I admit it. I used to be one of those people who swore up and down I would never ever introduce my kids to the "Elf on the Shelf." I mean, he's sort of creepy, right? He watches you ALL DAY LONG, and then reports back to Santa, to inform him if you've been good or bad.
But then, my mom bought him for our family.
Although I knew I had to implement him somehow into our Christmas tradition, I didn't want to do anything crazy with our little elf. I really don't understand the mischievous elves. I mean, you're trying to teach your child to be a good girl or boy - and then your elf is doing crazy naughty shenanigans night after night? That just doesn't make too much sense to me.
Then you have the ridiculously creative people. Their elves are set up in elaborate displays, night after night. And while I give major credit to those parents, I just do not have that creativity in me.
So my plan was to keep it really simple.
We introduced our elf to Lincoln, along with the book. We told him he needed to choose a name for his elf. I really thought our elf was going to be named, "Batman," because Lincoln is a bit Batman obsessed, and EVERYTHING comes back to Batman...but he proved me wrong. He named him, "L"!! Which really, how cute is that?!
We read the book together, with "L" on his lap...and then I got to the point of the book where it explains you cannot touch the elf, or he'll lose his special powers. Oops. Parenting FAIL!!! We told Lincoln he was allowed to hold him that one night while we read the book, but then the next morning he couldn't touch him. He seemed satisfied with that explanation, thank God!
So, "L" has been in a new spot of our house each morning when Lincoln wakes up. It's the first thing he looks for in the morning.
He totally understands the concept of it too. He knows that "L" watches him during the day (CREEPY!!!), and then goes to see Santa at night to tell him what a good boy he's been.
He says "L" is telling Santa he wants a giant Batman plane. Oh boy!!
I know that "L" is supposed to leave our house on Christmas Eve, and I'm hoping Lincoln doesn't have a complete meltdown! He really has enjoyed his presence!! But, he'll be back again next year...and I'm sure that will make him all the more special!