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A Message in Sharing from Elf on the Shelf:  Gotta Give to Get

Today my son had a bit of rough day and finished it with good manners and listening.  Must have been the trip to meet Santa today! 😉

Today his elf, Tattle, has asked him to donate toys so he can get a good word with the big man Santa.  He told him that Santa likes children that give their old toys to children with less – Santa likes that and will ensure that they’re rewarded with an extra special gift! 

He was given the hat as a good faith offering.  My fingers are crossed in hopes that he is more willing to part with the old to make way with the new so I am not forced to do it behind his back and he learns the less to declutter.  Merry Christmas!

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Elf on the Shelf Has Arrived

I love the holidays and get especially festive Thanksgiving spending time enjoying a good meal with family.  It’s also the day before I start our Christmas season in our house.  This year after careful consideration of our elf Tattles big return, he decided to fly in on my son’s Air Patroller with a personalized story book, Elf on the Shelf jammies, and white chocolate Santa beard lollipop.

I can’t wait to pull out the decorations tomorrow and have a pajama party with my son. This is my favorite time of year.  I hope you all enjoyed a peaceful Thanksgiving!

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Elf on the Shelf: Uh oh, I’ve Been Caught Stealing…

My husband caught our son stealing the Hershey kisses in our advent calendar for tomorrow and getting into the 9th too… He even looked definitely at his dad after he was told to put it down and smugly ate it instead.  I decided that we could see if his elf Tattle could teach him about sharing by giving him the opportunity to display his goodness by giving us his elf kisses that Tattle brought him.

He’s a good boy,  I know that he’ll share them – he resisted sneaking it for the last 6 days…record for a  3.5 old! 😂😂😂

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Poseable Elf on the Shelf, Why Not?

So of course we all want to pose them and make our elves holding, posing, ect. so why they heck aren’t they just manufactured that way???  I spent the last 45 minutes twisting floral wire from the dollar store so it would be strong enough to shove through each limb.  

This sounds simple, but you have to cut out the stitches from the seams on the arms and legs in order to shove it through as one piece!!  Elf makers stop the insanity and give us poseable elves!!  I would have paid extra for the convenience.  Okay end rant.  Happy posing my fellow parents and merry Christmas.

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Elf on the Shelf North Pole Airlines:  How to Make Your Own Biplane for Your Elf

Half of the fun of the Christmas season for my little guy is finding his little elf buddy “Tattle” mid adventure each day.  Tomorrow he will find Tattle flying North Pole Airlines on his way back from providing Santa with his daily report.  Today I will teach you how to make your own using everyday recyclables.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Cereal box or other cardboard box of similar thickness 
  • Paper towel tube
  • Paper straws
  • Crafting sticks
  • Metal Brad fastener
  • Hot glue gun and glue 
  • Scissors 
  • String
  • Hole punch 
  1. Cut out a wing to desired length and then traced the other to cut out.
  2. Cut support beam for wings in an hour glass shape.
  3. Cut slits in the wings close enough to your cardboard tube to be able to glue into place the supports to the sides.
  4. Cut slits into the supports to slip pieces together.
  5. Cut strips for the tail piece making slits in the center.  One on the inside edge and one on the outside as pictured below.
  6. Cut slits into the end of the tube to slide tail into place and then glue edges.
  7. Cut a hole for elf to sit in.
  8. Use your hole puncher on the end of the wings on top and bottom.
  9. Tie string from one wing to next allowing for a little slack.
  10. Measure your paper straws in the for the outer wing support and push through each hole securing with hot glue.
  11. Make a hole in the center of each crafting stick and secure with metal Brad fastener, taping the back to keep the propellers spread.
  12. Glenn onto the front of the plane.
  13. Tie string to the end of the tail of new each side and create a loop to hang the plane from.

I hope that this helps bring magic to your little ones Christmas elf hunt too!  Merry Christmas!