Now that my daughter is in pre-school, every friend, family, and co-worker asks me the same question...
"Are you doing Elf on the Shelf?!"
Each person that asks me has wide eyes and excitement in their voice. Each person assumes I will say,
and we can share with each other the adventures that [Insert your Elf on the Shelf's name here] Buddy/Elfie/Charlie/Jingle/Fred/Jack/Snowflake/Max/Jolly/Rob will be going on over the next month. However, when I tell them,
"No, not this year.",
their faces sadden and it is as if I had sucked out all of the joy for the holiday season.
Let me explain.
1. My daughter has never asked for Elf on the Shelf, so what she doesn't know won't hurt her.
2. It looks like a lot of work. I see all of my friends post on Facebook and Pinterest each morning the trouble the Elf got into the night before. Whether it is a joy ride with Barbie, a marshmallow fight with G.I. Joe, hang gliding from the ceiling, or getting flour all over the kitchen after making cookies. I prefer lounging on the couch vegging in front of Hulu all night over making sure the Elf doesn't get into too much trouble.
3. It is kind of pricey. When I looked up the price on-line for an Elf on the Shelf, it was more than $30 for the intro kit.
"But my kids are on their best behavior all month long. I can get them to do whatever I want while the Elf is watching."
Suddenly, I am the one that is wide-eyed and full of excitement.
"What? Best behavior? All month? Can get them to do anything? Like go to bed on time? Or get dressed on time each morning?"
But wait, before I am committed to the Elf on the Shelf, I ask,
"What happens if I forget about the Elf one night?"
With a consoling gesture, the parents nod,
"Oh, that happens, and you will be surprised with how many excuses you can come up with."
Ok, maybe I have had a change of heart. Maybe we will bite the bullet and start it this year. I imagine there will be a few nights where Elf will fall asleep on the couch watching Hulu, but Elf just might have a few adventures after all.
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