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!