We had a serious Elf Fail this week. I’m not talking about the kind where we forgot to move the elf. I’m talking about the Elf serious messing up with my kids and getting put in the proverbial dog house.
It all started innocently enough. I thought it would be fun to get our elf Peppermint Stick to draw on our family portrait. While the mustaches are cute, I thought the boys might not like having their faces drawn on. So I grabbed a red marker and drew adorable Santa hats on all of us. I placed Peppermint Stick next to the photo holding the red marker.
The next morning, the boys were seeing red all right! No one is allowed to draw on the furniture and walls in the house. Peppermint Stick broke the rules. And to top it off, he had drawn on our picture!!! This elf was in some serious trouble. I was told, in no uncertain terms, to clean the picture immediately. Once that was done, we had a mini talk with Peppermint Stick about following the rules of the house and respecting other people’s stuff.
Wow! Who knew such an innocent act could turn into a serious infraction. Then again, if the kids had drawn on the photos, we may have been having this mini talk with them. Have you had an elf fail?
But not everything was an Elf Fail! Every week this season, I’m going to share what our elf has been up to. And for even more fun things to do with your Elf on the Shelf, check out:
- 50 Creative, Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas
- Forgot to Move the Elf? Elf on the Shelf Ideas Week No. 1
- That Mischievous Elf! Elf on the Shelf Ideas Week No. 2
Looking for more great Christmas ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of Christmas Crafts and Activities for the entire family.
What do elves drink? Why syrup of course! This set up is one of those that looks fancy but literally took me all of 10 seconds. Just pop a straw into the syrup bottle and you’re good to go.
You know it must have been a wild night if someone is swinging from the chandelier. Peppermint Stick brought a host of peppermint sticks (aka candy canes) with him from the North Pole from the boys. They are still working off the sugar high.
The elf hadn’t visited “Mama’s Tree” yet. So Peppermint Stick popped over to my tree to say hi.
My son has a huge tree advent calendar we use every year. This evening, Peppermint Stick stuffed himself into one of the pockets. My seven year old loved waking up with the elf in his room.
The Elf understands he is now allowed to set up shop in Mom and Dad’s bedroom. We need our sleep after all. However, Dad was traveling all week, and Peppermint Stick must have thought I felt a little bit lonely. One night be built a bed on my night stand and used a tissue for a blanket.
Not every night needs to be a creative masterpiece. Just moving the elf to a fun new spot can be enough for kids. Here, Peppermint Stick has propped himself up on the corner of our wedding photo. Awwwww.