Why our house needed an “Elf on the Shelf” this Christmas

It was one of those things we said we’d never do once we became parents. Yet there I was coming home from the store with a box.

“You’re probably not going to like what I did.” I told my husband as he rolled his eyes.

Let me introduce you to Frosty, our Elf on the Shelf.

Frosty joined our family on Black Friday and he was just what we needed to help brighten up 2020.

For those who aren’t familiar with an Elf on the Shelf, let me fill you in. It’s a scout elf sent by Santa to watch over boys and girls and report back to him. If they are being good, he flies back to Santa at night (thanks to elf magic) to give his report and returns the next morning usually in a different silly spot. If the kids are not being good, the elf can’t move and must stay in place until the child or children are behaving.

So why didn’t we feel we needed an elf? Because Santa is always watching. So why do we need someone keeping an extra eye (and giving mom and dad something else to worry about during an already hectic time of year?

Well about a year or so ago my son started asking why he didn’t have an elf visiting him and his friends did. He wanted to know if he was being bad. Like any mom that comment just broke my heart. Of course he wasn’t. He was very good. Luckily for me, his classroom had a visiting scout elf and this got us by at least until this year.

I knew the question would come up again. Why didn’t we have one? I also knew that with the uncertainty of 2020 we may not be able to visit Santa like we usually do. Hence, Frosty started making his daily visits to our house and it’s just what we needed this Christmas.

Each morning both my kids wake up and can’t wait to see where Frosty is or what he’s doing.

They draw him pictures and write him notes. They talk to him. He in turn occasionally leaves them little presents like a coloring book or an ornament to decorate for their tree.

My husband has even got in on the fun suggesting and helping design creative things for Frosty to do.

While his presence may not be forcing them to behave any better or worse during this time of year, it is helping them believe in the magic of the season which is something I think we can agree we all need this year.

If your family has an Elf please feel free to drop a comment or picture below with some the crazy things he or she has done around your house.


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