In all the chaos of Christmas prep, I have found an easy thing to skip is the Elf on the Shelf. Sure I have occasional elf envy when I see one cooking breakfast for the family, or decorating the tree, or playing trains but really I would have to create those moments and more importantly add an additional responsibility to my list each night. I can't even remember to do the Advent every day, so the elf is out of the question. No harm, no foul or so I thought.
Then yesterday Cole asked why he does not have an elf. I played dumb of course, knowing in the pit of my stomach that he too had been privy to the cool elf stories that I had been seeing blasted across my Facebook page. What are you talking about Cole, what elf? His response, Annie's elf does cool things every day and she tells us all about it. All my friends at school have elves. Being the good parent I am, I tried explaining that he wouldn't want that elf. Well Cole then we could get an elf, but you are so well behaved I don't think we need it. No mom guess we don't but I think maybe we need one for Cecily. He has me there, maybe I need to get one on after Christmas clearance. Foiled by a 4 year old!