Thursday, December 6, 2012

Our Elf on the Shelf!!

This is our first year of the Elf on the Shelf Christmas Tradition, and we were very excited to kick it off on Saturday morning with a fabulous breakfast!!  

Of course, 'fabulous' in our case didn't mean 'perfectly beautifully presented' - now that I see the pictures it looks pretty messy and thrown together!!  But it was a yummy pancake breakfast, and was a lot of fun :)  

Our elf, Buddy, was chilling out on a little Christmas platter, along with some little gifts he had bought from the North Pole :)

He had even brought a note for each of the girls:

Who studiously read them when they sat down...

The gifts were EXACTLY the same as the ones Maggie and I made for her cousins the other day!! - More on those in another post..

And he even bought a bauble to hang on the tree for 'Baby Brother'!! 

On December 2, Buddy was perched on the star on top of our Christmas tree: 

December 3 he had a chat to Santa - this one thrilled Maggie all day.  She kept pretending she was on the other end of this phone call... :)

Day 4 he checked out our Christmas countdown:

(That photo above him is a newborn little Ana last year - Seeing it makes me so excited to have this baby!! :))

And then yesterday, December 5, he joined in the Nativity!

Buddy hasn't done anything super elaborate yet (obviously), or anything that involves food, like the cute ones I see on Pinterest!  He has also stuck to high surfaces, because the 'don't touch' rule is really hard for a 1 and a 2 year old to obey, when Buddy is within reach!!  But the girls are enjoying running out every morning and seeing where he is!!  I think this tradition will get more fun as he becomes more of a tradition each year, and the children remember and expect him to be running around this place all December long :)

(You can learn more about the Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition here :)


  1. lol! I love the 'he's always up high' :)

  2. You know I'd never heard of Elf On The Shelf until this year? How have I not heard of such a cute tradition!

  3. I love the girl's faces as they 'read' their notes! Do you remember how magical it felt to really believe in fairies and elves?! :)

    The game for me is watching you find 24 new places for Buddy to appear each morning! lol I know you are more than up to it :)


  4. I'm also with Mum - I was wondering how tricky coming up with new ideas would be :P
    This sounds like SO much fun! I can't wait until Hallie is old enough next year (she'll be about Ana's age) so I can do this with her!
    I bet the girls are super excited. I can just see Maggie chatting away on her phone call all day :P