Elf on the Shelf has become quite the phenomenon. If you haven’t yet heard about it, here’s the lowdown – he’s an elf sent by Santa with orders to keep an eye on your child’s behaviour and then report back on whether it’s naughty or nice. He can sometimes get up to mischief while your children sleep; making a mess, moving things about, playing with their toys; and, well, he’s creepy as fuck. Seriously. Look at him. If my mam had told me that this little elf (who looks as though he’s walked straight off the set of Child’s Play) was coming to live with us in the lead up to Christmas, I wouldn’t have slept for the entirety of December. The idea of him hanging precariously off my lampshade as he watched me sleep is simply terrifying.
The concept is pretty brilliant though and it’s another great tool to make every day in December enjoyable, and helps minimise the ‘is it Christmas yet?’ plaguing. As Penny had the horrors last year at the prospect of a strange old man in a red suit coming into our house while she slept, and Amelia has a wild enough imagination even without a murderous looking elf living in the house (she once screamed the house down thinking there was a bat in her dollhouse, turns out it was, unsurprisingly, a doll), I thought it was best to play the PG version of Elf on the Shelf. So, we invited in a friendly looking elf. This elf looks like she wants to make cupcakes, give you cuddles and looks remarkably like the soft toy fairies you can buy in IKEA. Meet Ester the IKEA elf.
Over the next 24 nights, Ester is going to live with us and
help us bribe them both into being well-behaved watch over our little darlings and keep Santa up to date with how well they’re behaving. She’s most likely going to be slightly naughty herself during the night and so, every day I will post a photo on this post to document what she has been up to. Just a fun, light-hearted post in the lead up to Christmas.