“Is he here?” The seven-year-old boy’s eyes filled with expectation when he found his older sister.
“Mom says he might be. You know we found him last year for the first time a few days after Thanksgiving.” His sister, l0, was wise and knew how to find the elf.
“Remember? He’s a tiny little guy. He wears a floppy red hat. The shorts he wore were so baggy I wondered how he kept them up. His long socks were red with white stripes.
“Mom says Santa sends him to watch us and report back to him every day. Lets go to the dining room,” she said. Her memory of past events was sharp and she recalled that the elf had chosen that particular spot a number of times.
“He especially liked to sit upon a shelf inside the big buffet. Or, then again, I spotted him perched upon a shelf in the kitchen above the spice jars. Every day he might be relaxing, his skinny legs bent over a shelf of some sort.”
The kids raced to the dining room and there he was, looking down at them from the tippy top of the buffet. And, that, according to a mom we just met in Spokane, there are many homes with a Mom who has the skills and talents to seek out a different place every day for this little guy.
The mom relating the story of the Elf on the Shelf at her house, says the tradition has become part of the mystic of Christmas. The story of Jesus born in a manager is the biggest event.
Be alert. It might be that the elf visited your house to check out your behavior this Christmas , returning every day to tell Santa what you were up to. I must have been really, really good. My sweetie spent hours before Christmas to hand-tool a leather belt for me. It has a silver buckle and my name spelled out between the many roses.