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Bundoo’s Twelve Days of Christmas: Dr. Sara’s elf problem

At our house, bedtime means story time. We read at least one book a piece to our children, brush teeth, then finish up with the same book each night, “Goodnight Moon,” by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s been this way since very early in my eldest child’s infancy and hopefully will continue for at least a few more years.

Now that the holidays are upon us, I’ve been thinking about our family’s Christmas book traditions. By now we have accumulated a dozen or so books about the holidays, and each year I put them away with the decorations so they are fresh again after Thanksgiving.

A few years ago we decided to try out the now ubiquitous “The Elf on the Shelf.” The concept is cute enough, a box is delivered to your home one morning by Santa early in the season. When opened, it contains a book The Elf on the Shelf and a stuffed elf tucked behind plastic, where he can avoid little fingers. The story asks the family to name their elf and then goes on to explain how the elf works. Each night the elf flies off to the North Pole to report on household behaviors to Santa. By the time sleeping children wake up, the elf has magically reappeared somewhere in the house where it sits all the day long watching.

Cute right? Yup, and for all you right-brained people, this elf is downright clever. My Facebook feed is filled with other families’ silly little elves, bathing in a bathtub of marshmallows, lifting little marshmallow weights, fishing into a tub of marshmallows. Seems these elves like marshmallows. Unfortunately, our elf, as I have been told by my children, is BORING! Sure, he starts out in clever places, hanging upside down from the chandelier, trying to brush his teeth with a child’s toothbrush, but quickly he settles into very predictable locales. Shoot, he even picks the same spot two nights in a row sometimes.  And my kids have not realized it yet, but each year he comes just a few days later than the previous year.

Seems like this Christmas book tradition might not be a perfect fit for this mama, oops. Thankfully, as I write, I’m also searching Bundoo’s Pinterest page for ideas for my elf. Because the Bundoo elf is super clever and I know if ours can just follow his lead, my children will be delighted. In the meantime, we will also continue MY favorite Christmas book tradition, which is reading “The Night Before Christmas” only once on the night before Christmas. Happy holidays from my family to yours!

About Dr. Sara Connolly, Bundoo Medical Director

Dr. Sara Connolly is a pediatrician and Bundoo Childcare Expert.

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  1. The things we do for our kids! I’m happy to report only one “lazy” day so far.

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  2. I love the idea of the elf but man is it hard to remember for a whole month! Normally he comes on the 10th but my father in law told the girls he comes on the 1st this year for some reason, I just about died at the thought of 10 extra days! And I forget often and have limited choices because we have a 2 year old and 8 month old as well as the 10 and 8 year old. Our toddler is into everything and he has to be out of reach so he doesn’t lose his powers and he only stays in the living room…he is boring! This will be our last year until the little ones are older…any ideas for how to break that to the older girls without ruining Santa or the elf in general for them? Oh and my friend thinks he’s creepy too, something about the doll face and that he watches you all day long! Cracks me up!

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  3. I love your tradition of reading the Night Before Christmas only once! I think I might steal that idea! 😉

    I think I’m definitely in the minority here, but the Elf creeps me out a little. I can’t put my finger on why exactly, but it does. I’m sure I’d also end up being the lazy mom that just moves him around the house without any of the fun “ideas” like a game of hide-and-seek…”Crazy Elf hiding under the couch! Where will he show up next?!” Hahaha!

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    1. Could it be the elf’s face that creeps you out? Just sayin’…

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  4. My kids no longer believe in Santa nor the elf. Still each morning we look forward to what mess he’s gotten himself into. Only now we all take turns coming up with activities for him and the rest of us get to go looking for him around the house in the morning. I would say it’s even more fun and just as magical at this stage. 🙂

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  5. Dr. Sara! Seems like Bundoo is the answer for you too.

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    1. You bet! Have you seen our Pinterest page? It’s awesome!

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