Twelve Ways to Save Your Butt When Your Elf on the Shelf Forgets to Move
‘Tis the season for the Elf on the Shelf to come back and serve as one additional reminder for our kids to behave. I love the ready threat he gives me to hang over my kids, but I hate when I forget to move him and face disappointed faces the next morning.
I know there are some great lists out there of fun ideas to do with your elf to add to your kids’ fun. This is not one of them. This is more a compilation of the lies we pull out of our asses in an effort to save ourselves from the Elf on the Shelf. Here is my list of how to dig yourself out of a hole when Elf on the Shelf “forgets” to move.
- Guilt Trip Elf Excuse: He didn’t want to have to tell Santa that you _______ (threw a fit/ hit your brother/were mean to your sister/talked back to Mommy) yesterday. You’re lucky he’s giving you a second chance before reporting your Naughty List behavior.
- Overtired Elf Excuse: He must have overslept from working so hard. “Elfie Joe, wake up! It’s morning!”
- Bed Check Elf Excuse: He wanted to see how well you sleep through the night.
- Under the Weather Elf Excuse: He must be getting the cold you had last week
- Sports Fan Elf Excuse: He stayed up with us to watch the football/hockey/basketball game last night.
- Deja Vous Elf Excuse: I saw him fly out last night. He must just really like the view from that spot.
- Union Elf Excuse: It’s the ____ Day of Christmas. It’s an Elf holiday so they can rest.
- Paparazzi Elf Excuse: Oh, he must have wanted us to take his picture there. Click!
- Secret Spy Elf Excuse: “He’s on a secret mission from Santa to…” Insert “count all the toys you’ve outgrown,” or “check how many toys you put away,” or “check Santa’s list to make sure you don’t have any duplicates,” etc.
- Last Minute Save Elf Excuse: When you realize as they tromp downstairs that you forgot last night. “Kids, go open your window to let the light in and warm up the house. Please do it right now ’cause it’s so cold out today!” (Yes, I really used this one this morning. You can make up your own random reason for them to immediately return to their rooms.) When the kids run upstairs, quickly grab and move the elf.
- Day After Creative Elf Save: Elfie must be in an extra creative place the day after he stayed put. “See? It just took him two nights to put this all together!” (See this list of 101 Elf on the Shelf ideas.)
- Next Day Generous Elf Save: Elfie presents a small gift the next day. “See? He was just too tired from shopping for you/making you this gift!”