It’s a rough season for parents during what I refer to as Elf season. It’s a month of staying up late to make sure the kids are asleep before you move the elf. Not to mention we have to come up with a month of activities that you have never done before!
We become architects with marshmallows and climb on cabinets that we have never dusted to set up candy cane zip lines. We spend hours on Pinterest perusing the perfect plans and then cry into our wine glasses when the elf won’t pose into our envisioned nightly theme.
When we fall asleep in sheer exhaustion and wake up in a panic over whether or not we have moved the elf, you are not alone. At that moment there are hundreds of parents in a tired stupor moving that elf from one spot to a slightly different one and praying that the kids find it entertaining enough.
But then the kids wake up and the magic causes the twinkle in their eye and they whisper there secret messages for Santa to them and you realize that it’s all worth it.
The hours of planning, the stealthy elf moves and all of the ins and outs that make it all happen become pale in comparison to the joy it adds to the kids Christmas.
And for me personally Christmas is not about and elf but my kids smiles are worth it, every time.