Last year, my mother-in-law got us our very own Elf on the Shelf.
And last year, Buddy, our elf, scared the ever loving life out of Scorch. All it took was moving Buddy one time and Scorch was over it. This elf was freaky and Scorch was scared witless over the fact he “moved” when we were all sleeping. After two nights in a row of Scorch having nightmares about elves sneaking into his room, Buddy went back to the North Pole for the year.
This year, we brought Buddy out with some trepidation and re-introduced him to the kids. They love that elf**, but he’s making my life a living hell.
According to the story book that came with Buddy, the Elf moves around each night to a new spot in order to observe the kids from a new place each day. The problem is I keep forgetting to move him. There is nothing worse then Scorch waking up and wondering first thing why Buddy didn’t move yet.
I’ve fudged my way through this twice by explaining that since we don’t leave any lights on in our house at night, Buddy couldn’t see where he was going so he opted to wait until we all went to school/work. Scorch seems to be buying it. As for me, I’m just lucky Scorch can’t read the big “MOVE THE ELF!!!!!” sign I posted up on the mirror in my room.
**Oddly enough, the Bean loves the elf, but is still convinced Santa’s coming to our house next week for the express purpose of blowing on her belly button. She sobbed about just that while we were in line to see Santa this weekend and didn’t want anything to do with him.
Reagan had a similiar freak out about our Elf On The Shelf, and frankly, I had a hard time coming up with reasons that a tiny person moving about our house while we are sleeping is NOT creepy. I think the kid is on to something. She suggested that I “let him go.” She also admitted that she was afraid that she would be “crabby” and the Elf would tell Santa. I assured her that I would put the Elf back in thebox and that would prevent him from coming alive. The next day she decided that the Elf was the greatest thing and he’s been moving every night (so far we haven’t forgotten.) The first thing I hear in the morning is, “We have to gofind that Elf!” Not sure what changed her mind, but it’s been fun!