My son has a love/hate relationship with the Elf on the Shelf. He loves the idea that our elf, who is named “DeeDee-DeeDee” (don’t ask), watches the kids all day long, and then reports back to Santa. However, he hates that DeeDee-DeeDee moves each night. My son wakes up in the morning, and needs me to go out into the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc with him, until that dang elf is found. Last year, he talked about DeeDee-DeeDee all year long, saying that he was scared of him, and wasn’t sure that he wanted the elf to come at all. My husband and dad thought we should just bury the elf (not literally of course) but my mom and I had the idea that a letter from Santa would come and reassure Kieran that DeeDee-DeeDee was his friend. So, the elf is back again.
(Side note–my 3 year-old daughter is immune to all of this. She springs out of bed in the morning, running to find DeeDee-DeeDee, and is always warning anyone who comes over, “Don’t touch the elf, he’ll lose his magic!”)
Short story long, I’m never quite sure what to do with the Elf on the Shelf. That was until I got the following [Read more…] about Elf on the Shelf: New Ideas for an Old Trick