The first year we adopted Ralphie, the second came Scarlett. Last year we adopted an Elf pet (reindeer) named Pip. This year we adopted a St. Bernard and his name is Cheerio. (Pip, Pip, Cheerio! Get it;0)
Each year my elves get creative, silly and mischievous. Our family loves this, especially me.
Last Christmas time I was scrolling on the ol' fantastic Pintrest, you know pinning more to my 1001 boards and I came across some brilliant ideas about a book a day. Here are a two examples:
Just click on the pictures and you will be directed to their site.
The title basically explains itself. A book a day. Wanting to encourage my kids on continuing or pickup more on reading, I thought this was fantastic! So I thought and came up with an idea:
A book a day, the elf way.
- The Velveteen Rabbit
- Charlotte's Web
- Wizard of Oz
- Pipi Long stocking
- Peter Pan
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- The Witches
- Bridge to Terabithia
- The 100 Dresses
- Nurse Matilda (Nanny Mcfee)
- The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe
- Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
- James & the Giant Peach
- Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator
- D'Aulaire's Book of Trolls
- The Cat in the Hat
- The BFG
- 5 Children & It
- Where the Wild Things Are
- Hansel & Gretel
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- The Polar Express
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I have not done the books in this particular order, but I am set on ending with The Polar Express and The Grinch right on the 23rd and 24th of December, it's almost Christmas! Yay! I of course then made props to go with each book the elves would present to my kids each day. Let me tell ya, the elves are loving this just as much as I am. We've really gone out in our ideas and creativity. We are full on committed to this and I must say the elves are really taking this serious, full on character commitment!
For Where the Wild Things Are, I included an indoor snowball fight kit. Some we add a movie, some candy, there will be hot chocolate, we like adding goodies to go with the books, but it isn't something mandatory.We were out of town a day, so the elves had a day off (Harry Potter Movie Marathon) so now one of the days we will do a double book feature. Versatility is the key word to this idea. You have to be, some props take a bit of prep. Be prepared to miss out on some sleep doing this as well, but its well worth it. My kids love it! Even the older ones.
This is what our elves have been up to so far. Come back again, I'll be continuing my posting of our elf mischief weekly. If you want to follow their fun each day, follow me on Facebook, I post pictures everyday to share with friends and family.Love to have you in on the fun. Hope I helped with some ideas for you,
A Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays!!!