The arrival of Thanksgiving not only means turkey comas, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and Black Friday shopping, but it is also the arrival of my favorite Christmas tradition-Elf on the Shelf! Last year, we adopted a scout elf named Oliver, who made a treacherous journey from the North Pole to Tallahassee to make sure we were on Santa’s “Nice” list. Each day, Oliver would perch himself in a different spot to observe the holiday fun, then while we were sleeping, fly back to the North Pole to report to Santa about the day’s events. Oliver definitely got into some mischief during his stay- making snow angels in flour, playing video games, and finding a flask full of whiskey, but he was also very helpful! He played some holiday tunes on the piano, made us peppermint hot chocolate, and even chopped some wood for the fire. He kept us entertained all season and though we were so sad to see him go on Christmas Eve, we gave him a champagne sendoff back to the North Pole. Oliver is expected to arrive the day after Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans he gets into this year!
P.S. I’m fully aware Elf on the Shelf is typically meant for kids, but it can also be equally fun for adults! Clearly, our elf engaged in some more mature activities compared to some other elves.