I think there are 2 kinds of people in the world, those who love the Elf On the Shelf, and those who think he’s creepy. You should find out which your mate is before you agree to marry. It could very well be a deal breaker.

Luckily, Mark and I are both from the “Love Elf” camp, so no compromises were necessary. We’ve had ours for 2 years now and think he’s awesome. We’re raising our boys to be Elf-lovers too, much to the chagrin of certain family members who live in the “Creepy” camp.

Until this year, our Elf’s been very stoic, moving to different spots in the house each night when he got back from reporting to Santa. The boys would wake up, search the house and exclaim, “Found him!” and that was the end of it.

Then something happened: I saw photos of other people’s Elfs on Pinterest. Their Elves were very mischievous and funny. I became very jealous…I wanted a funny Elf!

So, I decided to have a little talk with Melf (our Elf’s name). I explained that ours was NOT an uptight house! In fact, some of us make a very good living being irreverent & funny. I assured him that if he wanted, he could let down his proverbial hair and have some fun with us! The boys shook their heads in agreement and excitedly set off to bed.

I don’t know who laughs harder now, me & Mark or Nate & Zeke:

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When he found Melf the next morning, Nate could barely catch his breath, he was laughing so hard. It’s so exciting when your kids’ start getting your jokes: Nate took a deep breath and recited the dialog from one of our favorite movies, “Elf”:

“Do you like sugar?”

“Is there sugar in syrup?”


“Then, YES!”



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Scene opens on my 2 boys watching a holiday special. A commercial for Dora The Explorer’s castle comes on:

Zeke:  Nate, look how awesome that is!!!

Nate:  Uh huh…

Zeke: Nate, we should ask Santa for that!!!

Nate: Zeke!!! We can’t ask Santa for that…

Zeke:  Why not?

Nate: Because…IT’S PINK!!!