Saturday, November 24, 2012

Guess who's back, back again. Buddy's back. Tell a friend.

Last night our Elf On The Shelf, Buddy, made his triumphant return. Em had asked about him over the past week or so, after spotting his "friends" in Barnes & Noble, as well as featured as a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

We slyly pulled out the book for bedtime, and after Brent read it to her, we pointed out that Buddy was already here. She spotted him hanging out in her lamp.

 Guess who's back? Back again... #elfontheshelf 

"How'd he get there, mama?"

"He's so silly!"

"Aw, Buddy!"

Then this morning she gasped in delight when she spotted him in the living room. 

"He's on the bell! Buddy!"

  His first morning

We had a lot of fun staging adventures for him last year. We'll see what kind of mischief he gets into, although I didn't realize how early Thanksgiving was this year. We have a lot of nights for him to get into trouble, so I'm not sure how often I'll get more elaborate than moving him from place to place. Tonight at bedtime Em wondered aloud, "I wonder where he'll be tomorrow! Maybe in the decorations!"

Meanwhile, I woke up this morning and made a solid decision not to take personal offense to friends' comments about how "creepy" this tradition is. As you can see above, Em is obviously not scared or scarred by his presence. I may not change anyone's mind about it, so I'm not going to bother putting anymore thought or energy into trying. Our gal loves it. I don't mind doing it. And I don't fault any parent who doesn't want to do it for their kids. 

'Tis the season to be jolly about our little friend. 


  1. I am very annoyed by how AW AW AW AW Elf on the Shelf has become on FB especially, but always look forward to your pics. :) Enjoy!

  2. I hate that damn thing.

    But I absolutely love your daughter's pure joy.

  3. We started it tonight! Annie thinks her elf is awesome. UP WITH THE ELF!

  4. I think I may be one of the haters who has vocalized my opinion, but you can't deny how much Em loves it. Any doubters can see the pics above for evidence. Own it lady, and ignore people like me!

  5. Jaime9:00 AM

    We started it Saturday for the first time. My daughter is 3. We named him Buddy too. I mean when I think of an elf, I think of Will Ferrell. What other name could it be. I must ask you, how do you get him to sit so well. My Buddy is all over the place. Do you use tape or clips to position him in different poses?

  6. I kind of love him, and seeing how excited Em gets about it just makes him that much more fun! I'm glad that you guys have a tradition, I'm sure she'll remember Buddy's adventures forever!