For the last few years, the Elf on the Shelf has been a big part of our Christmas tradition. Even though Evan is 9, he still believes in his elf Kevin. I realize that it is only a matter of time until he won’t believe any more. So, for now, I will do whatever it takes to keep our elf magic alive until then.
Sometimes, though, I regret my decisions. REGRET.
On November 29th, I posted a funny meme on Instagram reminding my followers to look for their elf. Did I look for mine? Nope. I was convinced that he was in the box on the top shelf of the closet. Fast forward a day.
8:45pm…drags chair into closet to get the elf box off the top shelf.
8:50 pm….realizes box is empty.
9:05 pm…realizes that the elf isn’t in any of the other 100 hiding places it could be.
9:20 pm…arrive at Walmart.
9:37pm…realize Walmart has no elves.
9:43 pm….drive across town to get to Chapters before 10pm closing time.
10:05 pm…thank heavens that the door isn’t locked yet.
10:06 pm…grab an elf on the shelf. Look at it and realize it has blue eyes. Think “I’m not sure ours had blue eyes. Oh look! There’s one with brown eyes. I’ll get that one!”
10:30 pm…unwrap elf to place it in it’s arrival spot. Realized that the brown eyed elf was actually supposed to be an elf option for other ethnicities. Realize there is no way this elf substitution is not going to go unnoticed.
10:40 pm…write note introducting Simon, the new elf who was standing in for our elf Kevin. He is on a special assignment for Santa don’t ya know.
Thankfully I am pretty sure we have an extra Kevin at the lake. This way he can make a reappearance before Christmas. Who knows what kind of special assignment he is on. Maybe he’s overthrowingthe island of misfit toys. Who knows but I’m sure he’ll have lots of great stories to tell once he’s back.
And each morning, Evan searches for Simon and his Christmas belief is solidified for a little tiny bit longer. For me, it is totally worth the late night road race around Calgary. He is growing up so fast so I will hold tight for just a tiny bit longer.