They say that laughter is the best form of medicine when you’re feeling low…and I can personally attest to this. After a week that had some unexpected turns and left me feeling a bit down, all it took was one funny little Christmas elf to help get my spirits back up again and experience some Christmas joy.
This year for St. Nick’s Day (Dec. 6th) our kids received an Elf on a Shelf. Since they had recently watched the movie Elf, they affectionately decided to name him Buddy, and we hoped he would be just as entertaining to watch in his antics as the real Buddy the Elf played by Will Ferrell himself.
Growing up, we never did the whole Elf on a Shelf tradition. But I have seen so many hilarious clips of families doing really creative things with their elves, that I knew I had to get in on the elvish action. A little back story in case you are not familiar with the legend – the elf is sent to your home by Santa to supervise the little ones in the home and he (or she) reports back to the North Pole each night with his findings. Upon his return back to your home every evening, he may find himself in an amusing situation by morning.
Enter parents – who stage the elf in a variety of ways – much to the eager anticipation of their children who will wake up each morning anxious to see what the elf was up to last night. (It’s a good thing my kids don’t read my blog or I would have just spoiled the whole thing right then and there because they honestly do believe that he is getting into this trouble all on his own!)
My husband and I both have a pretty similar sense of humor, which can be silly and somewhat random. This was one of the things I realized immediately when I first met him and I remember thinking, “wow, he actually gets my jokes!” We have found it to be a lot of fun these last few nights and somewhat therapeutic for us both to generate some creative comedy via an elf!
The first night Buddy found himself tangled in a web of Christmas countdown chains our children had recently made. Sportin’ some acrobatic moves there!
Then he decided it would be fun to climb up into one of my many mason jars in our kitchen and got stuck…
The next night he may have startled a few of the Toy Story characters we own upon his re-entry and that did not go so well for him…don’t mess with the Buzz & Woody gang!
He also watched a movie starring himself in Dad’s recliner…
Found out he really enjoys riding horses, just like our oldest, Olivia does. He even likes pulling her 2 favorite toys, Bunny & Ellie, in the wagon behind!
Wanted to experience what life was like the night Jesus was born…and may have even made a pretty good shepherd!
And got caught with his hand in the cookie jar…
This was an amusing week and the antics will continue leading up until Christmas Eve, so who knows what other clever shenanigans our little Buddy the elf will find himself in the nights ahead! Wishing you lots of Christmas joy!