Friday, December 12, 2014

Elf on the Shelf

One of Jared's coworkers told me about the Elf on the Shelf at last year's Christmas party.  I asked Santa to send us one.  He arrived about a week before Thanksgiving.  Our elf's name is Peter, and it is his job to watch Luke and Micah and report back to Santa each night to let Santa know if they have been naughty or nice.  Hopefully Santa will be pretty forgiving because Peter has seen a lot of interesting things and been privy to some interesting conversations such as, "Micah, I've told you time and again.  YOU CAN'T PEE IN THE DRAIN OUTSIDE!  YOU NEED TO COME INSIDE AND USE THE TOILET!"  One time Luke was doing something he's not supposed to and I told him, "Peter can see you!"  Luke just replied, "No he can't.  He's looking the other way."  It's true.  He was looking the other way.  So even though the motivation might not be all it could be, it's still fun to find Peter each morning.  And the conversations about Peter have been very fun.  Luke wants to know how he moves around and how he gets out of the house and how he comes back in.  What does Peter eat?  What does Peter do while we're gone?  Etc, etc, etc.  So if you don't have an elf and your kids are old enough to get it, then get one.  Pretty fun!

1 comment:

Nathan said...

It seems nobody told you the negatives about the elf:
1. He has to find a new place to move to every night (with pressure to be creative). Fun for about 3 days and then gets real old real fast
2. Your child might start writing him notes and expects notes in return. I guess it is good writing practice, but heaven forbid the elf forgets to respond and you have to deal with the aftermath
3. Your child might become emotionally attached to the cute and visable elf in a way that unseen Santa can only dream of. This opens up a lot of chances for disapointment (and possible emotional scarring).

so...have fun with your elf. If you want a second one, I know of one who may just be looking for a new family next year...