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By now, everyone is familiar with the Elf on the Shelf concept and everything it involves. Many have hopped on board and made it part of their Christmas fun. Others prefer to avoid everything elf-related. Some believe the presence of elves in the weeks leading up to Christmas has helped bring Christmas magic back into our homes and daycares. I tend to agree, but believe me, my feelings about elves have evolved quite a bit.
I must admit that when the Elf on the Shelf concept initially became popular, I did not find the idea attractive at all. Having to find a new trick each day, laughing at repeated messes that I would inevitably be the one cleaning up…it just wasn’t for me. However, since all my children’s friends had elves in their homes, my children wanted an elf of their own to capture. I understood their point of view and was forced to admit that the little elves sold everywhere were quite adorable. I remained skeptical, but since I wanted to make my children happy, I welcomed an elf into our home. However, so I would be comfortable with the whole idea, I adapted my strategy.
I decided to put a positive spin on our elf’s tricks. Since he was going to be part of our daily life for a few weeks every year, I figured I might as well make a helpful elf out of him. I also wanted to use our elf to offer simple pleasures my children would enjoy. After all, there are no rules that state the elves must be naughty. What do you think? Here is a list of ways our elf has been helpful as well as tiny treats and pleasures our “not-so-naughty” elf has come up with so far.
Have fun with your elf!
Maude Dubé, Specialized educator
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