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Saying Goodbye To The Elf On The Shelf

the elf on the shelf Like many families, ours enjoyed daily visits from The Elf on The Shelf.

Our elf — Louie — provided so much fun and laughter for our toddler each morning; he always managed to find an interesting, funny, or just plain ornery place to hide. I have to thank my husband for the brilliance behind each of Louie’s hiding spots throughout the month!

With so much joy involved with The Elf on the Shelf, I was not looking forward to having to explain to my 2-year-old that Louie would soon be returning to the North Pole, and leaving our home, for a WHOLE year.

Granted, we had the distraction of new toys to help ease the pain of the elf’s absence on Christmas morning, but our toddler definitely noticed.

“Where’s Louie today, Mommy?”

I tried to explain it to him again, but the questions have continued several times each day, and I can see the sadness on his face.

It makes me wonder how many parents just cave to their child’s disappointment and keep their Elf on the Shelf around all year? I know that there must be someone out there who does it!

I’m sure that my kid will forget about Louie within a week, and probably won’t even give Christmas much thought until fall rolls around again.

Maybe I am really the one who is struggling with the thought of saying goodbye to another Christmas season. Having just given birth to a new bay two weeks ago, and watching our 2-year-old really begin to understand the magic of Christmas, I am sad to see this time of year slip away again.

These years just go by so quickly, and I want to hold on to every moment… every second.

Was it hard for your child to say goodbye to your Elf on the Shelf, and are you sad to see the Christmas season fade?

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