Go ahead, you can admit it. That little Elf on the Shelf is evil looking. You just *know* he’s up to trouble. What? You don’t know who he is? Well my friend, you might just be one of the lucky ones during this holiday season.
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition came out in 2005 in a children’s book. The little Elf that comes with the book has a job between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. His main job is to watch over the household and report back to the North Pole nightly on if the people are naughty or nice. He comes back to the household by morning. There’s one important thing about the Elf. You don’t touch him as doing so will erase any Christmas magic that has been blessed upon him. Every morning that he comes back from the North Pole, people in the household find him in different places. But remember, it’s all magic!
Cute story idea huh? Sure it is. But, have you seen this Elf? Look to the left. Shivers – he’s kind of a got a look in those eyes that makes you not want to turn your back to him. And the idea of having him watching ‘over’ your household and reporting back to Santa every night, that’s kind of eerie. It’s great on one hand when small children are in the home. They walk the line with this little guy around. I’m not sure if they are afraid of getting caught being naughty or if they are just plain scared of the psycho Elf. He kind of reminds me of clowns… and that makes me want to run to my bedroom and hide under my toddler bed.
But I digress. We have a Elf on the Shelf at the Hotel Thompson. Mom insists on dragging him out of the attic (great place for him all year) for Christmas. There’s no kids here unless you count us anipals and daddy. But mom insists. Every Thanksgiving, Elffie comes out and the story book is read. And the good thing about these elves, you get to name yours. Don’t ask me why because I believe it has to be a twist on a twist but ours is named Don Juan. How ironic huh?
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m afraid of that little six inch freak and so are the purr things. We have had our moments of trying to ‘kidnap’ him and finish him off to no avail. And supposedly Santa Claus has bestowed Christmas magic on him so he moves around the Hotel Thompson. Yesterday morning, I woke up in my toddler bed and he was sleeping beside me looking at me with that mystic face. I squealed so loudly that I think I woke up our neighbors. That little misfit needs to stay out of my room thank you very much. And, it’s not just me he’s doing stuff with. Hemi, one of the purr things here, woke up the day before with that little creature asleep on his back. Hemi hissed to the high heavens and swatted at it with his big paw.
And, our friends – snorts. They are going through the same thing this time of the year with their ‘magical’ elves. One of dad’s buddies got up one morning, stumbled to the bathroom and took a shower. When he looked up, their little voyeur elf was watching him over the shower curtain. Talk about a psycho moment.
The same household as the shower episode, the next day the man’s wife found their little elf in her lingerie drawer. WTP (what the pig!) No wonder people walk on eggshells around the holidays with these little monsters running rampid.
So tell me, do you have a mischievous little elf in your house during the holidays? Is he getting into trouble or is he behaving (which I would find very strange). I’m thinking that all of these elves are cloned in the same factory of trouble. Perhaps us anipals need to ban together and write a letter to the Elf Union. These guys are trouble – I’m telling you TROUBLE.