Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oh Elfie!

My Elf on the Shelf named Elfie came back from the North Pole on Dec. 1.  Since then he has got himself into lots of trouble! During the 12 days we have had him, he has made a bed out of tissues  and the box they came in, got stuck in the marshmallow jar, fell asleep in the hat my mom made, hid in the cabinet snacking on granola bars and candy, played with fire in the candle, made a 'snow' angel with sugar and sprinkles because he misses snow, and used our paper chains as a tire swing.  He rode a tube of toilet paper down the stairs, wrote a christmas message in lipstick all over the mirror in the bath room, was caught reading the third gift, and lots more. 

The 3 that made me laugh the most were the toilet paper down the stairs, the snacking in the cabinet and when he got stuck in the marshmallow jar! 

The day after he arrived at my house I looked at him. I realized he must get so cold at night! I got out my sewing kit and sewed him a pair of slippers and a scarf!  I left them next to him for him to put on in the morning. He hasn't taken them off since! 

I made the slippers out of tiny pieces of felt. I used red and green. In the red felt I cut a little oval a little bigger than his foot, and cut another of the same thing but this time, cut it in half. I placed the one cut in half on top of the other full one, and sewed the edges. Then I cut a tiny tiny piece of green felt and sewed it on the center of the half-oval. Voila! I got an elf slipper!

For the scarf I took an old (clean) sock that I don't like to wear and laid it down flat. I took scissors and cut a thin piece (about 5 inches long and 1 inch wide). Then I frayed the edges. ( My sock scarf curled a little)  Now I have a finished elf scarf! 

My family always leaves out cookies (for Santa) and carrots ( for the reindeer but I found a really wonderful idea on the internet. This year I am going to put out (along with the cookies and carrots) Elf donuts!!!! Elf donuts seem really easy to make, for the donut itself is just a Cheerio (breakfast cereal). I want to decorate them with powdered sugar, melted chocolate, and sprinkles. I will soon do a post to tell you how they come out!

Here are some pictures of  Elfie and what he has done!

Look closely at some of the pictures and you can see the scarf and slippers I made for him!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

25 days of Christmas

One day during the week before Dec.1  my Mom went to the library. She came home with a big bag full of books. At the library she had gotten 25 Christmas books.  I wrapped all 25 books in cute Santa Clause and elf wrapping paper and I put them in a stack in the corner of our living room. Every night since Dec.1  me and my family unwrap one book and take turns reading it aloud. So far we have read some very good books and some not so well written books. Here are the books that we have read so far (we have missed a few days do to sleep overs and forgetfulness)

After the title of the book I will type a number. The number can go up to 5.    5 means it was a good book 3-4 mean it was okay and 1-2 mean it wasn't that good.

Babushka : 3 (by Charles Mikolaycak)

Four friends at Christmas : 2 (by Tomie DePaola)

The wee Christmas cabin : 4 (by Margret Hodges)

It's a wonderful life for kids : 5 (by Jimmy Hawkins)

Lucy's Christmas : 4 (by Donald Hall)

The Third Gift : 5 (by Linda Sue Park)

What's coming for Christmas : 2 (Kate Banks)

Auntie Claus : 1 (by Elise Primavera)

Christmas in the country : 1 (by Cynthia Rylant) 

My two favorites were: It's a wonderful life for kids and The Third Gift.

 It's a wonderful life for kids is about Tommy Bailey. During a time of crisis in Tommy's life, an angel-in-training grants Tommy's wish of wanting to have never been born. Arthur, the angel-in-training, shows Tommy what would of happened to his friends, family, and neighborhood if he had never been born.

The Third Gift is about a boy, who shares his father's passion of collecting sap tears. The boy and his father have found a tear of unusual size, big enough to fill his two hands. At the market three strangers, foreigners, buy the tears, to give to a new born baby.

I like The Third Gift because the story is interesting, well written and the illustrations are beautiful.

I like It's a wonderful life for kids because it includes a sweet story that makes you smile.

Two years ago I did a post about my Elf on the Shelf, Elfie. Well, Elfie came back from the North Pole on Dec.1. Turns out he loves The Third Gift too! We found him in the basket where we keep all our Christmas books reading The Third Gift! 

I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did!  I'll keep you updated on what other books I read!

Here are some pictures of the books, Elfie, etc...

The books at the library

The books after I wrapped them

Elfie and The Third Gift