I thought I would repost this since it is that time of year again. I don’t LOVE Elf on a Shelf but I acquiesce for my daughter. She loves her Elf Perry and he still does silly things for her in December each year.
The comment section is not so Christmassy but highly entertaining. I find it sad that some people have to pick on even the most innocent of things. This time of year is hard enough for some of us. Let us have these moments of imagination while they last.
HastyKid has an elf on the shelf. Actually, it is an elf on the shelf disguised as Perry the Platypus. He has been visiting her for 3 years and rarely makes much of a mess; until recently. He spent the night at a friends house and another elf taught him he could be a bit messy. The two elves covered the children in toilet paper and taunted them both by wearing the empty rolls on their arms and legs.
Since that night Perry the Elf has enjoyed being a messy elf.
He has spilled crayons all over the place writing letters. He has made a big fort in the living room, and dumped a whole container of cocoa on the kitchen counter and drew pictures in the mess. I am telling you this because this elf and his activities have taught me how clever, and lazy, HastyKid can be.
I heard HastyKid talking to Perry the Elf after the crayon fiasco. “Now Perry, I am going to KungFu and I will expect you to pick up all the crayons before I get back”. Of course, she said it loud enough for me to hear so I am sure she knows who wields the elf magic in our house.
When she got back from KungFu she was very disappointed Perry the Elf didn’t listen. She decided to tell on him, “Mom, Perry the Elf won’t pick up his mess!” I told her, “His job is to make the messes and if he has to clean them up too he would probably stop making them. Do you want him to stop?” Her answer was an emphatic NO!
Since, I have decided it is a lovely way to motivate her to clean. Tomorrow he may dump out all her messy clothes drawers to be redone, or maybe pull everything out from under her bed. The ideas are limitless 🙂
Christmas elves stand around a tree
Singing merry jolly songs so gleefully
No expectations from the children
They work diligently for all year round
For that one special night St. Nick
Could spread all their good cheer
It has been said, by those who would know
That there is no jealousy, no rigmarole
No rigorous schedules or hours to keep
No smack talking, no slacking, no side tracking
No competitions or quotas on the board to beat
Yet, nothing is lacking when it’s time for wrapping
Each elf was born with a very special gift
They simply delight in supportive efficiency
The key is their passion for productivity
So, there is no need for a motivational lift
No back talking, whining or dragging of feet
Each does their duty happily and complete
No elf has ever been in need, or felt burdened it seems
No need of a paycheck, salary, or a bank account even
Yet they work all the same, on whatever is needed
They love, play, rest and take care of their own
Laziness is not something they have ever known
Lessons we should learn, advice needing to be heeded
It was decided one day, on a very special eve
The elves each December would visit families
Upon a shelf they would sit, a teacher in disguise
Each little boy and girl would happily spend time
Cleaning up the messes these elves would surmise
Motivating the children with only their hilarity