This is a RE-post from days gone by…it’s just SO much fun I want to share it again 🙂
I’ve mentioned in other posts some of the fun things we do in December (see 25 days of snowflakes) as well as reading our advent. We found a series of great advents, there are three books and even though our kids are older now – they still love it when I read to them. There is Jotham’s Journey, Tabitha’s Travels (the one we’re reading now) and Bartholomew’s Passage; they are written by Arnold Ytreeide. Just to warn you parents with little ones, they do have scary events in them so pre-read before sharing with littles.
I wanted to share a few really fun ideas/things we do with our kids. Every year we decorate the house for Christmas on December 1st; we put up the snowflakes in the window and our little Christmas village. As soon as the village is set up,
the elves begin to make mischief!
We have a little skating rink that we made out of blue foil, the kids have made little benches out of popsicle sticks over the years and we got some cute figurines of people skating. The elves love to fool with the village and often we wake up to find that the dog is on top of the chimney on the old bakery! At times we’ve found that the tractor which goes in the barn is hanging from the bridge! Every now and again our elves get so busy making mischief that they forget a piece of clothing. One year I made the tiniest little felt elf shoes. Another year I made a lovely fleece cloak for one of the lil girl elves with a little tiny braided scarf and a small little hat. When the elves leave these items, they often need repair of some sort so I get the kids to stitch them together or mend a hole – the elves are so grateful when they return that they leave small gifts (often a Christmas movie). Sometimes Songbird and I sew tiny little dresses or vests as gifts for the elves. Oh it’s so much fun!!
Now on our forum for wives, we share ideas and I’ve been given permission to share a few here with you! One of our gals used cotton to make a snow drift on the kitchen table. Here in Northern Canada, we can just do this for real outside… as it happened, just as the elves were coming to deliver a load of chocolate candy kisses, their Lego truck got stuck in the drift. You can imagine they had to unload the kisses in an attempt to free themselves…but to no avail. They had to abandon the mission. Tiny little footprints (using icing sugar) showed their trail as they attached a rope to the truck and scuffled down from the table, out the backdoor.
In another family, the elves left Rudolf noses one evening. They also left Mr. Pauper’s Penguins as well as some popcorn one night. Sometimes the elves leave supplies for Christmas crafts or if they’re feeling naughty, they may rearrange the nativity set!
There have been times when Mom has been too busy to set up the village and the elves ‘toilet paper’ed’ our living room and left a little tiny note saying that they came to visit and play in the village but it wasn’t set up yet!
Our children are 16, 14 and 9 and they know the real reason for the season…but oh how they love the silliness of the elves! Enjoy some of our pictures of past elf adventures!
This is a picture of all of the cloths we’ve made for the elves and the notes they’ve left for us.
We made an outfit for one of the young elf men and to the left of that is a TINY little baby elf vest. Of course the lady’s dress with hat, scarf and cloak to the right of that.
Where ever you are at, I hope the elves are making mischief at your house and that the season finds you tucked in close with family and friends! I’m looking forward to some special times of our own this Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you!