Before The Elf on the Shelf became a popular Christmas tradition, I had my own special Christmas Scout, an elf that watches the kids for Santa. It used to be a small Christmas elf ornament I would hang from a candelabra display over the fireplace. The day he came to watch over the kids for the first time was a very stressful day for my three year old son. He was freaked out over this thing watching him and reporting him to Santa. At bedtime he could not sleep because this tiny elf was in the house…watching.

I finally replaced that “scary“ elf with “Buddy” our special Christmas scout. (He was $5.99 at Hobby Lobby and I love him). He is larger, softer and much cuter than our previous elf.  Buddy comes out sometime after Thanksgiving and stays until Christmas Eve when Santa picks him up to go back home to the North Pole.  Our Buddy can be touched and he doesn’t get into mischief like the popular Elf on the Shelf. As a busy mom, I do not have the time to set up creative Elf antics. Although I think the idea is super cute and kudos to the parents that pull off the fun scenarios for their Elf on the Shelf.  I see some of the Pinterest ideas of what to do with the Elf and I know my children would love that! So, here is where I fail just a bit. I like to think I do a lot of wonderful things for my kids, so it has to even out somewhere. I thought I was clever just doing our version of the Elf on the Shelf.

The arrival of Buddy has made my little princess more aware of her behavior. I just have to mention Buddy and she stops the undesirable behavior. Some days she runs over to me to cover my mouth. She thinks if I don’t say it out loud she isn’t doing something naughty. She hopes that Buddy isn’t paying attention and didn’t hear me tell her she isn’t being nice.  Every time she has to go to the washroom she has to ask me if Buddy watches her in the bathroom. I have to remind her that Buddy doesn’t want to see that. All her cares about is if she is being nice or not. Poor girl, Buddy is probably giving her a complex.

I do like that for one month a year the kids are more conscious of their behavior. I wish the Elf could watch over them all year. I know that a month is long enough to be perfect angels. I should be happy with what I get. So, I love you Buddy Elf. Thank you for making my December just a bit calmer and nicer.

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