Last year we welcomed a new member of the family. His name is Twizzler* and he’s an Elf on the Shelf.
Have you heard of this? It’s the latest thing. I had first come across it on Pinterest a few years ago and it’s popularity has skyrocketed since.
The premise is simple. A scout elf is sent out from Santa to keep an eye on small children to make sure they are behaving before Christmas. At night the elf goes back to the North Pole to give Santa a report. The way the child knows that his elf left is that when he gets up in the morning, the elf has moved. The rules are simple- the child must behave and he can never touch the elf, or else the elf will lose his magic.
I had mixed feelings about the elf. While I liked the idea, being that mom who was always threatening my kids with Santa watching, it has become so commercialized that I feel like it’s losing its appeal. The elf section at Target has more than tripled this year. Last year it was a shelf with a few of the original boxes, which contain the elf and the book and some stuffed elves. This year it is 4 shelves complete with outfits, different size elves, elf pets and kid size pajamas. Oh yes, and a video. You can’t log into Pinterest without being swamped with ideas of all the different scenes elves find themselves in. (And yes, it was only a matter of time before some jokers put the elf in risque scenarios….some being funny but many being wrong- just wrong.)
An elf, Brownie, showed up at CJ’s apartment last year and he LOVED it! He was so delighted when he located the elf and he was actually behaving. This came at a time when CJ was really challenging his parents and testing the boundaries as well as everyone’s patience. Since CJ spent so much time at our house, it wasn’t long before our own elf, Twizzler appeared.
I have to admit that CJ gets the biggest kick out of his elves’ antics. It was a lot of fun to watch him run through the house in search of Twizzler. CJ’s uncles were skeptical at first but as CJ’s enjoyment grew, so did their enthusiasm. I’m not sure who was more disappointed when Twizzler had to return to the North Pole- CJ or Kris and Andrew. Last year Twizzler could be found lounging amongst the apples in the fruit bowl or chilling on a shelf with Buzz and Woody. He was seen hanging off of life fixtures, peeking over the edge of the curtains, and laying about in silly positions. I can’t imagine where he will end up this year!
I won’t be out buying Twizzler his own ugly sweater or a reindeer as a pet, however he is welcome to come hang out at our house and pop out to report to Santa as long as he doesn’t wake up the dog when he returns.
* As with all names, Twizzler’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.