Elf Antics….

You might recall my post introducing you to Josh, our Christmas Elf who joined us just before Thanksgiving.  Friday night we recorded the Elf on the Shelf movie which was a 15 minute story when you take out commercials that we have watched about 639 times since it aired at 7:00pm that night.

Our elf is having an identity crisis.  He was named Josh and we even went online and got an adoption certificate for him with his name on it.  About a week after we had him, Ryan informed us that his name was no longer Josh.  It is now George.
After our 347th time of watching the Elf on the Shelf show, our George has now turned to Chippy.  The young boy in the show named his elf Chippy so it was only natural that ours would need a new name.  Poor guy.

Chippy is making his rounds in our house, although it is sometimes tough to remember to move him and keeping his magic alive.  What I mean by that is… Ryan has been a toot.  He has moments of a typical 4 year old that drive me to want to drink but I hope and pray that Chippy will help cure the moment. 

I was explaining to Ryan this weekend that if he did not stop acting this way, then I was going to walk over to Chippy and touch him and take away his magic so that he can’t fly back to see Santa at night which meant he wouldn’t know if Ryan was a good boy or a bad boy. 

If it were me… I’d have been freaking out!! DO NOT TOUCH THE ELF!!! No one wants the Elf to lose its magic!!

Ryan’s response, “Go ahead.. touch it!”….. ‘come on Mommy, TOUCH IT!”

I said No…. and grumbled under my breath ‘darn it’…. It didn’t phase him.  Lil’ toot!

So, Erik took Ryan with him to the store and while he was gone, I decided to make an unexpected change of location to see if Ryan would notice.  It didn’t take him long to realize he was missing from his spot when he got home.  Of course I acted surprised that he moved and my only explanation was that Chippy must have thought your behavior was worth telling Santa ASAP and went and told him, or he wanted to get a better look at you in his new spot!  Ryan was amazed.

So, here are a few other ideas I found that I’m going to try:

Tricky Elf
Use a roll of toilet paper to “TP” your Christmas tree or child’s room and put the empty roll in your elf’s arms.

Snow Angel
Sprinkle flour on the countertop and move your elf’s legs to simulate a snow angel.

Candy OD
Empty a bag of candy (M&Ms perhaps) around your elf and put the empty bag in his arms.

Fun with Friends
Set a scene with the elf hanging out with your child’s favorite stuffed animals. They can play a board game or have a tea party.

Red Nose Hello
Leave a note on the kitchen table in the morning to read from the Elf saying how happy he/she is to be there and that Rudolf sends his love!  (In the night put red on the tip of your child’s nose) Tell them to look in the mirror!  The Elf put it on their nose! 

Wish me luck! If you have an Elf, what ideas have you used?

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dottie said...

Ok this had be cracking up. I can just see my kids saying the same thing "do it". Bahhaha!

I love your ideas! I saw at Target you can get skirts for your Elf, how's that for identity crisis. Our may now be a girl... bahahaha!

We are not getting "creative" until Dec. 1st but the only idea i had so far was the snow angel.

I tagged you in the Pinterest one, haven't looked on that to see what idea's are on there.

Singedwingangel said...

Ok so this whole elf on the shelf thing has me laughing. My mom had elves long before there was a shelf. Seriously I just sent one to Sunday for her kids that is OLDER then me and I will be a whopping 42 on December 8th. I think I am gonna have to take a picture and do a blog post about my elves.. I love your ideas now if I only had kids young enough to still buy into it.. sighs..

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I've seen some ideas on Pinterest, but don't have kiddos, so I didn't save them. One that I remember is to have the elf (Josh, George, or Chippy) "fish" from a bowl of Goldfish.

Jenna said...

I can't wait to do this with Scout!

I love the red nose hello idea. So cute.

I just searched for elf on the shel on pinterest and saw a ton of great ideas! How fun!!

Oh and I saw a tip about it. Set an alarm on your phone each day at the same time to help you remember to move Josh or George or Chippy.. ;)

Connie said...

I can not wait for our elves to show up! They are at the top of their game this year!

Let the Elfcapades begin! On December 1st.

Impulsive Addict said...

Your ideas are PRECIOUS! I've heard and read so much about this elf thing. Maybe next Christmas, I'll look into getting us one. Where do you find him? You're so creative, Janette!

Anonymous said...

Presh!!! And if you need a volunteer to ear those M&Ms, by all means..... ;)

And uhmmm.. Mr. Toot, you betta straighten up, mister!!

Am I Really Grown Up? said...

We also have just gotten an Elf and it works amazing for us. I love watching Annabelle talk to him, telling him she's a good girl, what she wants for Christmas, etc.

She was worried about how he gets in and out of the house. He uses his elf magic to shrink down and go through the key holes:)

Jill said...

Those are some awesome ideas! I so wish I'd got an Elf on the Shelf for my niece and nephew. I think they would have LOVED it!!

Daisy said...

Bahaha! This makes me wish I had kids. I have never heard of this! What fun!

Amanda @ 2LittleBugs said...

We just got our elf last night. We read the book and 'Sparkles' showed up this morning. Pinterest and TONS of cute ideas. Love the tea party and the snow angel ideas and the TPing your christmas tree! lol.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

That's hilarious! Everything! It cracked me up that Ryan wanted the elf to lose his magic. You showed him!

And I'm definitely doing the elf snow angel idea. Can't wait!