Yes, we’ve got one. His name is Steve. He’s set up shop since Thanksgiving Day when he arrived at my parents house (yes, they have a “Steve”, too. When we first started this thing two years ago, the kids spent half their time over there since my mom watched them and we figured it was only fitting).
But, this year just seems different to me.
I can’t seem to get behind it all. You know, the whole commercializing of it (I know, I know. That’s how it started in the first place). But come on, reindeers for pets now? And whole entire wardrobes?! And gifts given to the kids from their elf almost every single day?! Nope. Not doing it.
I was almost tempted to not even put Steve out this year, but the kids love him. & they are still just 5 and 7 and believe in the magic of it all. I can’t deny that.
Our elf though? He might pull a few tricks here or there. He will wear a sweater with an S sewn onto it that my mom crocheted for him last year on those days when the weather decides to drop. Maybe he’ll show up with a little something for them before the big guy arrives. & by little something I mean, like a new coloring book or some Christmas socks.
& just in case you wanted some ideas on how we do Elf on the Shelf around these parts, here you go.
Steve likes to do fun things like this, from last year. Maybe he’ll drum up some new chalkboard wall fun this year, too!