Have you ever heard of Elf on the Shelf?
Here is the blurb from the book set they sell at http://www.elfontheshelf.com
“…a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts a scout elf and gives it a name, the scout elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the scout elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning.”
Now, I could not find the Elf on the Shelf book in NZ or Australia, and I dislike buying things online if I haven’t been able to see with my own eyes, and touch them with my own hands, first (online purchasing for me is simply to get a better price for the same thing I have seen in an shop).
I found our Elf at Christmas Kingdom in Melbourne, and quite frankly he is far more awesome than the one from the book. For starters, he has wire in his limbs making it easier to manipulate him into position. He is also way creepier than the other guy!
I was so thankful my daughter loved waking up and seeing what the Elf, who we named Ozzie, had been up to each morning. I was afraid she would find him too creepy and ‘Chucky’-ish and I would have to abandon the whole idea.
We both get enjoyment from Ozzie and his antics (for the sake of this post we will call it a he, however my daughter is yet to decide what its gender is). Ila enjoyed finding him in the morning and laughing over what he had done. I enjoyed the photo-a-day challenge he presented!
Here is what Ozzie got up to from the 6th to the 15th December (we only got him on the 5th while still in Melbourne, and he started his adventures on the 6th).
Here are the photos for the 15th till the 24th of December.
(Disclaimer: I did not set a card alight in my home, it is an overlay done in Photoshop.)
Ila really misses Ozzie and asks if we can go visit or he/she can come back. I’ve tried explaining that Ozzie will return next December…. only a four year old doesn’t have much concept of time.
Anyone else done Elf on the shelf this year? Would love links to your ideas!