The Adventure Starts Here: Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans 2016 - Week Four

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans 2016 - Week Four

Last year was the first year we did the whole "elf on the shelf" thing.  We decided to wait until Noah was old enough to really appreciate it.  While our elf doesn't cause problems or make messes, he does move around each night and get himself into some pretty funny situations.  And while I would love to take credit for Buddy's creative shenanigans, I can't... it's all thanks to Chris.  As soon as we started talking about starting the elf on the shelf tradition, he was vocal that he wanted to have creative control.  He comes up with all the ideas, executes them, and then sends me nightly photos of what Buddy is up to.  Every morning, I record Noah looking for Buddy.  Even though Chris can't be there every morning, he at least gets to see his reaction (which is usually pretty funny) on video... and I get to have a month's worth of videos for documentation purposes!  

Over the next few weeks, I hope that by sharing Buddy's Shenanigans, I can give you some inspiration, or at the very least put a smile on your face :)  And if you want to look back at past Buddy posts (from this year and last), you can see them all here.  In addition to my weekly recaps, you can also follow along on Instagram (hashtag #buddytheelfshenanigans2016 )

Buddy brought Noah a little gift...

Buddy played chicken with some of Noah's stuffed animal friends (including his classroom stuffed animal, Benson!)...

Super Buddy came back, this time hanging from the fan...

Noah kept requesting that Buddy hang from the ceiling.  According to him, the zip line didn't count.  So we hung him from the fan.  Noah still said it wasn't the ceiling, but he did like this one, and Buddy stayed there all day long!

Buddy decided to welcome our guests...

Buddy wasn't feeling very well...

Buddy made some snow angels in some flour.  Not sure if he wanted to bake with me or just wanted to make a mess...

Buddy sent Noah on a scavenger hunt to find him...

Buddy had lots of fun this month, but it never really required Noah to search for him.  So for our last night, we decided to really hide Buddy.  But since Noah isn't the best at finding yet, Chris created some super simple scavenger hunt hints that are perfect for a 4 year old.  I hope that as Noah gets older that we can come up with trickier clues.  In the end, Noah found Buddy hanging out in the dryer :)

Tomorrow, Christmas Day morning, Buddy will be bringing Noah a small gift to say goodbye as well as this note.  Until next year... it sure has been fun!

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What has your elf been up to this last week?


  1. Our Elf has been so lame this year! I pinned a ton of ideas for next year though, I love the one with Buddy getting checked out by the "doctor."


  2. So cute! Buddy has had a great month! One year Bob brought the girls little stuffed elves (from Target). They get to keep them all year and love it. Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Where did Buddy find the puzzles? Those look like fun! Once again, you guys nailed it. Always such unique ideas. I love the scavenger hunt one. I will have to remember that for next year.


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