The sole reason that we have to buy an Elf on the Shelf for the kids is so that Olivia will stop ruining kids lives touching their elves. The first time was innocent enough, our cousin was only three and didn’t realize that she was taking away the magic when Olivia grabbed it off of the counter and proceeded to try and dress it up. The second time though? Her friend was old enough to know what was going on and came running upstairs telling the parents that Olivia was touching the elf.
She tried to deny it, but the Elf in her hand gave it away.
To make matters worse, her little four year old self gave her friend a skeptical look stating that ‘uh, he’s only a toy’. Oh, her poor friend. He was momentarily as devastated as a three year old could be.
Oh, Olivia. You get a new tagline: Wreaking Havoc since 2009.
I’ve been against the Elf on the Shelf. I think it’s a magical, fun idea but during the holidays things are insane, there are advent crafts to do, there are family members to visit, there are dinners with friends, there are holiday events, Christmas movies and much, much more.
I didn’t want to have to add in something else to add to the ‘things to do while the kids are sleeping list’ because I would likely forget to move it and Olivia would come to the conclusion that our elf died of a Zombie attack or some other kind of catastrophic death.
But, the good person that I am, we’re taking the plunge compliments of Grandma. The elf is going to come here and
scare kids into behaving bring holiday fun for the two weeks leading up to Christmas.
And? Hopefully my kid won’t be the Christmas ruiner anymore.