The Consulting Writer

aka The Frazzled Mom

E is for the Elf that Forgets To Move

Christmas comes once a year. I love that time: the decorations and the reason for the season. But the one thing I dread is the unspoken Pinterest Mom competition that seems to heat up during November and December (well, now it seems like any holiday…or any day, for that matter). I fully admit I’m not a Pinterest Mom…not even close. The first step is admitting that, right? I can volunteer til the cows come home, no problem. I can fix the dryer or water heater, but ask me to DIY a craft project for Christmas and you’ll find me crying in the corner, covered in strands of hot glue with a light dusting of glitter.


At any rate, one of the things I struggle with the most is the Elf on the Shelf. Now…if you have kids nearby, this would be the time to give them a cookie and set them in front of the tablet.





::whispers:: I move the elf.

Or rather, I’m supposed to move the elf. But life gets in the way. Pfft. Who am I kidding? The elf is low on my list of priorities. After fighting to get the kids to brush their teeth and take a shower, I’m bee-lining it to the recliner to watch just one television episode. Just one. Can’t I have that? More than one and there’s the risk of me falling asleep. Yes, I’m a mom who is always tired. Give me a break. If I had no kids and little responsibilities, I’d stay up past midnight watching movies!

Ha, ha, ha ::cries::

Who am I kidding? I’d still go to bed early. I like to sleep.


Every December I fail to remember the elf…like multiple times. I think within the 25 days to Christmas, the elf might move twelve times? The year before, my daughter had pointed this fact out.

“Uh, he didn’t move,” she said with some suspicion.

“Maybe he likes that spot?” I suggested, having no clue what to say or do.

“May he’s just lazy,” my husband interjects.

Thanks. Thanks a lot.

This year, she changed her response. “Look, the elf decided to stay in the same spot. He must really like it there.”

Yup. Sure.

You might say: Why not check Pinterest? There are loads of ideas on where to put the elf and what he might be up to.

My response: ….

And then I found out about this…


7 comments on “E is for the Elf that Forgets To Move

  1. scr4pl80
    April 5, 2018

    LOL. My kids were too old when Elf on a Shelf became so popular, thank goodness. I’d have struggled with that one too, but a question, why didn’t Dad move it once in a while???

    Liked by 1 person

    • Elizabeth Los
      April 5, 2018

      Hahahaha…Dad? Pfft. lol I have recruited my son to help me out when I forget. Either he moves it for me, or he distracts his sister while I move it.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. J-Dub
    April 5, 2018

    So glad I missed the elf on a shelf phase with my kiddos

    Liked by 1 person

    • Elizabeth Los
      April 5, 2018

      I would have avoided it too! I think my sister-in-law wanted me to experience the same pain/struggle, that’s why she got us one. *sigh*

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Atherton
    April 5, 2018

    Hello again, fellow A-to-Zer! Also, I am again amused by your post. Huzzah! I do not know about this elf on the shelf thing, but I take it that you are supposed to move it to a different location every day, in order to make your kids believe that it is alive/magical/something. If so, this is an excellent scheme. Had I kids I would implement this immediately, and with lots of objects in our fairly creepy home. The stuffed animal Moonbeast, the Christmas Cthulhu, the gigantic Mr. Punch puppet– everything would shift and move. It would be glorious. And it is perhaps as well that I haven’t any children. Thanks for your fun post!
    Melanie Atherton Allen


  4. I missed out on the ‘Shelf’ childhood fun, but have had several wonderful experiences with grandchildren and Flat Stanley. Stanley’s travel adventures can benefit the classroom. My theme this year is BOOKSHOPS and when it comes to children and books, now there is an activity that blesses everyone.


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