Thursday, December 8, 2011

Our Elf on the Shelf is Defunct!

Like just about everyone else with kids under the age of 18, we started the Elf on the Shelf tradition last year.  Only we seem to have gotten a bad elf.  The legend says that the elf is supposed to fly to the North Pole every evening to report to Santa, and then return before daylight in a new location.  Our elf, Tulley?  Downright lazy.  In fact, he doesn't seem to bother flying to the North Pole half the time.  And then I get a lot of questions when a certain 5 year old wakes up to find Tulley in the same spot as the night before.

Mom, why is Tulley still there?
Uhhhhhh....maybe he has a cold.  Yes, he couldn't fly to the North Pole last night because he was sick and needed to rest.  See how his cheeks look a little flushed?
Is he okay?!?!  Mom, how will he get up there if he's sick?!
Well, I'm sure Santa will send him some magic to make him feel better.
But if Santa can send him magic why didn't he go see Santa last night?

No good, low-lying elf.  See what he is putting me through?  Just this ONE LITTLE THING.  Is it too much to ask the he remember to relocate each evening?   
Preferably not in places so high that involve throwing missiles the next evening to get him down....

Ah, that's better.  Watch out Tulley.  If you don't stop loafing on the job, we may have to return you for a new elf.  I've heard elf competition is pretty stiff these days!

This post linked with The Mommyhood Chronicles 

39 comments:

Jill said...

Very, very funny!

andy said...

I tell you its hard to find a good elf theses days!!

Sarah (Nikki) said...

LoL...what a great fun tradition. My youngest would love that.

Jeremi said...

ha : ) we haven't put fred charles out yet ..... for the realistic possibility of that sort of thing happening over here a lot too : ) i always enjoy seeing pics of your house, it's so beautiful, spacious and cozy looking.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

If I found a nice warm stocking, I would want to stay there too.

Melodie said...

That is cute!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Tulley seems to be at home with yall! Maybe that is why he is loafing....Funny story

My Journey With Candida said...

What a cute tradition! I had never heard of it before.

Melissa at Tall Blonde said...

Haha! Funny!

QB @ Tales from Domestic Obscurity said...

We have been complete dropouts with the elf on the shelf this year. I had the book out but then used it to take some photos...and now can't find it. So while we have the elf, I think we are going to pass on it this year. It makes me tired just thinking about doing it all :).

warren said...

The stocking in the last pic...I had that same one as a kid though I swear my Grandma made it. Is yours homemade? Same era I guess...

Sally said...

How cute! Yep, he better behave himself! :)

TexWisGirl said...

oh my goodness, this was the funniest thing i've read so far today!!! thanks, lisa!!! what a crackup!

Sandy said...

This is the first year that I have heard of the elf on the shelf thing and it seems like everyone is doing it. Hmmmmm, wonder if it would work for my dogs :)

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Hahaha!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I thank God we never went there. No elf here.

tipper said...

Cute tradition-I've never heard of it before-but my girls would have loved it when they were little : )

You forgetting reminds me of all the times I forgot the tooth fairy was supposed to visit : )

Ginny said...

How funny! And the elf competition is stiff! Gosh, I have never seen so many Elf On The Shelves in all forms, along with the books and DVD's everywhere. Would you believe I had never heard about this till this year? I never saw any elf stuff in the stores till now, either. I watched it with Ella the other day.

blueviolet said...

No wonder he was sent away from the North Pole. He was likely not pulling his weight there either!

Gone Country said...

What a fun tradition! For the kids, huh?! Maybe not for Mom! Too funny! I would have a hard time remembering to relocate him every night AND coming up with a story if I forgot! Good luck!

Chatty Crone said...

...or if the hubs would remember? sandie

Julia said...

Huh! I've never heard of this tradition before! I'm so worried that I'll be that forgetful tooth fairy. This just seems like one of those things, if we adopted this tradition, I might crush the imagination and spirit of my littles by being forgetful. Ha!

Thanks so much for your comment on my blog earlier today. Looking forward to getting to know your family (and learning more about where you live---it sounds lovely!)

P.S. I'm a runner too!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh What a cute idea, Lisa. I hadn't heard of that one.. BUT--as you know, it is up to Mom/Dad to 'remember' to move him around!!!!!! CUTE....

You can tell that I haven't had little kids around me in many years...ha
Hugs,
Betsy

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Haha! We've had the same problem. Though currently our elf has temporarily returned to the north pole due to unacceptable children behavior.

GardenofDaisies said...

LOL! The "tooth fairy" didn't always show up when she was supposed to at our house. Oh the questions I had to answer in the morning!
Why didn't anyone warn us that being a parent was such hard work? ;-)

Carolyn said...

Ha ha,funny!

Prairie Girl said...

Would it be funny for me to say that I find the whole elf on shelf thing to be a little scary?! Thinking about this doll starring at me like that, all day long...I can't imagine I'd enjoy it but I'm sure the boys and their daddy would get a kick out of it. The Captain for hiding it and the boys for having to find it every day!

Emily Anne said...

Lisa, Check out Pinterest.com for lots of ideas...last night ours toilet papered our tree! Bad Elf!! But you can always use the "he must have really liked that spot to go back to it!" OR "the conditions were good for late night travel to the north pole"

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

That's funny! I have a feeling our elf would have issues, too. ;)

Out on the prairie said...

Never did this but it sounds like a lot of fun.

Angela said...

That's too funny Lisa! Here's your reminder to make sure that elf moves tonight! lol

When I was a kid my mom had an elf that would move around like that and report to Santa. His name was Pappy. I have him somewhere. I hope to find him soon. That is if my husband will get off the computer and get a move on getting the boxes and boxes of Christmas stuff that I have in the attic down. Time is a ticking you know!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Tee hee hee.
Do you know that I was named after a Christmas Elf? And,,, the elf brought jammys every Christmas Eve.
And I know Santa has magic bubbles so he can send magic bubbles to get the elfy. I have magic bubbles too - did you know that? They are part of my world, cause I believe in magic!
love
tweedles

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

YOu crack me up!! Your elf on the shelf is terrific. YOu should link up tomorrow night because this definitely qualifies for a Saturday laugh!

Jen said...

Haha!! Love this!! That sounds like something I'd do (or not do)...I'm not so good at night and having to remember things like moving the Elf. I think I'll jump on the bandwagon and get this next year.

OneMommy said...

Oh, I'd never remember to move the thing, either! Heck, I can't even remember to have them pull off a link of their Christmas count down chain.... I think we're still at 3 weeks until Christmas?

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I've seen this on another blog and didn't know this was a "new" tradition. Thanks for reminding me how out of the loop I am! Haha! Cute post, Lisa. :)

Jamie L. said...

LOL!! We haven't started the elf on a shelf tradition yet. I wasn't really sure what it was until now and I am sure out elf would never move either. Damn those lazy elfs! ;)

Your post had me LOL'ing!!

--Jamie
www.thedenverhousewife.com
(I found you from the saturday laughs hop)

Kasey said...

I have Tully's brother at my house. Clearly they were born with the same slacker genes!

Kim said...

I forgot about the elf on the shelf! WE totally need this in our house lately - Deaglan is definitely on Santa's naughty list. I'm going to copy you and start using the elf immediately.