Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Elf on the Shelf

We started a new tradition along with half the country. We got an Elf on the Shelf. St Nick delivered our Elf and the book and the kids LOVE it. I really like it too, except when I'm tired and want to go to bed and remember our Elf hasn't moved.

If you are unfamiliar, the elf visits your family, goes all big brother on you and tattles to Santa. Its a little disturbing but try not to think of it that way. It gives you a way to say, "HEY! STOP IT! THE ELF IS WATCHING!" And the kids get a kick out of finding him each day. The one rule is that you are not allowed to touch him or he loses his magic. Seems easy enough, unless you are Heidi, 2 and have no clue what is going on. Or he falls off a lamp shade and is behind the couch. We decided it was ok to touch his hat if we had to touch him at all. And Raph decided he has a mask on and that is why his face looks plastic so really its ok. Sure, we'll go with that.

Anyway, you have to name the Elf right away. The boys decided on Tecky. Um, what? The started chanting TEH-KEE! TEH-KEE! TEH-KEE! Crap. Ok, so parents get veto power if the kids pick stupid names. We tossed around other names and Harry Potter Jr was discussed. ::rolls eyes:: Mike told them about Puck from Midsummer's Night Dream. They were sold. YES! So Puck it is and he's mischievous as his name would lead you to believe. Here's Puck in action and the kids think its hilarious and sometimes embarrassing. Even better :)
Puck lived up to his name the first night and took the kids' stockings and replaced them with their underwear. The boys had to go check to make sure they still had underwear in their drawers and Raph was totally embarrassed. Mwhahahahahaa

The next night he stayed up late watching A Christmas Story with some buddies and eating Candy Cane Joe-Joe's.

Pilfering the candy jar.

A lot of my Facebook friends thought I wrapped my tree in gold ribbon. That, my friends, is a roll of toilet paper.

Puck took up residence next to my favorite Christmas Kitsch ornament.

I thought Puck organized a parade but the boys seem to think its an army. Maybe he's guarding the Christmas tree from the Nazi's....that's another story but Raph and Colin were wrapped up in one of their elaborate imaginative games of "Guard the tree from the Nazi's". Yeah, no idea where that came from.

Even baby Jesus got in on the action and took a sled ride to fight off the Nazi's.

Puck has ended up other places but I haven't always taken a picture. He hung from a lamp, rode a dragon and climbed our snowflake decorations. I'm not sure what he's doing tonight but we shall see!