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Sunday 8 December 2019

Elf on the Shelf: Week 1

He's baaaack!

Whether you love him or hate him, it's that time of year again when the Elf on the Shelf starts making mischief in homes around the world - including ours!

I've seen a lot of discussion lately about the Elf on the Shelf, and the negative impacts of him being portrayed as Santa's spy; there to encourage good behaviour for the month of December. While I'm a big fan of this fun tradition, our elf, Elfie Pokie Nokie, has never been there to spy on the kids. I personally think that's a little creepy, and also my kids have never really thought he was real. I mean, he's obviously made of plastic and fabric, right? Still, they enjoy finding him every day and seeing the antics that he gets up to. He's more of a Christmas treasure hunt in our home - as well as something to keep my creative juices flowing!

Anyway, whatever you're thoughts on the Elf on the Shelf are, I love sharing what Elfie Pokie Nokie gets up to here on the blog. I know that a lot of us need inspiration for fun elf exploits, so I hope my posts inspire some of you.

Here's a look at what our elf has been up to this past week since he arrived in our home...

Day 1
As usual, Elfie Pokie Nokie arrived in our home along with our advent calendar (which you can read all about here) on December 1st. He made no attempt to hide, although admittedly, he does camouflage nicely with the red and white of the advent calendar!

advent calendar and elf on the shelf

Day 2
Elfie had the kids stumped for a little while at first, but then they spotted him hanging off the side of the fridge among the fridge magnets. Doesn't that mountain lion on the Grand Canyon magnet look like it's eyeing off the Voodoo Doughnut as a tasty snack? Or maybe he's looking at Elfie. Do mountain lions eat elves? I'm not sure I want to find out!

Elf on the Shelf hanging among fridge magnets
Elf on the Shelf hanging among fridge magnets

Day 3
Rainbows and elves go together like magic, so it was no surprise when we found Elfie sitting among the books on our rainbow bookshelf. What was a surprise, however, was the teeny tiny books that we found Elfie reading. These elf sized books are Tiny Books from Social Print Studio. I had them printed with pics from Elfie's past antics in our home. They're magnetic so I usually keep them on our fridge but I guess it was tricky to read while hanging there the day before, so Elfie took them somewhere a little comfier. P.S. Don't books like pretty displayed by color?

Elf on the Shelf and Social Print Studio mini books
Elf on the Shelf and Social Print Studio mini books

Day 4
The kids couldn't find Elfie anywhere on day 4 until it was time to put on jackets and boots to head out to the bus stop. That's when they spotted his legs poking out of Ava's snow boots by the front door. What a smelly place to hide! And also proof that he's not spying on the kids, because I don't think he can see much from in there!

Elf on the Shelf hiding in boots

Day 5
All elves need a break every now and then, and it seems that Elfie needed one quite early in the season. We found him relaxing on day 5 in a flamingo pool float in the bathroom sink! He really needs a mini cocktail in his hand, right? Isn't this mini pool float cute? The kids use it (along with unicorn and palm tree floats) in the hot tub to hold their drinks, but they're just the right size for an elf!

Day 6
My morning coffee plans were thwarted when a little someone decided that they needed an espresso too - and plonked themselves right in the way! Lucky for Elfie I didn't have time for my morning latte before taking the kids to school so I hit up Starbucks instead - and he got to stay put for the rest of the day.

Day 7
Elfie in the jungle! Well, it's not quite a jungle, but we had very few potted plants in Berkeley so the small collection of plants in my office is the most jungle-like place Elfie has ever found himself. He's not very well camouflaged, but it did take the kids a little while to spot him. He will be camouflaged here a little better once Mathilde's red amaryllis flower in the foreground blooms. It's almost there. P.S. I've learned not to use the Australian term "pot plant" here in the US as everyone thinks I mean marijuana when I tell them about my pot plants! Potted plant. Plant in a pot. Plant potted in a pot.

And that's our first week of Elfie Pokie Nokie's adventures this year. I'll be sharing again at the end of each week until Christmas, so stay tuned for more elf fun.

If you need inspiration for your own Elf on the Shelf, make sure to use the search field above or check out these two posts by clicking the pics for a round up...

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