Hi there! It’s the holiday season! And for some of us, it’s also elf season. Do you have elves that visit your home over the holidays? Elves came to our house for several years when my boys were young. It was so fun. Because I loved this tradition so much, I wanted to share it with you. I 100% believe that everyone should start this tradition. That’s why today I am sharing lots of ideas of what Elfcapades your elves can get into this year. So, grab a glass of wine or cup of coffee, sit back and read on. This post is full of ideas and lots of pictures to share. Okay. It’s also a walk down memory lane for me. 🙂
I may have mentioned a time or two that I LOVE the Christmas season. I look forward to decorating our home all year long. When the house is all decked out and glittering from all the lights, I feel so cozy. When my children were younger I also wanted this time of year to be nothing short of magical. And it was. Well, more years ago than I care to divulge I was at a Southern Living at Home party. Do you remember those? Well, as I sat there flipping through their catalog, I spotted a Christmas elf. Like a light bulb going off, all the possibilities became crystal clear in my mind. And a week or two later, our first elf arrived at our house.
Quickly the arrival of the elf each year became a highlight of the season. Mr. LouiseMarie and I had so much fun dreaming up mischief for the elf, Morley, to get into at our house. It was so much fun, that we eventually added an elf for each of our boys ~ for a total of three. Morely, Jack, and Gumdrop would arrive each year and leave notes for our boys. They made clear that they were keeping an eye on the boys and reporting back to Santa. Each night while my boys slept, the elves would undertake some sort of project, a.k.a. a mess in our house.
The boys completely believed in the magic of the elves. After all, mom would never make a mess in the house that she would then have to clean up. We were having so much fun, that friends of the boys began asking about the elves and how they could get one. Eventually, all their friends and cousins were getting elves. (This was before the Elf on the Shelf became popular ~ again.) Even their school got in on the fun. One year the elf had to go to the principal’s office for making a mess in the classroom. It. Was. Magic
Now, Elf on the Shelf seems to be the elf of choice and visiting kids. I wonder where the fun in that is though because the kids can’t touch them. Regardless, elf season is upon us. I know that it can be hard to think up new activities for the elves. Oh how I remember those nights! I admit, sometimes, it felt like a job each night. Just about the time we were exhausted and ready for bed, we’d have to come up with the night’s elfcapade. I know many moms and dads are in that same boat. So, today I am sharing a few ideas along with pics of Elfcapades at my house over the years.
First up, I think every year our elves found our toilet paper. They papered the tree, they hung streamers in the house, they created slides from the upstairs to the floor below. One year they even mummy wrapped our boys while they slept. Oh, how I wish I had taken pictures of all of it; however, it’s hard to snap the pic in the dark. The flash wakes them up.
Another favorite stunt of the elves involved duct tape. They were known to criss-cross door openings so that the boys could not get into or out of a room. It was pretty funny when the boys opened their bedroom door to find they couldn’t get out. The elves had taped them in!
Some nights our elves were not happy with the crackers and water that was left out for them. So, they would help themselves to other food in our kitchen. They generally found some candy canes, candy corn, and syrup or got into the cookies. Other times they made snow angels in flour and sugar because they missed the snow. Sometimes they would deliver treats for the boys to find. Other mornings, my boys would open the refrigerator to find them hiding in there.
Whatever mischief the elves got into during the night, they generally left a note for the boys to find. Often the note would mention something the elf had seen or heard them do. Good or bad news was all reported back to the North Pole.
This night, as you can see, they stacked up all our pots and pans to create an elf tower. One time they unloaded all the kitchen cabinets. I admit, that was a lot of work, but hey, it was a good opportunity to clean them out. 🙂
Each year, our elves would seem to host their own movie party. The boys would find them down among the remote controls, DVD sitting out, and evidence of a lot of snacking. Can you guess what movie they had been watching this night?
Pirates of the Caribbean!
Depending on the year and what new movies were released, they would bring a new movie for us to have a family movie night.
Many nights the elves would simply play with the boys’ toys. We found Lego creations, block towers, pictures drawn and colored, and board games out. We found “trains” snaking through different rooms made of things like every shoe in the house, candy, and the boys’ underwear.
Other activities they did included getting into the wrapping paper and ribbons. One year they brought some stick-on foam letters. They stuck names on packages under the tree and left all the trash on the floor.
They also did a little Christmas decorating of their own. We found paper mustaches stuck on various pictures and decorations around the house. The boys just knew I would be furious about that.
Or, they would stick themselves into our family portrait…
Some of the most fun was on the field trips the elves went on. Imagine your kids hearing you or dad asking who’s been playing with the camera and what are all these pictures. Then the kids seeing that the elves have snuck out at night. We found evidence that they had gone out looking at Christmas lights. One home in the neighborhood had a life-size gingerbread house in their yard. Our elves snuck into it one night! Tree climbing, grocery shopping.. you get the idea.
Another tradition we had each year was a cousins sleepover. Each cousin would come and bring their elf. We would end up with a little elf army that night. They would take the elves out caroling, make cookies with them, watch a Christmas movie. One night when we went out to carol, we found that our cars had been decorated.
One Sunday morning on our way to church we went out and our car wasn’t in the driveway. We found it across the street and two houses over and kind of up on the curb a little. The car was running. The radio was blasting Christmas music. Inside, we found one elf on the pedal, one at the steering wheel, and one controlling the radio. They left a note that they were going to get donuts. The boys could not believe it. They talked about it for several years.
I will leave you with one last fun idea. Our elves made their own zip line from upstairs to the living room down below. They were using a coat hanger to slide along the string. It sure looked like they were having fun!
Well friends, I sure hope that this walk down memory lane for me has given you some ideas of the fun a Christmas elf can be for your family. It is my hope that if you have little ones at home you will consider starting this tradition for your family. While I know that you can find the Elf on the Shelf pretty easily, I really like these elves. Elf Magic elves come in several sizes and you can even add some fun accessories like pajamas for them. Moreover, they even have some fun Elfcapade ideas on their blog. You can find those ideas here.
So, do you have elves? What kind of fun do they have at your house? Share your ideas with us in the comments below. I know lots of parents can use all the help they can get with this. Well friends, that’s it for me. I wish all of you a very beautiful and magical Christmas season.
Until next time~