Make most of it yourself.
Elves make things, so when decorating for Elfmas, it is custom to create many of the decorations yourself. As stated in the Introduction to Elfmas, those who aren’t “crafty” can still participate. It’s more the effort and intent that counts here.
I started up this holiday decorating extravaganza with a new tree topper. Every year, I am underwhelmed by tree toppers. As a kid, I usually had some creepy angel looking down at me. As an adult, I settled with a light up star. This year, I created the glorious Sparkling Pretzel of Elfmas. I chose the pretzel after seeing news articles about the “ugly” Reading, PA Christmas tree, which had a pretzel topper. There seemed to be so much outrage about that poor pretzel, that I wanted to prove that a pretzel could be quite a lovely tree topper. It may not be acceptable for a Christmas tree, but since Elfmas is all about creativity and happiness, it made a wonderful Elfmas tree topper. This little guy was hand sewn and stuffed, then covered with a sparkling rhinestone “salt” layer. Definitely the best tree topper I’ve ever had.
Then I needed a wreath. Elfmas doesn’t have specific colors like Christmas does. You make it what you want, whatever colors make you feel happy. My colors are white and green. The tree was white, the ornaments and topper were green. The wreath naturally had to fit the color scheme. I couldn’t quite find a pre-made wreath with the correct Elfmas greens, so I made one inspired by a more drab version I saw in a store. It was bright and cheery, with three bells in the center to represent the three elves inside the house.
To commemorate my first Elfmas, I made tiny green pretzel ornaments to give. I figured if the pickle gained fame as a Christmas ornament, the pretzel will have zero problem becoming a celebrated Elfmas ornament.
Of course, to celebrate properly, one must dress the part. Whether just a hat or a full uniform, one must BE an elf. I was able to knock out a pretty cute elf costume this year. Next year, I’ll hopefully have one for myself. Although, I’m not sure I need it, as I have been asked if I am an elf on multiple occasions.
Cheers to many more years of making and sharing!