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Christmas elves can graduate, too, apparently…

Last night, my son graduated form primary school.  As part of the preparations, he decorated his mortarboard.

This morning, we discovered Tinkles and Ginger in graduate gowns on my son’s mortarboard as they graduate in front of a Lego audience!

Christmas elves in long gowns, graduating in front of a Lego crowd

We’re not entirely sure what they are graduating from, mind you, but we won’t let any little details like that stop us celebrating!

Christmas elves in long gowns, graduating in front of a Lego crowd

Love Santa orders closed – how did we do?

Love Santa letter orders have closed to 2020 (yes, a bit early due to COVID-19 mail delays).

collection of Love Santa letters

As always, we enjoyed preparing the letters this year. It was pleasing that so many children coped well with the restrictions this year. And we love reading of their successes and good deeds.

We would love to hear about the reactions to our letters (comment below or fill in our testimonials form) and your Christmas stories in general (again, comment below or use our share a story form!)

Interestingly. we have written fewer letters to adults this year but more to teenagers. And there seem to be more requests for outdoor and active gifts, along with books and themed gifts (like Bluey, Elsa, and Pokémon) and fewer electronic-based gifts – I wonder if that is a response to lockdowns and doing so much online during 2020?


Found Ginger!

So we finally found Ginger – she was having a nap in an oven mitt on a pile of tea towels…

Baby Christmas elf tucked into a Santa over mitt

All Christmas themed, of course!

Baby Christmas elf tucked into a Santa over mitt

Bath time for elves!

A few days ago, Tinkles was busy cleaning Ginger’s teeth. Today, she is back in the bathroom having a bubble bath…

Christmas elf sitting in a bath with white balls as bubbles

Christmas elf sitting in a bath with white balls as bubbles

Evening update

This evening the kids spotted that Tinkles now has a glass of wine in hand as she soaks in the bubble bath!

Christmas elf sitting in a bath with white balls as bubbles

Christmas elves cooking biscuits

Tinkles and Ginger were sitting on the kitchen bench this morning, having apparently made a batch of biscuits!

Christmas elf and baby elf beside a tray of biscuits

The elves used their own mixer, spoon, rolling pin and biscuits tray, but also got out our mixing bowl and Christmas spoons so we took that as a hint to also cook some biscuits today! We made some passionfruit Christmas biscuits and they are yummy! They will be a nice snack for our last week of school lunches, if I can keep everyone from eating them all today!

Have your elves encouraged you to do some Christmas activity this year?

CHristmas elf sitting beside a tray of choc chip biscuits

Christmas elf hygiene!

This morning the kids found our elves pretty quickly as they are in the bathroom cupboard (door open) as Tinkles cleans Ginger’s teeth!

Christmas elf holding baby elf and a toothbrush to clean the baby's teeth

The top part of an electric toothbrush makes a good size toothbrush for Tinkles to hold!

While I think it’s great after all those doughnuts and a sugary shopping list, the kids are a bit perturbed at cleaning Ginger’s teeth for 24 hours straight!

I wonder if Ginger will start singing “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” at some point?

Gone fishing!

Today we found the elves had gone fishin’!

Christmas elves holding a fishing rod in front of a blue dish of water

And later found Tinkles proudly sitting in the herb garden with the fish she caught! Is she planning basil and tomato with her fish dinner tonight I wonder?!

Christmas elf sitting amongst basil plants with a fishing rod and fish

An elf library

Christmas books and reading them with your family is a great  element of Christmas.

A number of people do a book advent calendar – like we did last year with a daily book.

However, I came across a new idea called an Elf Library. By having lots of Christmas books on display, the elves have a little home to enjoy between their antics and everyone is reminded to read Christmas books! I think Fleur has come up with a great idea and she was happy to share the idea and her photos with us.

Display of many CHristmas picture books and some elves with a sign "Elf Library"

We have reviewed quite a few of those books, but there are certainly some others there we have yet to try! What are your family’s favourite Christmas books?

display of Christmas picture books


The books shown here include:


Christmas elves and sugary shopping!

So it appears Tinkles and Ginger got hungry last night, or just decided they wanted to have a party, as they have written a shopping list and flicked through some sweet reccipes overnight.

Christmas elf holding a green texta and writing a shopping list of sugary treats!

Ginger sitting a in a star biscuit cutter may also be a hint towards some Christmas cooking!

The shopping list reads – lollies, chocolate, ice-cream, gingerbread, candy canes and Smarties (I have used correct spelling to make it easier to read!)

Christmas elf holding a green texta and writing a shopping list of sugary treats!

I’m sure most kids would be happy for that shopping trip, but what do you think the odds are of us following Tinkles’ list today?

Taking Santa photos

I really enjoyed the delight my daughter showed this morning when she found Tinkle taking a photo of her baby and Ginger, the baby elf, with Santa!Christmas elf taking a photo of Santa with a bay elf and a large doll

Like yesterday, Santa was holding Ginger for the photo, posing beside the baby in our house, with tinsel at their feet – it is actually a cute Santa photo (and not a mask in sight!)

Santa sitting on bench holding a baby elf beside a doll

Tinkles’ camera looks to be a good one – it even has a flash but that was too hard to get photos of!

Christmas elf sitting behind a black camera on a stand

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