Confession: I’m not a Pinterest mom. Okay, you most likely already knew that. Between working, blogging, and general life responsibilities all moms have, I just don’t have
a ton of any time on my hands. Well, that lack of time magnifies around Christmas; there’s just so much to do. But in spite of that, yes – we do Elf on the Shelf and yes, my kids love it. Our elf’s name is Francisco (inspired by a scene from “Elf” – bonus points if you can guess which one!). But see, Francisco isn’t a creative or mischievous elf. And, he’s not a huge snitch either. We use him for fun and magic but not really as something to scare my children (but we’ve tried in desperation, of course). Francisco moves at night but that’s the extent of his shenanigans. My kids don’t wake up to some crazy scene; they find joy in simply trying to find him, and that works for me because trying to keep up with Pinterest Mom is a level of commitment that I just can’t accept; I don’t need that kind of stress in my life.
That said, even with the very limited amount of work involved with our Elf on the Shelf situation, I confess that I
sometimes often forget to move him. Sometimes I can fly out of bed in the morning and make it happen before my 4 year old comes downstairs; other times I have to bite the bullet and leave him in place… and then think on my feet for an excuse.
This year I forgot to move him on the very first night. (Doh!) When A asked why he was in the same spot I said: Oh, Honey, Francisco always stays on the first night; he likes to hang back to see what happens at our house when everyone is sleeping; he’s gotta check out the situation. She bought it. Whew.
Other excuses I’ve used are:
- Silly, Francisco! He got so tired and fell asleep before he could go back home! What a sleepy head!
- You were up way too late and he didn’t have time to get there and back once you finally fell asleep.
- Your sister woke up last night and so he couldn’t leave because she was awake!
- Oh no! He’s stuck! Let’s find a way to get him loose without touching him! Tongs work great for this.
I always end each excuse with, Isn’t he so silly?! And she laughs and agrees that he is. Sweet E gets excited when she finds him but is too young to ask questions, yet, so it’s mostly my fournado that I have to answer to.
Here are a few extra reasons I’ve heard from other moms:
- The elves in the North Pole are sick and he didn’t want to catch what they have.
- You didn’t have a very good day yesterday and so he wanted to give you another chance to be a good girl and obey before he headed back to see Santa.
- He heard there was a storm coming and didn’t want to get stuck in the rain.
So tell me, what are some of the reasons your elf doesn’t move? I might need to borrow some!
PS – If you read this and now think I’m a terrible person for lying to my kids, you might be right. But, it’s all in good fun and they love it. One day I will find a way to lovingly explain to them that Francisco and Santa are pretend but Jesus and Christmas are real. I’m sure there’s lots of Pinterest moms out there to help with that. 😉