Ok guys, it’s November and that means it’s time to start planning the return of your magical, sometimes annoying, elf on the shelf.
We’ve been making memories with our elf, Jameson (Yes, like the whiskey. Can you tell us adults named him?) for about three years now. The kids absolutely LOVE him and I love how excited they get about the return of their mischievous friend but I’ll be honest, it’s not easy to come up with almost a month of elaborate shenanigans EVERY night. Sometimes I forget to set my “elf alarm” (Yup!) and sometimes I’m just already in bed and really don’t feel like getting up to move the bugger.
A quick search through Pinterest and you’ll see there are enough ideas on there for you to plan your elf’s tricks until your kids are off to college, so I’ve decided to give you the opposite.
A plan for when your mom brain takes over and you totally forget that you wanted to make elfie a parachute to jump off the roof and get caught in the bushes, or for when you’re finally in bed, Netflix and chilling and just can’t even. Here are my go to excuses for when Jameson stays on the shelf (sometimes all week)
1- He’s not feeling well, Let’s get the thermometer to check his temperature and let him rest.
2- He fell asleep waiting for you to go to bed.
3- He didn’t want to make any noise last night because he knew you needed a good night’s rest.
4- He got distracted last night watching Christmas movies
5- Santa was late dropping him off, he got back right before you woke up.
6- He heard someone getting out of bed last night so thought he better not move.
7- He’s stuck! He must have had some glue left on him from helping Santa at his workshop.
8- He tricked you! He moved around and then came back to the same spot because he thought you wouldn’t look there again.
9- There was bad weather last night so he decided to stay in.
10- I can see crumbs on the counter, he must have ate too much and then got a tummy ache.
Sometimes, if I’m out of ideas or I’m just not feeling it I’ll hide Jameson for a few days and tell the kids he had to help Santa at the north pole. Gives me a little break and also gets them excited again for when he gets back!
Even though this tradition is a lot of work and can sometimes get annoying, I love how happy and excited the kids get about it every year! I’m happy we added some extra Christmas magic with Jameson the elf. I’m sure I’ll miss him when the kids get older but hey, maybe I’ll pull him out from time to time during the holiday season and have a drink or two with him. Of course, the one he’s named after! 😉
Have any ideas to add to the list? Let me know in the comments!
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