Our Elf Freddie's Crazy Adventures
I'm sharing a few of the pictures I've remembered to take throughout the years of what Freddie has done in our house. We go in between being (sort of) naughty and nice. I know the elves are supposed to look out for good behavior, but the boys get such a kick out of some of the other things he does. Many of these ideas came from Pinterest, and I will share links to their pages. I may have only used one idea, but a lot of them have multiple great examples.
I found mini "Red Solo Cups" at the Dollar Tree and couldn't pass them up. The boys loved that he built a pyramid and even stole an ornament to add to the top.
This was a fun one! I used two candy canes as the base of the beach chair and hot glued some foam craft paper cut to size onto each side. Before I glued it down, I added stripes for a more authentic beach chair look. We happened to have sand we were using for a project, so I spread some of that out. As an added touch, I stole some Barbie sunglasses and a cup for Freddie.
Sometimes, you just need an easy night. This one reminded the boys that Freddie is always watching over him. The light I chose to set him on has a pretty good view of our common areas. The original idea came from MamaCheaps. She also has a great printable calendar to help you.
The elf always has to be caught getting into the Christmas cookies! Freddie was even smart enough to get a glass of milk to go along with his treat.
Here's another time he got caught taking cookies. This is one of my favorites just because his facial expression seems so perfect! (I know that's how it is, it just seemed to work really well in this situation!!)
This one came from Over the Big Moon. Again, she has some other great last minute ideas. The boys were getting so frustrated that they couldn't find Freddie that morning. We finally decided that we HAD to leave for school. When they got in the car, it only took them a few seconds to realize Freddie is watching them EVERYWHERE. I don't think we had any fighting in the car that day!
Every year, Freddie always finds his way to the Nativity Scene. It gives us a chance to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and why we are celebrating. This is a great conversation starter for my little guys. Plus, they always love that he's holding baby Jesus!
Here's another easy one, but I thought you would appreciate it incorporating my vintage decor (and toys!). Paddington came out to play with Freddie, and they're swinging in my vintage potato masher. The potato masher is permanent decor in my kitchen, hanging from under the cabinets. I will share that in another post.
You've gotta love Target's dollar bins at the front of the store! Although, I have noticed that they're not really a dollar anymore. I found these cute little Freddie-sized trees and some battery operated lights there. I believe they were $3 each, but it was so perfect! (That's why I try to save in other areas so that I can splurge every once in awhile, if you call this a splurge!!) Freddie decorated a tree for each of the boys' rooms. They loved it and are impatiently waiting to get them out this year to decorate.
Something as simple as setting up a snowball fight with their toys and marshmallows makes the kids light up!
Last, but not least, we end the Christmas season with a note from Freddie to the boys that sums up what he's seen. It points out great qualities he's noticed and sometimes things the boys might be able to improve upon. They are always interested in hearing what Freddie has to say, because that gives them a clue into the kind of report he is sending to Santa. The most magical part about it, though, is that it's on an antique typewriter only Freddie knows how to work. Even throughout the year, the boys will try to figure out how Freddie made the typewriter work!
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We have so much fun with Freddie, our elf, each year when he visits. The boys are already asking when he's coming this year. We're trying to figure that out. He usually comes right after Thanksgiving, but since it was so early this year, we decided to wait. That means less ideas to come up with! I hope you were inspired by some of our Elf on the Shelf ideas and share some of yours in the comments below. Feel free to link to a post you may have written about the same thing. I will probably use it! Enjoy your elf and the joy your children get out of having him or her visit!!
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