For those of us who happily embrace Elf on the Shelf, this may be your favorite time of year. You may have already thought through creative ways for your elf to “arrive” each morning, as your kids delightedly search each morning for his or her new surprise location. You may even have a full back story, with notes to and from Santa, and all that goes with that. If I am describing you, know that I am completely in awe of you, slightly jealous, and also hold a small amount of bitterness, since I can NEVER live up to the high standards that you set.
For those of us who angrily go through the motions, knowing that if we don’t, our kids will be bombarded with magical elves everywhere else, I say to you – I’m right there with you!
Last week, when I realized that Bob the Elf was MIA, lost in the recesses of my closet, or attic, or whatever ridiculous place that I put him last year so that he would be “easy to find” this year, I very deeply contemplated saying “NO” to the elf. Actually, my first response was to post on Facebook that Bob was MIA and receive tons of comments from friends that I LOVE for then very appropriately sharing their outrage and hatred of Elf on the Shelf…while also prepping to have their elves show up for their kids.
There were some great viral blogs running around. My favorite was on the Huffington post. I blog by Dynamom called Sorry, Kid. Elf on the Shelf Is Not Gonna Happen. I loved her honesty and courage. While it’s not “save the world” courage, it takes guts to stand up and say “NO” to the elf.
But, I caved when the questions began…
- November 27 (Day after Thanksgiving) – “Mom, when does Bob come back to visit?” “Gem, I don’t know. He just shows up when he’s ready.”
- November 29th – “Mom, Bob is coming to be with us, right?” “Payton, I am sure he is. Maybe he had a special Elf mission or something.” I then spent the day spent desperately searching the closet.
- November 30th – “Mom, did Bob ABANDON us!!!! Our class elf came today to watch up.” “Gem, Bob is definitely coming. I think he comes the 1st day of December. And where did you hear the word ‘abandon’ anyway?” Twenty minutes later: “Craig, think you need to buy an Elf on the Shelf on your way home from work!!!”
- December 1st – “Payton, Dominic! Bob is here! Bob is here!”
Yep, I caved! Bob returned to track the Sheehan household over the month of December. Wonder what he will see…or if he will move!