By Sue Rodman
I’ve got a love/hate relationship with the elves. I resisted for years, even turning a blind eye when my son put out crackers and water, night after night in hopes that an elf would visit our house. I had to stick to my guns. No amount of screaming, crying or disappointed little faces would change my mind. I had too much to do in December and there is too much commercialism in the holidays anyway. No.
What Happens When Grandma Gets Involved
Sometimes no only means no until Grandma gets involved. One day I was lamenting to my cousin about the elf ‘situation’, when we had a little heavenly intervention from my Godmother, egged on by my Grandmother, who seemed to say “For goodness sake, give the poor boy an elf.” Since both my Godmother and my Grandmother had passed away, they spoke through my cousin saying “You know, I think we have one of those elves. My mom always had them on the shelf growing up. They’re a little creepy, but you can have them.” Yup, those are them, the creepy elves, also known as the Elf on the Shelf. And so my love/hate relationship with ‘those damn elves’ began.
For those that don’t know about the elves, and I’m surprised every year that I come across people who do not, there are two kinds of elves, the Elf on a Shelf, which just moves around each night and the Magic Elf which comes alive and creates mischief – to the children’s delight and the mother’s horror. Some rouge Elf on the Shelf elves get into mischief too, but technically, he’s supposed to just move around and report back to Santa how the kids are doing. Some elves arrive at Thanksgiving, and others don’t come until a week or two before Christmas. Ours arrive as late as possible or when I just can’t stand the begging anymore. Last year they hitched a ride with Santa and he delivered them when we went to get our picture taken. The photo I snapped of Santa giving my son the elves, is one reason I wished I had given into the request for the elves earlier with my older son.
We now have a house full of elves each December, and I have grown to enjoy some aspects of them. For instance, I really got into the elves trip to Walt Disney World last year. The hardest part about the elves is contemplating what mischief they might get into (and then cleaning it up afterwards). My husband doesn’t help here, and my pleas to get the older boys involved is usually met by “I don’t know what to do,” and a blank stare, so after a few nights I get kinda stumped. Here is some of the mischief we’ve witnessed, let me know what your elves have done. For Photos, join follow Field Trips with Sue on Pinterest.
- Take a bag of candy (from Halloween) and sat under the tree eating candy and watching the lights
- Invited all the house stuffed animals to a movie night (movies all over the place, popcorn everywhere)
- Made snow angels in flour
- TPed our Christmas tree
- Bring little gifts (candy, hair bows, pencils, paper, markers, etc)
- Emptied the tupperware drawer
- Switched lunches around
- Emptied clothes drawers
- Tried on all the coats in the closet
- Taken a bath in the kitchen sink (all the soap and shampoo got moved to the kitchen)
- Pooped in the toilet (M&M’s)
- Wrapped themselves
- Rolled the bedroom with yarn/TP
- Left crumbs all over the kitchen counters
- Gone on a joyride with all the house stuff animals. We found the car down the street on the way to the bus stop.
- Went fishing in the toilet for goldfish
- Wrote on my son, and the bathroom mirror
- Took all the bows and put them all over the bathroom
- Christmas eve night the elf hid several gifts and left notes about being good for the year
From Field Trips with Sue Readers….
- Our elves bake cookies leaving sprinkles for decorating.
- Our elves have been know to write notes on the mirrors.
- Our biggest surprise was when they (2) threw an elf party & our Christmas tree ended up on top of our coffee table. They were “rocking around the Christmas Tree”
- Our elf was in a hot air balloon this a.m.
- Ours stuck Christmas bows all over the toilet one day, turned the toilet water green
- Our elves had monster trucks invade the Christmas village, even made herself a skirt out or christmas ribbon! (So apparently she is a she)
What have your elves done? Send us a photo at sue (at) fieldtripswithsue.com.