Hi, Moms!

For the past two years, we have had one of Santa's elves come and stay with us for a couple of weeks before Christmas.  The first year, she arrived two weeks before the 25th, last year only one week.  My older daughter (Genevieve, 8 yoa) is fretting because some of her school friends already have their elves and is wondering why ours hasn't arrived yet.

Who is this elf, and why hasn't she come yet?  Each year Santa lets some of his more mischievous elves be "adopted" for a period before Christmas, and picks them up to take them back to the North Pole when he drops off presents.  Our elf is Pixie.  She sleeps during the day, and before my girls go to bed at night, Genevieve sprinkles magic dust on her and leaves out a small snack.  After everyone has gone to bed, Pixie wakes up and performs very mischievous acts.  She has, on different nights, painted my husband's toenails bright red, removed all of the canned food from the cupboard and made a pyramid in the middle of the kitchen, written lipstick notes on the bathroom mirror, and TP'd the ceiling fans.

The problem is that the main mischief maker is me, and it's hard to come up with a different idea every night, especially when we are looking at more than a week of mischief.  I don't want to make too big a mess, or do anything that is too time-consuming (after all, I have to do this right before I go to bed).

I was thinking that this year, Pixie could do some helpful things as well as some "naughty" things.  I've thought that one night, for example, she could set up our tree (it's a lovely artificial one) and the next, she could string the lights.  But I'm running out of ideas. 

I'd love to hear from you to see what great ideas other moms could come up with!

Pixie the Elf

Thanks, everyone!

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Dec. 4, 2008 at 10:43 AM


That is a great idea you got going!!  My girls would love that!

I think I will adopt an elf for a week.


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Dec. 4, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Holy crap, this is the coolest idea I've ever heard of!!  I may have to see if we can't 'adopt' an elf this year, too!  Where on earth did you learn about this??  I love it!!  I'm going to have to talk to my husband and see if he can come up with ideas, too.

On to your original question, though.  If you have time one night, maybe make cookies or something (perhaps even just buy the kind you take out of the package and bake), or if they take sack lunches to school have Pixie make lunch for the girls, but make it a strange one with different candies or something.  I'm a bit strapped for time, but I may revisit this with more ideas later.

Good luck!

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Dec. 4, 2008 at 11:11 AM

I wish I could claim the idea as mine, but a local mom here makes them and sends them out.  She includes a small container of fairy dust and a letter from Santa, and personalizes it.  I'll include a link to her website--but I think this is a "recycled" idea--other people around the country do this also.  Check out her website, or check around locally.

Also, because these can be expensive, I decided to make this a one-time purchase.  You can have a new letter sent out each year, and purchase extra fairy dust, but I've decided to write a new letter myself and make my own fairy dust (it's just sand and glitter).  I purchased a Christmas-y hat box, put Pixie inside with a cloth napkin for a blanket and a small pillow, the letter from Santa and the fairy dust,  attach balloons to it and leave it by the fireplace for the girls to find after school one afternoon.  Of course, I'm always as surprised as they are to find that Santa left her there while we were out.  And the letter says something like, "Dear Genevieve and Lillian, Since you have worked so hard this year to behave and try hard in school, I've decided to let one of my special elves stay with you until Christmas Eve."  Then it goes on to give instructions, like to keep the elf away from pets, to make sure that you leave out a small snack (and choose something that your kids love--like Goldfish, or M&M's), warn that the elf tends to be mischievous, and make sure that each morning the elf is put back in his/her comfy bed or box.  You can also give "warnings" to your child that the elf reports back to Santa and lets him know if your child is being "naughty or nice". You can personalize it even more and hint that the child can work extra hard to be nice to siblings, or help around the house more, etc.

Debra, I love the lunch idea--thanks!


If you google "adopt an elf", you'll find other places that do something like this as well.

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Dec. 4, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Could she have made you & dh be "backwards". Dress backwards, supper for breakfast, breakfast for supper, etc. Try shoe polish on the car windows making snowflakes. Put snow on your windows. How about the old vaseline on the door knobs? Take show laces out of their shoes? Lace the shoes up backwards. Coats inside out. Put Easter decorations on the Christmas tree. Have the Easter Bunny call and wish them a Happy Easter instead of Merry Christmas.

I'll see if I can think of anything else.

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Nov. 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

We've had our elves for several years as my son is 9 and my daughter is 4.  Some highlights:  draw a mustache on yourself with your eyeliner pencil just before they get up and then get back in bed for them to find you.  My son still squeals at that one.  Paint your husbands toenails.  We have wrapped their doorways in wrapping paper so when they opened the door, they couldn't get out.  We have put up the tree and before it got decorated the elves decorated it with the kids underwear.  We had died the milk green.  We have made cookies and left a mess.  We have had a tea party with the stuffed animals and candy wrappers were left in the middle and biscuit crumbs on the plates.  ...lots of stuff...each morning my kids wake up and race around the house trying to find what the elves did.  from time to time, if the kids have been a bit "naughty", the elves may diasppear - no doubt reporitng back to Santa.  Have fun with it and don't stress out it.  It's a beloved tradition in our house!

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Nov. 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

"draw a mustache on yourself with your eyeliner pencil just before they get up and then get back in bed for them to find you.  My son still squeals at that one.  Paint your husbands toenails."~~I've actually done this!  My husband has been a good sport, because I chose the reddest of reds to paint his nails. 

Our elf has also taken my lipstick and written messages on the mirror in the girls' bathroom, toilet-papered parts of the house, had tea-parties, ramsacked the pantry and made pyramids out of my canned goods. . . it gets exhausting coming up with new ideas! 

I think I may try the wrapping paper on their bedroom doors this year.  What a fun idea!

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Dec. 10, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I love the moustache and nail polish ideas.  I made our elf this year complete with a passport and letter from Santa.  The elf has been pretty quiet this week, but right after he came, he was getting into everything.  The kids found him in the fridge one day.  Another day, we went on an outing to come back and find he had spilled my Christmas movie/cd basket all over the floor.  One night, he got into the Wii basket and had games everywhere.  He also drug a bunch of books off of my son's book shelf.  I needed new ideas too.  I may try the moustache in the morning because Jingle Kringle (the kids named him to activate his magic) needs to get into some things.  I'll have to try the canned goods only I may use the marshmallow creme instead.  Oh, our elf is there to watch the kids and report back to Santa each night.  I plan to put him in their rooms on their night stands "watching" them.

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Dec. 10, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Great ideas, sgr123!

I may re-post this and see if there are any other ideas out there in CM Land.  Pixie just showed up on our fireplace this afternoon, in her hatbox (which is also her bed during the day) with red, green and white balloons attached to it. 

Let the magical games begin!

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Dec. 10, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Yes, definitely repost.  I found this by searching out journals with the word Santa.  I would love to see other ideas.

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Dec. 10, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Your elf is so cute.  I whipped mine up in a couple hours from a pattern I found online.  He is very simple.  And I can't figure out how to post it here. 

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