Elf On The Shelf: 2016 Edition Part 2

Yep we’re still going. Even Mr Proper Fud is getting involved, he’s delighted with himself when he comes up with a good Elf idea. The boys are getting dressed really quickly and thundering down the stairs to see what he’s at each morning. So let’s catch up shall we?

Elf On The Shelf
Day 10

🎄🎵oh I wish it could be christmas every day…🎵🎄. I’m just glad he doesn’t have an amp…

Elf On The Shelf
Day 11

Starting the countdown! I’ve only been changing this every few days, so it says seven now and I get to change it to three tomorrow. That’s my magic trick for making christmas come quicker.

Elf On The Shelf
Day 12

Oops. Mr Old Elf has encountered some hostility. Think they’re jealous because we’ve never done Dinovember? (And if they think we ever will they’ve another thing coming)

Elf On The Shelf
Day 13

Elf-express…eh-eh-eh-elf-express! (Late 80’s pop reference there for the oldies) All aboard!

Elf On The Shelf
Day 14

Chillin’ in his fruit tub. Onion and garlic hopeful of a turn in there though. No of course this didn’t trigger fights over what fruit went in what lunchbox. (Yes it did, for days.)

Elf On The Shelf
Day 15

Totally blatant in his disregard for Elf and Safety. (We weren’t though, and made sure the Nutribullet was plugged out before we did this) Of course the kids rather than being horrified at the prospect thought it might be cool ‘just to see’ what would happen if we turned it on. 

Elf On The Shelf
Day 16

It’s official. He’s a brat. Who would expose children to such language?

Elf On The Shelf
Day 17

Saturday morning found Mr Old Elf starting the breakfast. I suppose seeing as he got the flour and eggs out we may as well make pancakes.

Elf On The Shelf
Day 18

Found Elf Grylls in the kitchen jungle this morning. Me poor plants!

Elf On The Shelf
Day 19

This one rogue (SEE WHAT I DID) built an igloo for his xmassy Star Wars buddies. Elf really enjoys building Lego in front of the tv at night. It might be Elf’s guilty pleasure…

Elf On The Shelf
Day 20

They’ve turned it up to 11 and are singing 🎤 Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas. I knew I shouldn’t be watching Carpool Karaoke in the middle of the night; I’m giving him ideas. It’s all very well for him; he has ear protectors, what about the rest of us!

Elf On The Shelf
Day 21

Lottie gets one past Mr Old Elf who must have hit the eggnog a bit hard last night.I do love Lottie, she kicks ass and a football.


What went before

Here’s what he got up to on Days 1-9.

Elf On The Shelf: 2016 Edition

Elf On The Shelf
Day 1

If you want to give yourself all the regrets start a Christmas tradition that takes 24 days of effort every year. I’m talking about The Elf of course. The bloody Elf.

By all means experiment when your munchkin is 1 or 2.  But start something when your child remembers stuff year on year and that’s it; you’re on the hook for that crap ’til the day the magic dies.
With that in mind, we’re on Elf: Year 4 (See here for three previous years of ideas if you need them!) We’re doing ok actually so far. Seems like having a drink taken many nights of the festive season in previous years might have been what stifled our creativity/found us in bed cursing the fact we’d forgotten to move him.
Anticipation was high this year; “when is December 1st?” was a constant question from mid-November. At last the day rolled round, the magical Mr Old Elf arrived bearing his Lego Advent calendar gift and a distinct Dublin twang to his words…

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The Elf Chronicles: Part Two.

Elf on the shelf

The Elf Chronicles: Part Two. I’ll tell you what he’s a very imaginative fella and when it comes to his annual retirement day, December 25th, he deserves to put his feet up and have a lovely big gin and tonic. I might do the same myself.

This is what he got up to at the start of the month, now let’s see what else he’s been at. It’s been a busy week…

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A Week of Elf Ideas

So we’re in full December swing now. I am torn over whether starting this whole elf lark a couple of years ago was a good idea at all. Every single morning by around six am Dominic has come up with an excuse to go downstairs to check out his antics. Do you think he goes asleep after that? No, obviously. I guess I’m just grateful for Pinterest and Instagram for late night inspiration. Though, one could make the argument the whole damn elf thing would never have taken off it it weren’t for them either…

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The Force Is Strong And The Elf Is Back

Elf On The ShelfThe force is strong in our house so after getting the Lego City advent calendar last year, this year it had to be Star Wars. Me and my husband spend a while tracking one down last week only to locate a pile in an independent toy shop that didn’t have advertise the fact they stocked them on their website, while all the chain shops were sold out. Yay for independent retailers and us getting our mitts on one, but boo for a lack of business acumen.

Brain had found the calendar first and was plotting his world domination but where was Pinky gone? In his place was Mr Old Elf, our friendly neighbourhood Santa’s-Little-Helper.

Dominic, nearly six, picked him up and whirled him around. He cuddled him, welcomed him, gleefully announced Elf would sleep in his bed tonight then quickly backtracked because he knows Elf goes off to the North Pole to report back to Santa at night time. He told me excitedly about a book at his after school club with the ‘zact same elf in it, because don’t a lot of the elves probably wear the same mammy? He believes fiercely in the whole thing

Ted, about three and half, and a Junior member of the Irish Skeptics Society (it exists) cocked his head, screwed up his face and said “That’s a teddy not a real elf. He doesn’t talk Dom”.

Welcome Mr Old Elf. It’s good to have you back.