Our Elf on the Shelf is named Max and we’ve had him out and about making mischief for a week now! I thought those of you who celebrate this fun tradition (or are planning to) might appreciate seeing some of the things our elf has done so far. For those of you wondering what the deal is with these elves that sit on shelves, the basic premise is this: The elves watch your kids and report to Santa who is naughty and who is nice. Essentially they are Santa’s spies. At night the elves come to life, play around your house, and can be found in a new location every morning. Granted, for some kiddos this tradition might be absolutely terrifying. For my boys, it’s just a fun game of pretend and they LOVE it! And I have to admit that I am loving it so far too! It’s fun coming up with something different for Max to do each day, and it only takes me a few minutes each night to throw together.
Enjoy the pics!
Max making paper snowflake chains for the other toys.
Max feeding Eowyn her food via a backhoe loader.
Max hanging upside down from our light fixture.
Max feeling a bit homesick for the North Pole and riding our reindeer.
Max resting in a tissue box with a tissue pillow. (I looked everywhere for a little teddy bear but couldn’t find one. The tiger was the best I could do. )
Max enjoying the beach on the windowsill at my Mom’s house. Yes, we took him with us for Thanksgiving!
Max looking through a telescope at the horizon.
Max raiding the candy bowl.
Max playing with toilet paper.
Max making a “snow angel” in instant rice.
Max made us breakfast!
Max being mischievous with dry erase markers.
Max playing Heroica with some friends.
I’m looking forward to watching the TV movie tonight with the boys. Some have complained that the Elf on the Shelf is just another example of marketing to children and the over-commercialization of American culture. So be it. All I can say is that it is an absolute delight to hear little giggles each morning as Asher and Zephan discover what shenanigans Max has been up to. My boys are growing up so fast, and I am going to relish every moment that they take joy in something as simple as an elf on the shelf!