Ok- raise your hand if you, too, thought this elf would be such a fun tradition for the holidays and now you are dreading pulling it out yet another time and coming up with 32+ “activities” or hiding places for your elf? Seriously- kudos to the person that thought of this idea and was able to convince all of us naive parents that it would be a super great tradition. Lies.
Or maybe you are one of the few that love the Elf and all the “fun” it has to offer. Do you really exist?
At our house- we forget to move him. (Buddy- our elf’s name is Buddy #creative). We really just move him around and it’s a fun “where is Buddy” game every day. But we haven’t had any reprieve. We have had the elf since Aiden and Lu were little… and the way it’s worked out- it has rolled right into the Knox and the twins. I seriously think we are on year 8 or 9 of this thing. No joke. (It was created in 2005). Let me tell you how fun it was on those sleepless nights with the twins realizing the damn elf didn’t move. Enter Aiden. That kid has saved us SO many times. And yes- this year Lucy was on the mad hunt for Buddy when we realized we didn’t know what box he was in from the move. “Hey Lu- not sure if you know or not, but Buddy isn’t real and we need your help finding him.” Her: “duh”. After two days of hunting, Jeremy headed to Kohls and we now have a Buddy #3.
(Buddy #1 met his unfortunate death when we had him eating popcorn and watching the movie ELF when Lucy was little and Rockne ate his face off. Seriously picture our faces… we left Buddy face down in the bowl of popcorn all day- went up to tuck them in for bed and come down and the elf has no face… the popcorn was also gone. I can not even begin to tell you the middle of the night panic trying to replace the elf without a face… Jeremy going to every store was open and sending me pictures on our Razors (did they even take pictures??) and trying to find the one with exactly the right hair color. Thankfully our secret was safe for many years… we finally just broke the news to her this year. She was slightly devastated.)
But here we go again… another year of hiding the elf every night until the glorious morning of Christmas when most people are excited about presents and time together with family- we’re holding up our Christmas mimosas in the air to a break from having to scramble to hide the elf.
For total selfish reasons- I created a Virtual Elf Planning party on Facebook this year. 100% selfish. I need all the ideas. Although- one of my amazing neighbors ordered Reindeer from their elf last year!! Seriously!! Real Reindeer! In their front yard! Amazing! And another had their elf break their leg, and therefore be in a cast so they couldn’t move for a few weeks #genius.
Buddy is back though- and he will be back for at least a few years. (or if the little ones are anything like Lucy- we have 8 more years of the Elf. *insert favorite cuss word*)
I have included my Elf on the Shelf Calendar for you all. #yourewelcome. Nothing fancy- but each day is split in half so the top half is for the idea and the second half is for supplies needed. This way, if you are lucky enough to have helpers like me- you can all be on the same page and not have to guess what the elf does next. Because it’s all about taking the stress out of the holidays, right? *insert spontaneous laughter*
If you forget to move your elf, someone else (probably just like me) has created a list as to why the elf didn’t move. Check it out HERE
And for those of you that were smart enough to have never introduced the elf into your house- I raise my mimosa to you.