And, we got away with not doing The Elf on the Shelf for several calm years! Whew!
Enter 1st grade and Jack's 1st year teacher. Jinx the Elf is staying in Jack's classroom until winter break. She sent home a note introducing Jinx and his role in their classroom. Jack was excited and told us all about Jinx moving around the classroom all day, can you believe it, he only moved when they were away! I started getting a knot in my stomach knowing what Jack was going to ask. And he did.
"Mom, why hasn't an Elf ever visited us?"
"Um, I think you need to write a letter to Santa asking for one." Here I am, lying to my child.
"Oh, lets write one right now!" Gets out paper, pen, and starts writing his little heart out. He even mailed it.
So, I go buy an Elf, not THE PREMIER ELF, but a cute one, a cousin of Jinx, since they don't look exactly alike. The first day our Elf appeared, he brought with him Christmas plates and bowls, along with a note from Santa. The note is one I found on Pinterest
|The kids thought he was the coolest ever being up there! Dinner was interesting because they kept wondering if he would jump down!|
|Hanging out by our sink today and doing some stretches! Oh Elliot!|