About a week before Christmas I found him sitting on the wreath where I'd left him weeks ago. It's pretty bad when you can't even keep track of a little Elf in your house. But I was glad that I didn't find his dead elf carcass because he cost me 29.99 and that's a lot of money to pay for a dog toy.
This year I started hearing rumors of Elf on the Shelf calendars and that PINTEREST was where to go to get Elf on the shelf ideas. These are the CUTEST ideas I've ever seen-little Elf's in a bubble bath, a little Elf flying across the room, an Elf with a stick roasting marshmallows over a battery operated candle. There are even whole Pinterest boards devoted to "naughty" Elf on the shelf ideas.
Pinterest had me at the elf in a bubble bath. I was in. And then I wasn't. Once you step foot into this Elf territory there's no way you can go back to just hanging him from different door knobs in your house. OR lose him for 2 weeks. Could I commit to reenacting fanciful elf scenarios for the next 10 years or so? How would I top the Elf in the bathtub scene?
In the end my Pinterest obsession won out. I set up a calendar with a bunch of fantastic Elf ideas and bought mini and jumbo sized marshmallows.
Week one: I am not nearly as good at the Elf scenarios as the pictures I've seen online. They all look vaguely disturbing. Luckily for me, the Biscuit is in love with the Elf. Some of the kids at his preschool have elves who have come to their house weeks ago. He's excited that his house wasn't passed by.
|Supposed to be Elf lifting marshmallow weight.|
Week three: Thanks to a note praising good behavior, the Elf is back in the Biscuit's good graces. I accidentally placed the Elf in the same place twice which has led the Biscuit to decide we have 2 elves. He spends his days trying to find both of them. It gives me more time to read and prep for the Holidays.
Week four: I'm Elfed out. Twice this week I had to rush in the morning to move Elf. He's back to hanging on doorknobs and once I just threw him on the Biscuit's bed. I'm going to save the rest of the Elf ideas for next year. Biscuit also saw a huge display of Elf on the Shelf boxes at Target. He asked if we BOUGHT our Elf. I know that we will keep seeing the boxes so I admit that we did. I said that Santa packages these little elves and people can buy them. Santa knows that people might freak out if a small elf just showed up in their home. I didn't realize that parenting could involve so many lies on the fly. Elf left our house on Christmas eve leaving us with a box of comfy pajamas and a movie. I've got until next year to hone my elf skills.
Do you do the new Elf tradition, what is your favorite thing you've done with Elf? I'd love to hear about it below.