Quiet Elf on the shelf
Yesterday we found Elfin, our Christmas Elf sat quietly on a book shelf. He was still in the same position when we came home in the afternoon.
Now, that’s not like him, no mess to clean up, no endless searches in every corner of the house. After waking up with a moustache yesterday, I was initially relieved. He was still perched on his shelf in the evening and I started to worry. Was he unwell? Home sick? Bored? Had he turned into an impeccably behaved Christmas Angel?
What’s wrong with our Christmas elf?
Elfin quickly put my mind at rest – all was well. He was simply tired and needed rest! He’d had a busy year in the North Pole – even in a magic world, making thousands of toys is no doddle. Dealing with budget cuts and staff shortages added to the stress too.
So if your elf doesn’t move every night – don’t worry. Apparently last year one elf spent all December in a large cookie jar. His children kept filling up the jar, but the elf never moved (he vanished on Christmas eve with jar).
Elfin explained why your elf might be staying on his shelf, in his cookie jar or in another place in the house:
- Some elves have a favourite spot, just like you might have a favourite chair. If the elf hasn’t moved, it could simply be that he enjoys sitting there
- Your elf is tired. So he couldn’t move, let alone fly back to the North Pole. Elves have a tiring job during the year, but figuring out new tricks and hiding places, late night baking and messing with toilet roll can lead to exhaustion
- He or she is too warm. The North Pole’s climate is very cold. While you might think it is too cold to leave the house, your elf is struggling to adapt to our warmer weather and the central heating has knocked him out
- Your elf’s had too much food. Lots of elves develop a sweet tooth while they stay with their human families and binge on biscuits, chocolates and sweets. Maybe yours feels unwell after over-indulging in seasonal delicacies!
- Bored! Santa’s elves are used to being busy – could your elf be bored?
- You elf is poorly – He or she has caught a virus and is feeling unwell
- He has run out of ideas. He just needs more time to think about new hiding places and pranks
- You Christmas elf wants a day off. While they work everyday in the North Pole, a lot of elves take on human habits while they stay here. Most people only work 5 or 6 days a week and children don’t go to school every day. Your elf wants a day off too
If your elf has spent a few days without moving, here are a few things you could try:
- Get your elf to read our Christmas Elf ideas for inspiration
- Take him out for a walk – a little fresh air might stimulate him
- Keep biscuits, chocolates and other treats out of his reach
- Involve him in family life, take him to school, work or to visit friends and relatives
- If your elf is tired or sick, it might be best to just put him to bed. A good comfy sleep might put him right (After all you wouldn’t fancy sleeping on a shelf would you?)