24 Days of Christmas – Day 1 – Elf Adventures!

Welcome to One Tough Mother’s 24 Days of Christmas!  Grab some hot cocoa, curl up in your snuggly blanket, and get ready to dive in to 24 straight days of Christmas cheer!  I’ll be sharing everything from DIY decor and craft ideas to recipes to family outing ideas, and so much more!


Today I’d like to introduce you to someone very special.  He comes all the way from the North Pole, and he comes to visit each year on December 1st, then he goes home on Christmas Eve with Santa!
This is Ollie the Elf…
I’m sure most everyone is familiar with Santa’s magic little helpers, and everyone has their own version.  Some people prefer the Elf on the Shelf:
Personally, I thought he was kinda creepy – he has no hands or feet, just pointed felt!  But that’s just me 😉
Our little buddy Ollie came straight from the North Pole (with a lay-over in Hallmark, where I traded the shop keeper a few bucks and got to take him home).  This will be Ollie’s 3rd Christmas season with our family, and Marley is very much looking forward to spending time with him.
I have to admit, sometimes I wish he’d come a little closer to Christmas so there are fewer messes to clean up, but I guess he’s not all bad.
Having your own elf can be a lot of fun (and a lot of work, depending on how involved you get).  Here are some ideas of the elf-ness we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.
While we’re sleeping, Ollie likes to play board games in the play room with some of Marley’s teddy bears:
Ollie took all of our canned goods out of the pantry and made a castle on our kitchen table:
Last year, Marley had a cold for a few days, so one night, Ollie got out all of our craft stuff and made her a card:
Ollie likes to spell stuff with food, too.  He’s used different cereals, even toothpaste on the bathroom mirror to write notes:
He even had a make-shift snowball fight with cotton balls!  What a mess!
If you haven’t had a visit from one of Santa’s mischevious little elves yet, maybe this year could be the year!  It’s never too late for him to stop by.  Hopefully, I’ve given you a few ideas for creating your own elf fun.  Here are a few more that we’re going to try this year:
  • Have your child wake up on the weekend to find that the elf has drawn mustaches on mom & dad with eyeliner pencil
  • Park the car crooked in the driveway and leave food wrappers in the floor boards.  Don’t forget to stack pillows in the driver seat and have “helpers” (stuffed animals) operate the pedals.
  • Dye toilet water red or green
  • Have your elf take photos of himself and leave the camera in his hand for evidence
  • Hang scarves and gloves from the ceiling fan
Do you have any ideas to share?  I’d love to hear them!  Feel free to leave some tips of your own elf adventures in the comments.
And come back tomorrow for Day 2 of One Tough Mother’s 24 Days of Christmas!
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