The Elf on the Shelf. People either love the concept or they hate it! But one thing is certain: It's definitely the most popular Christmas trend these days!
I managed to avoid the hype for so long because the timing just wasn't right. I couldn't really introduce a new concept when certain kids were asking a lot of questions! This year, Dylan and Lexie are both in the know and Lily kept asking why WE didn't have an elf. The timing was right for Lily and Liam (AKA Phase Two). So on December 1st, an Elf on the Shelf joined our family!
Our Elf, whom Lily lovingly named Christopher, arrived with a North Pole Breakfast and a few small gifts for each child. Lily was beyond excited!
But our Elf on the Shelf immediately had some serious competition!
What started out as just a cute picture turned into a fun photography project for the month of December, after our sweet little Liam got into some trouble on the second morning. Liam got a bath, his elf pajamas got a good washing and our Elf on the Shelf project was born. Each day since then, our little live Elf Liam, has been recreating Christopher's adventures!
Here's what our two naughty elves have been up to...
Christopher got into the powdered sugar and made a snow angel!
But Liam, who got into the cornstarch for the second time in one week (once on his Grandma's watch), was the winner. Clearly...
Christopher took a bubble bath in mini marshmallows and Liam decided to join him!
Christopher found an EXPO marker and decided to draw on Dylan, Lexie, Lily and Liam's school pictures.
Liam was just as creative.
Christopher tried to make a sticker picture for the kids and things spiraled out of control!
Liam was a BIG fan of this activity!
We celebrated Saint Nicholas Day for the first time and Christopher snagged candy canes from each child's shoe.
Liam decided to snag and EAT the candy canes.
Christopher picked Elsa up and took her for a drive.
Liam took it one step further with some cuddles.
Christopher took the dogs for a walk.
Liam gave up and decided snuggles were better!
Dinosaur ride, anyone?
What Liam doesn't know is that his dinosaur roars, moves his head around, walks and rears up! (Should we use the remote to surprise him?)
Poor Christopher caught a cold...from Little Live Elf Liam!
Thankfully it's nothing more than a runny nose. Every little Elf needs to take a day off to rest now and then!
Stay tuned for more of Christopher and Liam's adventures!