The Elf On The Shelf is a tradition that….
drives parents crazy!
Sure this guy/gal is loveable to the children it watches over so carefully. However, it is also almost irresistable to the sticky fingers that so desperately want a tangible way to interact with Santa!
As we all know from the CAPTIVATING Elf On The Shelf move, our children, sadly, cannot tough their elves lest they lose the magic that allows them to fly home to Santa each night. So what are parents to do when tiny fingers won’t listen?
We came across this problem when our Elf, Huckleberry Snow, made a particularly funny appearance for my daughter’s birthday.
The little jerk made chocolate turds in my wine glass!
Of course, my 4 and 2 year old couldn’t resist sneaking all the chocolate on the table. Totally understandable. However, when my four year old picked up the elf to pop more of his poops into his mouth…I called a halt and reminded him that Huckleberry Snow would lost his powers now.
Selfish/Stealing Child = Dead Elf
Why did I say that!? How was the elf going to lose his powers? I wanted to make my point about taking things without asking and also avoid breaking all their tiny hearts!
The solution? The elf turned up the next morning…
That’s right. He propped himself on a cot on our tree and prominently displayed his bandaged leg to my kids.
He came complete with a letter from Santa:
My son felt so bad that he insisted on baking our elf cookies to help him feel better and asked for in writing an apology letter. my other children chimed in as well and helped bring huckleberry Snow extra Christmas cheer while he recovered!
Best of all?
we got a 3 night break from remembering the elf!
Have your kids ever touched the Elf?
Our children’s teachers are not just educators. They are a part of our kids’ daily lives and a part of their hearts. In fact, for many people, their kids see more of their teacher on any given day than they do their parents! For all their hard work, their patience, their devotion and personal and monetary contributions, teachers deserve recognition and appreciation from all of us. However, The holidays can be a difficult time of year for many parents. For us, with 4 kids in school and an already tight budget, it’s hard to find an appropriately appreciative gift that also fits our monetary constraints. Therefore, we often make gifts for our teachers. Here is a list of the best homemade gifts for teachers and school staff!
I love this idea from HymnsAndVerses.com. If you can find out the favorite book of your childs’ teacher you can order it used for only a few dollars. Or you can simply go the thrift store and pick up a book for a dollar or two! Bam! You spent less than $5 for a gift that shows a love for reading and for the teacher who taught you how!