If you are wondering “why is she still going on about that blinking #ElfOnAShelf”, then you are not alone. Even I can’t quite believe it. But it’s happened. Our Elf On A Shelf was so good, it was an epic fail. And I am now paying the price due to my own inability to say ‘no’ to my wide eyed Little Button.
This time last year I flicked through all the clever Elf On A Shelf photos on social media…as you do. It was littered with the things so there was no escaping it. So much mischief made up by many a parent across the country, and they were all so hilarious captured moments. In truth, despite feeling utterly creeped out by that weird plastic elf face, it did seem like loads of fun.
So, I switched sides and decided to join camp #ElfOnAShelf for Christmas 2016.
By some miracle, before I committed to good ol’ plastic face, I spotted the cutest elves in town from Elf for Christmas and quickly snapped up a GIRL elf. Yes… it was a girl! Feeling extra lucky, I also added a special accompanying book, just to make sure I could pull this off. Because, let’s face it…how do you get a 4 year old to believe that a toy comes to life when she goes to bed, and reports to Father Christmas on all the goings on.
If you already read our blog, you will know that my Little Button wants to be a mermaid when she grows up. However, having said that she takes after her practical dad and will do her upmost to get to the bottom (and truth) of everything, including the magical stuff. She likes to see how things work in a science geek kind of way, so it’s pretty hard to pull the wool over her eyes.
But, for whatever reason, after a bit of seam spotting and label questioning, she fell for Elfie hook, line and sinker.
From the word go, Elfie was a winner. She got up to all sorts leading up to Christmas, and it was more giggle than work trying to come up with different things that she could get up to.
It wasn’t long before, by day, Elfie was a regular feature in Little Buttons make believe games. Sorry true Elf fans, but I did let my little one PLAY with Elfie during the day. It’s only a toy right. And what could go wrong?
Lots can go wrong!
Before I knew it, Little Button had worked herself up into a frenzy over Elfie going back to the North Pole. Oh good lord. She just wouldn’t be distracted from her cause. She even wrote a letter to Father Christmas asking him for Elfie to stay.
But then it happened.
She started to dread Christmas Eve as it was the night when Elfie would be going back to the North Pole.
What to do, what to do??
Yes I did.
I pretended to be Father Christmas and wrote back saying that Elfie could stay! What kind of deranged idiot would actually do that?? Well, it turns out that that would be ME.
Now I know what you are thinking. I should have said NO. I thought that too. But you know what, I came to the conclusion that the magic only truly lasts for so long. In a blink of an eye, Little Button will be having a laugh over the whole Father Christmas thing, along with thinking that it’s no longer a good idea to be a magical mermaid.
When that time comes, I want to be able to look back and fondly remember that I helped to make the magic of Christmas sparkle for her that bit brighter. Even if it does mean that I am going to be playing #ElfieOneAShelf all year… #Help.
Did you do Elf on a shelf this year? If so, what did you make of the whole experience?