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"Cookies" the Elf comes at last

December 3, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
We resisted for at least five years---when we first heard about that darn elf on the shelf, the mischevious little guy who wreaks havoc in the house, and then reports back to Santa on the good and bad deeds of children. It's not that I don't love the idea of the elf. I do! But, he seemed so mainstream, once the little elf started appearing on everyone's shelves. Facebook is dominated by stories about elf on the shelf, and Pinterest has boards loaded with ideas about where to hide your little elf. It's elf overload! Besides, we had the Christmas Angel who had been visiting Julie since before we heard murmurings about the troublesome elf. Our Christmas Angel was purely good. She appears about 12 days before Christmas leaving sweet, encouraging notes, and sometimes small treats or tokens. Julie loved the Christmas Angel from the time she first spied her with her little toddler eyes. On Christmas Eve she usually sheds a few tears, knowing she won't see the angel again for a whole year. Last year, Johnny even opened his heart to the Christmas Angel. In other words, there really was no need in our house for an elf...especially one who makes messes and hides in strange places. But, my parents, who had just caught word of the elf last month, decided this adorable elf needed to come to our house. After some persuasion, they convinced Scott and I to welcome an elf in our house. They packaged up the elf, and addressed it to Julie and Johnny from "Santa." We received the package on Friday with directions to open on Saturday. And so the elf magic began. Julie and Johnny were overjoyed to finally have their own elf like all their friends. They named him "Cookies." Every morning since, they have woken up overly excited to find their elf in his hiding place. I have to admit it has been pretty entertaining hiding "Cookies" and Julie and Johnny are on their best behavior, knowing Cookies is watching them. It's so fun watching Christmas magic through their eyes, and it's bittersweet knowing before too long these moments will just be memories.


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