Last week it hit me like a ton of bricks, the holidays, they are upon us! Something about this season was just not feeling very sparkly. Maybe because stores practically skipped thanksgiving, maybe because my oldest son had decided that he doesn't believe in Santa, maybe because I'm getting older, something was definitely missing. We needed a boost of 'holiday spirit', but what could I do? Then it happened, my thoughts went THERE. My anti-elf thoughts wandered into the possibility that maybe, just maybe, some elves would do the trick....?
I had to confront a reality I had been avoiding, I am an elf judger. Not just an elf judger, an elf MOM judger! In the past I made up silly ideas about what kind of mom an 'elf on the shelf mom' was. I even gave my own friend and partner, Adrienne, the same shifty eyed stare her elf gives me when she explained how her elf 'worked'. I'm terrible, I know.
This wasn't me! What was I doing? I wholeheartedly believe we're all just moms, real moms doing the best we can. Know what I found out about 'those' moms? It turns out, they're just like me. They didn't have "too much time" (BAHAHA! Let's be real. How many moms actually have that problem?), they just have a lot of love and want to add some sparkle and excitement to their holiday season. Now, that doesn't mean because you don't put an elf on a shelf you don't love your kids, because before I started this, I sure as hell loved my kids just as much as any other elfing mom. We love our kids, elf or not!
So, what happened, you ask? Two lovely 'kindness elves' made their arrival the first Monday in December and my family and I found our sparkle this season.
How does your family incorporate the spirit of the season into your daily grind?
In our next post, find out what's next for our elves and how my family is making our own holiday cheer rules!