Em is at the age where she believes in everything, except the belief that Mommy and Daddy mean it when they say it's time to freakin' go to sleep already!
Tonight at bedtime, we read the book that explains the elf and his job as Santa's on-the-ground helper. She loved the story, and upon conclusion we pointed out that he was already right there in the room, on her easel. Her eyes bulged in amazement, and she got excited when we said she should go meet him.
Then she looked a little panicked and asked me to go with her to say hello.
I swear she was smiling right before I took that picture!
Em didn't offer any names for our new pal, so I convinced her to name him Buddy after my all-time favorite elf.
I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of mischief Buddy gets himself into while he's here!