Please Welcome Randy Owen: Our Christmas Elf on the Shelf

by Jennifer on December 4, 2010

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A close friend told me on Monday she wanted to come over this week to present us with a family Christmas Gift. She said that the gift is time sensitive. Intriguing right? I know what you are thinking ‘She made an edible gift’. I thought the same thing and salivated thinking about what it could be: bread? cookies?

We made plans to have dinner and let the kids play as I am more of a ‘spend quality time with gift giver than drop the loot and head out’. At any rate, after dinner and play time, the gift giver said since my husband was not home, to wait until we could all open it together. I thought ‘darn, I was hoping for some dessert.’

Later in the evening we finally got to open the family gift and I squealed with delight. The rest of the family just looked wondering what ‘it’ was: ‘It’ was Elf on The Shelf. I read the box and instructions and then the rest of the family joined in the excitement.

What, you are not familiar with Elf on the Shelf?  From the Website: ‘A Christmas Tradition is Santa’s special helper. He keeps an eye on children all over the world and lets Santa know how everyone is acting’. See, the elf moves around and is a different location each morning. He is watching and reporting children’s behavior to Santa, he can talk to adults but not children and the kids are not to touch the elf or he will lose his magic.

Now, the challenge was to name the elf: Out of nowhere came: ‘Randy!’, ‘Yes, Randy, dat is his name’.  I instantly loved the name as did my husband. The cheerful reaction was then followed by ‘No, it’s not, it’s Owen!’ And then the uncomfortable silence when children wondered what Mom and Dad were going to do.  We glanced at each other and knew we  both preferred Randy. I said ‘How about Owen for the middle name?’

A few uncomfortable seconds pass and then our son says ‘Randy might tell Santa that we are naughty if we fight’. My daughter’s repsonse was ‘Okay, Randy is his name’. It was quite sweet to see them decide together that it is best to come to an agreement than have the elf tell Santa they are naughty.

Once the agreement was made and children in bed, I had a premonition: the children would burst into our bedroom early in the morning so we could go look for Randy and his new location (see, he moves each night to a new location to observe from). Guess what? that premonition became reality at 5:45 am. Randy was sitting on the bathroom light suspended above the sink (not that I noticed as my eyes were barely open).

Do you have an ‘Elf on the Shelf’? What is his/her name?

Brooke December 6, 2010 at 1:19 am

Oh! My twinners had an Elf on the Shelf in their kindergarten class, and gosh! Was it magic!

So fun! I’ve never thought of doing it at home, but I may just have to copy you. I wonder if my kids will go for an elf named Randy the Second? 😉

Jennifer December 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Brooke – it is so wonderful however, you must make note to move him/her each night so spend the first few minutes distracting your kids while you run around placing him in a new spot.

Krista @ Blue Eyed Yonder December 7, 2010 at 8:39 am

What an amazing idea! So cute that your kids are excited each morning to find Randy. And what a cute elf Randy is! He reminds me of some vintage elves I recently found at an auction. They have so much personality and are so sweet sitting there with their knees pulled to their chest.

Here’s a pic of my elves:

Maybe once we have kids, one of these elves will become our Elf on a Shelf. Such a great idea!

Kathleen December 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

This is seriously brilliant! Do you think if I get one it would work on my college age children?! 😉

INgrid December 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Love the fun!

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