She was so excited the next morning to find the book and then see the elf on the mantle waiting for her.
I asked her what his name was going to be and she said, very certainly, 'Elf.' I tried a few times to get her to pick a different name, but she definitely thinks he is Elf and that's all there is to it. We read the book and made sure she knew that the only real rule was that she couldn't touch him or he would lose his magic.
Day 2: After having a bare tree in the living room for 8 days, Elf decided to start decorating the tree.
Day 3: Goofball Elf takes a whirl on the fan.
Day 4: Elf flips
Bella pointed at him and told Vinny, "Don't touch him Daddy!" Then she grabbed him and went running around the house. So much for that. So he disappeared for a day to regain his magic.
Day 6: Elf MIA to regain magic
Day 7: Elf reappears, bathing in a bowl full of marshmallows. Bella runs off with him again.
Day 8: Elf MIA to regain magic
Day 9: After a long evening of making cookies, I left the flour out. Elf decided to make a flour angel.
Day 10: The flour angel stunt was messier than anticipated. Elf needed a shower:
Day 11: Elf takes a little fishing trip
Bella finally seems to understand the words 'do not touch.' Whew! I'll give a rundown of other Elf activities soon!