1. I didn't want to pay $30 for a stuffed doll.
2. Move the thing every single night? Ain't nobody got time for that!
Well, maybe three reasons:
3. The thing is SOOOO creepy looking!
But Alas, like all wonderful (and twisted) aunties do, my sister thought it would be "fun-ny" to buy one for my kids. So I surrendered. Honestly, I secretly love it. Don't tell my sister. She got us a girl and we named her "Skate" because my son is into skateboarding now so, why not?
Skate gives me an excuse to unleash my little girl side and have some fun while watching my kids bubble with excitement. It's funny because my kids know Santa isn't real. They know the St. Nicholas story, they know we buy the presents, they know the North Pole is a myth, but every year they play along. It works for us. I would never be able to lie to my kids. I feel too silly. But we all wink at each other and play pretend about Santa just like we pretend with superheroes and Barbie dolls.
So for this season, along with the countdown activity, I will bare my own struggles with the infamous Elf on the Shelf.
I could hardly contain my excitement on Day 1. Sadly, I was completely not ready. I left my Countdown Calendar sacks in South Carolina when we went to visit my husband's family over Thanksgiving and I could only find 8 matching envelopes around the house. Our display was incomplete, but all we needed was Day 1. The good thing is that the only person who actually cares about the display is me. Everyone else just wants to have fun. Whew!
On Day 1 we read a book about the legend of the candy cane. I'd found this book at Books a Million a few weeks ago on clearance for $2. I thought it would be the perfect way to kick off the holiday since December 1st fell on a Tuesday, which is a late night for us due to various practices. I hadn't bought any candy canes, but my aunt sent them home with a few extras over the Thanksgiving weekend, so that's what they ate. They were delighted.
And I was just happy to snuggle with all of them while Daddy read us the book.
One of the highlights of that trip has to be when the kids met an elf who told them she met Skatie at Elf on the Shelf training camp. She described her to a T (brown hair, swooped to the side...) The kids were in shock. Lol!