Elf on the Shelf: Polar Express day!

From the hot cocoa to snuggling with my little ones to watch “Polar Express” I love our Polar Express themed night! One of our favorites.  It’s the perfect thing for a chilly winter day (and night).

I make a calendar for our elf and our themes, usually starting in October so that I can begin collecting/making the things for it.  For our Polar Express day, we were visiting family, so it took extra preparation and a lot of packing!!

I set it up while the children were out with their grandparents riding through the woods in the Carry.  They love it and it was perfect weather to bundle up in the back and go for a ride.  Their movie was wrapped and ready as one of their “countdown books” instead of an actual book that night.  Our movie/theme nights usually have just a movie because there is no time for reading, lol.

Polar Express makes me think of snow and trains for theme decorations, so “Twinkle” brought snowflake bottles of bubbles, train window clings, candy trains, snow in a can, train puzzles, a mini train set (which came in handy for the littler ones that came over for Christmas day).  I made their popcorn bags ahead of time.  I don’t know if you’ve seen previous posts, but I figured out a year or so ago when I ran out of the red and white stripe popcorn bags that it was waaaaay cuter to buy a package of white paper bags and decorate them with matching theme stickers!  So, this is with trains, of course. 🙂  And we had to have an array of goodies for a hot cocoa bar.  And don’t forget the train tickets to punch out!

One last important thing, we put a “North Pole box” in the deep freezer right before the movie starts.  Inside is a jingle bell ornament for the children.  By the time the movie is over, it should be cold.  🙂  I forgot to get a photo, but will this year.

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Walmart sells the cardboard crafts you can paint yourself, and I just love it when I find them!  You can paint them anyway you want! This train one worked out perfect to add for Polar Express night.  The black is a chalkboard sticker, so I can write anything I want on it.  🙂

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I made a conductor’s hat for Twinkle out of felt.  Boy! It is much harder than I had anticipated, lol.  Looks like it’s time for Twinkle to “have a shave.”  He’s had lots of use!

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You can make a train themed snack for movie time with graham crackers, gummies (optional), m&m’s, and whipped cream.  Cute, cute, cute! 🙂

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I popped these little train cupcake picks on top of some moonpie goodies their Nana had in her cookie jar.  😉  I was going to make cupcakes, but hey! If it’s already there…. haha

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Some chocolate covered spoons for hot cocoa…

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Putting their train clings on the window before the movie starts…

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This one is a little dark because we already had lights off for the movie to start.  Arrecina wanted to punch all the train tickets.

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Once the movie is almost over, Grandaddy quietly snuck out the back door, placed the North Pole box on the front porch, ring the door bell, and run back into the back like he had been there! lol…it was so funny, but the children were soooo surprised to have a box for them and inside is their own COLD jingle bell ornament, like it just came from the North Pole!  After their excitement settles down, they hang them on the tree.

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