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So we have a family elf. His name is Buddy, and this is his second year visiting us. My daughter has counted down the days since he left, waiting for his return. He gets himself into some crazy hijinks and messes when he’s here. Here’s a look at one week worth of his fun antics.

Buddy’s arrival 11/22/2018 Thanksgiving Day

The book says he arrives on Thanksgiving, at least, that’s what we believed when we read it. So, that’s when he shows up.

I wrestled with the idea of HOW this guy was going to make his debut. So many ideas out there, most of them involving a mailed package, but I didn’t have any of that handy, and needed to do something baby-proofed.

My 1 year old son doesn’t understand that he can’t touch the elf, so I need to keep this month either off the ground or secured. We don’t want Buddy to lose his magic!

Buddy's arrival. Tangled parachute and stuck in our chimney/fireplace!
Buddy’s arrival. Tangled parachute and stuck in our chimney/fireplace!

This look was achieved thanks to a coffee filter and twine. His mobility was provided thanks to the $15 elf kit I installed him with last year.

A welcoming letter from Santa, made by me using the Cricut design space.
A welcoming letter from Santa, made by me using the Cricut design space. 

Of course, with him safely tucked away in the background, it made for such a cute family photo moment. So I gathered some blankets and a book, forced my kids to sit there and stare at the same page for 30 minutes while I complained of my cell phone pics turning out blurry. 

It was worth it for this cute photo though.

My children, reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
My children, reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. 

Day 2 11/23/2018

He can’t just jump into messy situations right off the back, we need to space them out and start off slow. That’s what keeps him from getting boring. 

My daughter requested he play with her toys, so he wouldn’t be lonely. *Aw. 

An acrobatic moment with Barbie, hanging from the kitchen chandelier . Please disregard my weird wall, I use the lower portion for a photo backdrop for my crafts.
An acrobatic moment with Barbie, hanging from the kitchen chandelier. Please disregard my weird wall, I use the lower portion for a photo backdrop for my crafts. 

Day 3 11/24/2018

A school photo, a dry erase marker, and a mischievous little elf.

I had a migraine all day the day before, and my daughter got on my nerves by not listening to me, so I think of this as a passive-aggressive act of rebellion against her, haha. 

Buddy found the dry erase markers. *arm was held up over his face using a clothing pin (that's the white pearl you see there)
Buddy found the dry erase markers. *arm was held up over his face using a clothing pin (that’s the white pearl you see there)

Day 4 11/25/2018

Shopping list. Buddy wants marshmallows, sprinkles, cookies, candy canes, syrup, ice cream, and a ton of other junk foods/candies.
Shopping list. Buddy wants marshmallows, sprinkles, cookies, candy canes, syrup, ice cream, and a ton of other junk foods/candies. 

Buddy sits on top of the toaster oven with a shopping list in hand. My daughter was curious to know why he needed so much candy. I’m still not sure myself, to be honest.  

Day 5 11/26/2018

Candy canes purchased the day before, turned into a hide and seek game before school!
Candy canes purchased the day before, turned into a hide and seek game before school!

Monday morning and the first day of school since the Thanksgiving break started last week. I can only imagine how excited my daughter was to tell her friends about her elf. 

Day 6 11/27/2018

Sitting up on the mail holder by the front door. Super Hero Buddy is ready for action!
Sitting up on the mail holder by the front door. Super Hero Buddy is ready for action!

My brother bought Buddy a superhero costume, so I expect to use it several times this month. The best part of the costume? I can just dress him up and sit him there. He looks cool and doesn’t need a handwritten note or anything else to make it fun. 

Day 7 11/28/2018

Oh No! Buddy was captured!
Oh No! Buddy was captured!

Tonight I was tired and unable to think of anything to do with this elf. Walked into my daughter’s bedroom and saw her robot in the corner. Perfect. With his pincher grasping hands, he can hold Buddy!

So now it looks like our elf was captured, which is totally cool because my daughter thinks Buddy’s magic brought the robot to life to play. 

Now Available, Week two of Elf on the Shelf Hijinks.

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