Monday, November 5, 2012

Dash's 2011 Visit

Last year we introduced a new tradition into our family; Dash, our Elf on the Shelf. 

Growing up Christmas was a magical event and I wanted to be able to pass along that same magical feeling to my kids.  When I found out about Elf on the Shelf I knew it was something I had to do. 

As we wait for another visit from our favourite elf I thought I would recap last years visit.

Day 1: Dash arrived from the North Pole.  That night Dash decided we needed to put up some decorations, poor fellow got tangled up putting them up. 

Day 2: Brought Lynden Candyland, even challenged some of the other stuffies to a game.

Day 3 & 4: Dash surprised us by coming along on our trip to the Island.  This included elf-tricks and a skiing accident. 

Day 5:  After we got home he got to work at re-assembling Lynden's train table

Day 6: Apparently elves use Canadian chocolate coins as their currency. 

Day 7: Dash enjoyed our tree and was found reading a new copy of "The Night Before Christmas" under it. 

Day 8: Dash put his toy fixing stills to use. 

Day 9-11: We woke to some re-decorating of our tree

Day 12: A video from Santa

Day 13: Elves have to go.

Day 14: Dash brought us a Christmas movie  (An added bonus of "Behind the Magic" - what goes on each night)

Day 15-17: Dash had a busy weekend: waiting for Santa, a snowball fight, and some more decorating.

Day 18: Fishing, elf style!

Day 19: Dash created a winter-wonder-land

Day 20: What a better way to wake up - cupcakes!

Day 21: On the second to last day Dash wrapped some "gifts" - I think he realized chocolate coins don't get him very far. 

Day 22: Dash spoiled us on his final morning.  Christmas shaped pancakes

It was a lot of fun having Dash with us for the month of December and it was sad to see him go home on Christmas Eve; but we cannot wait for his return! 


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  2. this is such a cute idea! but sadly I've never done it..

  3. new[est] follower. loving this post and loving your blog. can't wait to keep following along! yeah for elf on the shelf!! thanks for linking up!

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  4. Thanks for the great ideas! I am hoping my son will understand it this year, last year he didn't get it. (he was only 1 1/2)

    1. Last year was our first year, although I'm courious to how my daughter's going to take to it

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  6. I just learned about Elf on the Shelf a few days ago. We are considering inviting him to our home this year. :) Tammy ~

    1. They do bring Christmas magic :o) I look forward to it all year

  7. Hi, I'm Faith from MNB Blog hop. I have never heard of Elf on the Shelf but it looks like a great idea. I am going to have to look into it. Thanks for the idea.