Well, we started with those chocolate advent calendars. Sat the elf on top of them in front of the fire place. Liam my 3 yr old, and my big kids didn't even notice. So after waiting all day, I showed them. Liam could care less. He was obsessing over having the lights off because he found a flashlight and wanted it to be dark. I finally got him over to see his advent calendar and he got mad at me for opening #1. He wanted #10. Cause that's his favorite number apparently. (He also was mad my grandmother lives on the 14th floor and not the 10th btw LOL).
So, I think our elf, who is nameless, will just sit on the mantle as a Christmas decoration. LOL
Maybe we can try again next year. I just think it's too much work and he doesn't get the concept anyway.