oops! blush

ItStillLooksLikeRainDear Sun 01-Dec-13 22:41:31

Sadly our poor elf took an early exit last year too, although he lasted more than this year!!! Thought our DS (almost 4) would enjoy it as we watched the elf story DVD & talked about the possibility of our elf returning this year & he seemed excited about it.

DH says I've scarred him for life sad

Taffeta Sun 01-Dec-13 22:50:10

Elf arrived this morning with advent calendar. DD (7)has been cuddling him the entire day. She paired him off with a doll of hers and was playing them some songs and caterwauling singing along to them. She took him to bed tonight and I had a slight panic once she was asleep I couldn't find him, she'd snuggled him up next to a teddy in a dolls bed, phew.

He is now located above the kitchen doors, woven into some fairy lights.

Marking my place. We don't do elf but I love reading these threads!

nilbyname Sun 01-Dec-13 22:55:15

Our elf arrive this morning with the advent calendar and a goodie bag for each of my kids.

Tonigh he is sat on top of a jar of Nutella with hobo late on his upper lip and some play mobile cutlery.

I love trixie, our elf.

MulledWineGless Sun 01-Dec-13 22:56:08

Freddie aka Elf arrived this morning and is now on the bathroom sink with shaving gel everywhere.
I'm finding this even more hilarious as I'm
On earlies tomorrow so DH will have to clean the sink!
He is despairing of me tbh. I told him to come up with some ideas himself

MissLurkalot Sun 01-Dec-13 23:44:39

My nearly 9 yr old dd was so happy to see her elf, bought from ikea, called Petal.
She wrote her a letter to say thankyou for the advent calendars... And asked for her to show her 'real' magic .. So I found a little card and disguised my writing saying 'thank you for believing in me' and left a little bag of magic fairy dust.
I'm unbelievably delighted she believes still.. x

2anddone Sun 01-Dec-13 23:57:31

Jolly returned today bearing Lego and playmobil advent calendars. Dc were very excited as I had told them I wasn't buying expensive calendars this year. Jolly is now sitting on top of my Christmas ornament holder as it is currently empty dc will have a fit as its the one decoration they are not allowed to touch wink

littleoaktree Mon 02-Dec-13 00:07:00

Elf arrived in the fireplace this morning, ds1 (4.7) was so excited and made up his own story of how the elf had stolen the sleigh to fly here grin, he remembered him from last year which I was surprised by. He's taken him everywhere today. Ds2 (19mths) is as expected uninterested.

Tonight he's strewn ds1's games kit over the floor and gone to sleep wrapped in the fleece in his games bag.

I didn't get the official elf as thought he looked a bit creepy and don't do the proper story as wasn't sure about the spying/not touching.

enjolraslove Mon 02-Dec-13 08:05:00

Colin (dd's choice!) arrived yesterday complete with blankets, Arthur christmas and some choc. He was with us all day as we had quite a Christmassy day and is now sitting on a shelf with a mini white board and a message to say thanks for a nice day and hi from Santa. Arthur christmas was a pleasant surprise - we all really enjoyed it!

I'm collecting ideas at the moment, we'll do this next year as dc too young this year to understand.

The Imagination Tree is publishing what their elves get up to each day - on Facebook and their blog

theimaginationtree.com/2013/11/alternative-elf-on-shelf-tradition-kindness-elf.html

Crutchlow35 Mon 02-Dec-13 13:34:49

Adam arrived yesterday with a gift to open (bath toy) and lego advent calendar with a letter which I do myself as we don't follow the original story - DS really freaked at the thought of being watched.

Anyway, Adam is now lying in the middle of the livingroom floor with several other toys having had a party last night. Thing is that was OK this morning but I don't know what to do when we get back from work/school until DS goes to bed! I might do a quick letter from Santa to say Adam couldn't get back up to the shelf so could I move him. God this gets difficult!

We have 3 elves (one each!) and they arrived a day late so they had an 'accident' on the way so turned up with a sling/scar/plaster cast each.

It's alright though Santa has sent a letter to say they need extra care as they've been in the wars.

DS2 is a bit suspicious of them, ds1 and 3 love them, I'm planning on rigging up a harness for them to 'mountain climb' the stairs tonight.

(Ours are IKEA ones too, I made them different with a few minutes sewing, some buttons/bells and fabric, grin)

Taffeta Mon 02-Dec-13 14:54:32

Titsalina, your accident prone elves have given me a brilliant idea! Our elf had an arm that is hanging by a thread. I think I might sling it up tonight, and then maybe he can get a visit from his cousins - the shoemakers elves - the following night, and get stitched up.

Any ideas as to how I can illustrate this for DD with the elf? She ADORES the Elves and the Shoemaker, it's her favourite story.

Huffpot Mon 02-Dec-13 15:08:59

Our elf arrived in the fireplace today with the advent calendars and a nativity story for DS' s while they were at nursery this morning.
They were thrilled to see him. We got him from Ruby Range and he gets up to terrible mischief of a night.
Not sure what he'll get up to tonight yet...

cravingcake Mon 02-Dec-13 17:20:22

taffeta you could leave the book open on an appropriate page and sprinkle glitter around it, like your elf gave them magic to come to life.

Taffeta Mon 02-Dec-13 18:31:57

Oooooi that's fab! Thank you! thanks

JillJ72 Mon 02-Dec-13 20:09:01

We have Rudi, Rudolph's naughty cousin. He's a reindeer hand puppet.

Yesterday DS found "Hunt for Rudi" signs and then a note of introduction. He eventually found Rudi in the fridge. Overnight Rudi was naughty - he drew reindeer faces on the mirrors in the hall, bathroom and loo.

By day Rudi lives on the side table so he can rest before his next escapade...

Tonight Rudi will be getting himself reindeer breakfast and making a bit of a mess of it all.....

DS is 12. He's playing along fgrin

mummratheevertired Mon 02-Dec-13 20:19:49

DS is only 2.3 so doesnt really get it but thought we'd get him an elf as it'll be fun to do things overnight.

We have a girl elf and boy elf; for his baby sister too. He enjoyed having his advent calander but when he woke up this morning and found that the elves had made a tower out duplo he burst into tears. Bless. Will give it one more go tonight but may have to ask the elves to give up this year!

DrinkFromSantasFountain Tue 03-Dec-13 10:58:06

Ds came downstairs this morning to find the elf had arrived, he was sliding down the bannister, I told ds an abridged version of the story and then he saw what the elf had done, the elf brought the decorations and put them all up.
I think he would've been more excited if he hadn't been up all night vomiting.
Going to have a sad quiet day and attempt something extravagant overnight with it.

Guitargirl Tue 03-Dec-13 11:36:13

Last night our Elf decorated the doll's house with tiny Christmas decorations (from ebay) - DD was enchanted, DS a bit confused...

Lucylouby Tue 03-Dec-13 14:46:55

Our elf is going to arrive tonight, ready to be found in the morning. I'm thinking he might have been dropped down the chimney and be found on the wrong side of the fire guard trying to escape, having made a mess with the ash in the if pit. Does that sound ok? I'm wondering if there should be a note to explain, but we don't have a printer and I think 7year old dc would recognise my writing. I should have been more organised and got a friend to do it for me. I can probably blag it, I have quite a good imagination at making up stories for the children to believe in.

snowgirl1 Tue 03-Dec-13 15:57:25

Our elf has climbed into DDs cot and tucked himself in under a Christmas fleece that he's brought her.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now