Elf on the Shelf

Do you have the Elf on the Shelf? It’s an excellent tool to help keep your kids in line during the holidays. I’m tempted to keep my elf out all year round. I don’t have the Elf on the Shelf. I think it has a creepy looking face. I have an elf I bought at Hobby Lobby years ago and is much cuter. It’s arms are holding a present in front of it, so it makes a bit less flexible, but it works just as well. Our elf is named Jingles.

Jingles gets into lots and lots of mischief. She has been out since Thanksgiving and the ideas are getting harder to come up with. Yesterday Jingles decided to use my crock pot as a spa bath with marshmallows as bubbles. Seriously Jingles! Jingles causes all kinds of trouble around here. She has been known to make snow angels in flour, “fish” for goldfish in the bathtub, plays cards or Yahtzee with other elves, sips syrup out of the bottle with Barbie, drives Barbie’s cars, swings upside down from the chandelier. She even sat on top of a bottle of Southern Comfort one night. I made a mark on the bottle and made my daughter think she drank some! I think tonight Jingles is going to run a sack race with some stuffed animals. My daughter gets so annoyed by some of the antics, it’s hilarious. The more irritating, the better.

Whenever she is getting sassy, I just tell her Jingles is going to talk to Santa when she gets to the North Pole that night, so she better shape up. Of course, she can’t touch the elf, or she takes away its magical powers, but she always pretends she’s going to touch it.

Since all her friends are telling her there is no Santa, I have a feeling this may be the last year she believes, so I have to really spice it up this year. The first day Jingles came out, she was being really sassy and asked how she can possibly fly all the way to the North Pole and all the way back every single night. She was being very skeptical. The next morning, Jingles was in the same place holding a sign that said “Elf on Strike: you didn’t believe in me, so I’m not moving”. She apologized to Jingles, so Jingles started moving.

I have a little too much fun with Jingles and seeing the expressions every morning. I think the very best one is when Jingles poops out Hershey’s kisses. And when my husband eats them!!!

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