Our family had an elf on the shelf but it didn’t come back this year. Maybe you tried it one year too and realized it wasn’t for you. Maybe you feel like because everyone is doing it and loves it, you have to too. My kids loved the elf. Unfortunately, I didn’t. Our elf on the shelf never came back and yours doesn’t have to either. I’m not talking about why it didn’t move, I’m talking about making it disappear completely.
You’re kids don’t really need a explanation. If you decided to forgo this crazy elf tradition and they ask “where’s elfie, jingle, snowflake, cookie, chip?” or whatever the heck name you gave a toy elf, simply say ” I don’t know.” and leave it at that. Or you could use these reasons for why he didn’t come.
The elf is tired.
By elf, I mean me. The elf has no energy to run back and forth to the North Pole every freaking night. It’s exhausting to show up in a different spot every time you return. So kids, the elf is tired and is planning on watching from the North Pole with his super Santa spy binoculars.
You’re so good you don’t need the elf anymore.
You guys have been so good all year that Santa decided the elf needed to go to a different family this year.
Isn’t the fact that Santa Cluas is watching you enough?
I guess not. This is 2017, people always need more.
What about Jesus and god.
So, Santa is watching wasn’t enough? What about Jesus and god? They are always watching. For Pete’s sake could you just be good. You don’t want to go to hell, do you? DO YOU?
Ever heard of belt on the shelf?
How about wooden spoon on the shelf? You better hope those don’t move. Just kidding. My kid’s do not get beat with anything. This is 2017.
In all seriousness, you don’t owe your kids an explanation or an elf. The elf on the shelf didn’t come back. That’s it. Get over it. Their Christmas will be just fine.
My mind is blown by how overboard some people get. I mean, look at all these elf accessories and games. Dang, whoever markets this does a darn good job because seriously, every elf needs an Elf on the Shelf Raincoat.