Hey Parents, One Celeb Has Your Elf on the Shelf Game Beat

Actress Busy Philipps is bringing it this season – and making us wish we were her kids

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MOM ON A MISSION

MOM ON A MISSION
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"LET THE ELF GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!" Busy Philipps posts to Instagram on Dec. 2. And boy, have they begun. The mom of two, who floored us with her awesome Elf on the Shelf creativity last year, is at it again this season, delighting daughters Cricket, 17 months, and Birdie, 6, with all sorts of antics. First up? Small gifts from the elves (they were a day late in arriving to the star's home, whoops!) and one very apologetic note.

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HAVE YOUR CAKE …

HAVE YOUR CAKE
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… only if you can bake it! The elves cause a little mischief later on Dec. 2, breaking into Mom's "good cake flour."

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PARTY PEOPLE

PARTY PEOPLE
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"Tonight before bed, Birdie put out some doll furniture for the elves 'in case they needed a break,'" Philipps posts on Dec. 4. How sweet, right? Not so fast. "They threw a house party instead," she reveals in a second shot. "I do not even know what to say about this situation."

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MUSIC MAKERS

MUSIC MAKERS
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The creative juices keep flowing on Dec. 5, as the elves leave the girls a note in faux snow and play them to sleep with a song.

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COME FLY WITH ME

COME FLY WITH ME
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Houston, we have a problem: "The elves decided to fly a plane thru our stairwell tonight!" Philipps writes on Dec. 6.

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GAME ON

GAME ON
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Dec. 8 brings the "elf races" in the Cougar Town star's kitchen. We wonder who won – though honestly, Instagram followers are the real winners in this whole scenario.

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A DRESS TO IMPRESS

A DRESS TO IMPRESS
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"Breaking out the sewing machine to finish the girls Christmas dresses?! Oh elves, you are too kind," Philipps posts on Dec. 9, following up with pics of the little guys hard at work on the sewing machine and on

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SO SWEET

SO SWEET
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Dec. 10's set-up – cute cookies! – comes with a lot more than a little sugar. "How do we help kids to believe in magic for as long as possible? How do we help ourselves keep magic in our lives? I know it seems dumb to some people or too much. But I love these elves. I love the look on Birdie's face every morning. And I just hope that even after she has an understanding of what's REAL, she will still believe in magic," the loving mom writes.

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HIP TO IT

HIP TO IT
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These elves are so modern! "Last night, the elves took a 'sELFie' with Birdie while she was sleeping and then put it on our chalkboard. They tried to take one with Cricket but she kept waking up so they abandoned that idea," Philipps shares on Dec. 11.

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TREAT YOURSELF

TREAT YOURSELF
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Hey Busy, how do we get in on a delicious game of "marshmallow and fondant Tic-tac-toe" like your elves did on Dec. 14? (P.S. Find more amazing Elf on the Shelf ideas here!)

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ON THE MOVE

ON THE MOVE
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Cue the theme song: "There's some Mission Impossible Elf happening tonight," Philipps writes on Dec. 17 as the elves get into spy mode.

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READ THIS

READ THIS
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Philipps keeps things decidedly simple on Friday night, Dec. 19. "The elves decided to take it easy last night and curl up with some good books," she writes.

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UP IN THE AIR

UP IN THE AIR
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But Dec. 20 brings something extra-special: a hot air balloon ride!

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SACK IT TO ME

SACK IT TO ME
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"Elves had sack races last night," Philipps shares on Dec. 22. "Birdie pointed out this morning that the girl elf always wins, which is true."

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SNOW WORRIES

SNOW WORRIES
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With Christmas getting closer, the elves kick it into high gear on the night of Dec. 22, going sledding on "our cozy blankets in the playroom." Wheee!

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WASH OUT

WASH OUT
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The elves' Dec. 22 adventures look slightly dangerous! "I forgot to post what the elves were up to last night," Philipps writes. "They took a tumble in our dryer! Looked like fun, too …"

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THE FINALE

THE FINALE
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On Dec. 23, "the elves built a skating rink in our front hallway!" Philipps writes. And the little guys must've liked what they saw: The next night, the family's tree was packed with presents.

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