Friday, December 7, 2012

12 Nights of Must Watch Christmas Movies: Elf

*I hope no one's counting just how many nights it's taking me to finish this 12-night series, I'm going to try to play catch up today* :P

You know, I resisted this movie so hard when it initially came out.  I thought it looked absolutely terrible and unfunny, my mind was closed to it.  But from the moment I saw it, it became an instant holiday MUST.  I love love LOVE it and I think you will too!

The Movie:
If you haven't seen it (which I doubt, but just in case):  It's the story of Buddy the Elf, who was an orphaned baby that was raised by a Christmas elf and has recently discovered he is actually human and goes to meet his biological father (a grumpy business man who is *gasp* on the naughty list and in great need of some Christmas Spirit).  Full of great music, hilarious one-liners, and heartwarming holiday warm fuzzies, this movie will definitely leave your crew with smiles!

Why It's A Must Watch:
You will instantly find yourself in the Christmas mood after watching!  Also this one bridges all generation gaps so it's great to bust out while all the family is around, it's totally enjoyable for all ages :)

Rated PG, this is a pretty family-friendly movie.  There's 1 fart, 2 burps, 1 fight scene, a snowball fight with some school bullies, and a sort of tense chase scene where the Central Park rangers are chasing Santa's sleigh (that's the part that my kiddo was afraid of mostly just due to loud action) . . . that's about all I can think of :)

You're Movie Night:

Prior to watching you can have a Spaghetti dinner (hold the maple syrup).  For snacks while watching, have some Christmas cookies and Cocoa

Craft Idea:

You can make these in about 5 minutes, here's how:
Grab 3 colors of felt (hat, ribbon, feather), some scissors, glue and a dinner plate
First trace your plate onto the color you want the body of the hat to be.  If you have large felt you can trace the whole thing but it won't be a problem at all if you're just using the 9x12 sheets, just get as much of the circle on there as possible (as shown).  Cut out your circle then fold it into 4 and snip along one edge (just a radius of your circle) *if you used the sheet, make sure the edge your cutting is on the side that is missing it's curve*
You can use the scrap edge of your felt as a guide for cutting the hat ribbon (I made mine about 1-2" wide).  Create a cone with your circle and glue together (you can trim any overlapping felt if you wish).  Then glue on ribbon and cut and insert a little felt feather!  
My girls love these hats!

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