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Last year for Christmas, all that our oldest son wanted was to see Gilbert, our “Elf on the shelf” fly.   We asked Santa if he could please take a picture before Gilbert left to go back to the North Pole.   Guess what… he did!   The boys were so excited!

Now, I can’t share how I know this information, as wondering eyes may happen upon this, but Santa used a few materials to help him capture this moment.

Materials that Santa used:

  • floss (just as a safety backup, of course!)
  • camera
  • Tape (again, back-up) 😉
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Maybe a little photo shop or to edit things to make Gilbert look perfect!  🙂


Our picture was laying on our table when we came downstairs on Christmas morning with a note from Gilbert that said:
“Thank you for letting me spend the holidays with you!  I have had a great time and I will miss you!   Here is a picture of me, flying off to the North Pole, where I will wait until next year to see you guys again.   Merry Christmas and keep up the great work of spreading peace and joy.   Be wonderful while I am away!   Happy Birthday,  Jesus!”

How to catch your elf flying
his was their FAVORITE Christmas gift (yes, it beat all of the other ones!)  – they talk about it every year and are hoping for a new one this year, too!  I’m pretty sure that Santa & Gilbert can manage that one again. 

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. My son asked Santa for a picture of his elf flying too! This is brilliant! Thanks for the share.

    1. Oh no way! 🙂 haha!! I’m glad it will be helpful. This year he wants a video of it…. hmmm….

  2. Can you post directions on you made your elf fly in order to catch it on camera? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

  3. I love most of all that Gilbert made sure to wish Jesus a Happy Birthday and remind your children what it’s really all about! We have one picture of our grandchildren’s “Friendsly” flying in a couple years ago and last year when I took a picture from the same position in their yard, our silly granddaughter thought it was the same picture as the year before! Keep on spreading the Love of Jesus!