Since he arrived at the beginning of the month, Elfiegoy and his antics have been a huge success. Harry and Mia loved hunting for him every morning, and were thrilled enough even to just see him move around from place to place. There were a few days though where I did get a little more creative, and here are some of my favourites:
When Ram and I arrived back from our surprise trip to Paris, Elfiegoy brought the children a note to say how well behaved they had been, along with some Christmas chocolates.
I've seen lots of elves bathing in marshmallows so I thought this would be a fun one to try out, he looks very comfortable! I had to use a safety pin to attach his arms behind his back, fortunately as the children aren't allowed to touch him it wasn't obvious!
Harry was beginning to wonder where all the Christmas chocolates were disappearing to after he had gone to bed, so he woke up one morning to discover the answer!
It was inevitable that Elfiegoy would get the Hama beads out at some point, here he is making a Hama bead Santa. I toyed briefly with the idea of having him tip all the beads out of the container, but that might have been going too far!
Finally, today was Elfiegoy's last morning with us. He appeared in the Christmas tree along with a note and two presents. The note read - "Dear Harry and Mia. I have had a lovely time staying with you this Christmas. Tonight it will be time for me to go back to the North Pole. I have left you a present to help you get ready for Christmas. Make sure that you have a bath tonight and wash your hair, and stay in bed until the sun comes up [on the Groclock] on Christmas morning, because you don't want to disturb Father Christmas! I will see you again next year, love from Elfiegoy." In the parcels were some new pyjamas for them to wear tonight, a Christmas tradition which I started last year.
It's been a lot of fun having Elfiegoy to stay with us, I'm so glad that we started this tradition. It was a bit last minute, so next year I aim to be a lot more prepared and come up with some more fun things for him to do!
Did you have an Elf on the Shelf this year? What was the best thing that he got up to?