Our Elf on the Shelf: Nigel the Christmas Mouse

Having a toddler at Christmas time is the most magical thing in the world.  Our holiday season was so much fun!  Adding to the magic was our budget friendly version of Elf on the Shelf.  I wasn’t about to spend tens of dollars on the actual thing, so when I found a $5 mouse with bendable appendages in the Christmas section at Target I about leaped out me nickers!  And James adored it all season long!  We tried to keep it simple, using James’ belongings as props to keep it exciting for him, and would leave little notes explaining the spirit of the mouse so James stayed motivated to be a good boy for Santa.  Every morning James would wake up and jump out of bed and exclaim, “Where’s Ine-gel??!!”  with an intense hunt ensuing.  It was just about the cutest thing ever.
Below is our “Nigel the Christmas Mouse”  experience, 2013, as documented on our Instagram: