Elf. On. The. Shelf. I have to admit, at first, seeing that little elf in the store in a plastic box... I was creeped out by it. But a loving parent gave me one as a gift and I QUICKLY fell in love with the whole idea. Not so much the part of how the elf reports to Santa if the child has been naughty or nice, but the part where each morning the elf is in a different place in the room, getting into some sort of mischief. The kids are excited. I get excited. It's a win, win.
I love where I work. It's a loving environment where we are supported and respected. I love my co-workers. And they love me. Someone at work has been pranking me for the past two weeks by hiding and replacing my elf!!! And I am eating it up. I think it is so funny, and creative, and I look forward to see when my elf will be moved or changed. I feel like the kid, and I get to take part in the game too.
Let me start from the beginning....
Day 1: I placed the elf on top of our projector. The kids were besides themselves.
Naturally, I tied it into our math lesson and we graphed our favorite name choice. The two most popular names were Candy Cane and Snowflake. According to our graph, the name Candy Cane won.
Day 2: I placed Candy Cane from one of the hooks in the window above our calendar. Notice: this elf, our elf, Candy Cane, is the original elf. This is where I left him on a Friday when I left work for the weekend.
Day 3: When I returned Monday morning, the elf was in a different spot! Not only was it in a different spot, it wasn't Candy Cane, it was a different version of the Elf on the Shelf! Someone had stolen my original elf and stuck post-it-notes all over the window!
In my box there was a photo of my original elf, Candy Cane, holding a sign "Help Me!" I seriously could have died, and thought this was the funniest thing ever! I was worried the kids would be confused if I let them in on the secret of the teachers teasing me ( I didn't show them the note), so I said Candy Cane's cousin, Snowflake, came to visit and they are having fun switching spots for a bit.
Around Day 5: For the next couple of days, I moved Snowflake (the new elf) around the room in different spots. We left for a field trip and when I came back into the classroom, our original elf, Candy Cane was back! He was having a marshmallow fight with some of the toy dinosaurs in the class. For the next couple of days, I hid him in the morning for the students to find.... fast forward to Day 7...
Day 7: I walked in the classroom, and BOTH elves were on display! Again, someone came into my room and brought Snowflake back!
I have been helping Santa move the elves around the room for the last couple of days... I am eagerly waiting for my sweet co-worker to strike again! If you are reading this...I EXPECT the game to keep going, cause it feels like Christmas morning every time I find them in a new spot!