Monday, December 10, 2012

Day Three Hundred Forty Five 2012

I think last Christmas was the first time I’d ever heard of The Elf On The Shelf. According to Wikipedia, once everyone goes to bed, the elf—which apparently sits on a shelf and spies on the kiddos all day long  (which supposedly encourages them to behave themselves so Santa will bring lots of presents)  flies back to the North Pole to report back to Santa about what activities, good and bad, took place throughout the day. Before the family wakes up each night, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides. By hiding in a new spot each morning around the house, the scout elf and the family play an on-going game of hide and seek. The original story was created in the 1960s but these shelf elves have been around since the fifties.
Neil and I have had this kind of creepy and crazed looking elf for as long as I can remember, and Neil insists of dragging it out every Christmas. Last year, grandson Elijah noticed it, so Neil started moving it around when Elijah wasn’t looking. At one point during our family Christmas dinner, the elf ended up sitting right beside Elijah at the table. Needless to say, it freaked him out. But, as freaked out as he was, the first thing Elijah asked about when Christmastime rolled around again this year was the elf. He saw it sitting on the shelf after school this afternoon. And it freaked him out all over again. But he’ll be looking for it tomorrow. Who knows where it will be sitting next. Waiting. And watching.


Jane said...

That's so cute! People really have fun with those elves. I like your crazed, creepy elf, my self! I hope Elijah has fun with him! :) (and you guys, too!)

Kelly said...

I had forgotten how mentally unstable your elf looked. Yikes!! That would scare me too. Thank goodness you didn't torment us when we were Elijah's age.
Lots of people on FB posting their elves in various spots...some are pretty creative. Have fun tormenting!! May have to burn that thing when Knox gets older. Eek.

Ann S. said...

That is one creepy looking elf! No wonder Elijah was freaked out. I've seen some great pictures on FB with these elves. I should do that to Terry :0)