This year is the first year that I no longer have children who believe in Santa. When I had to come clean to my children I explained to them that Santa is about the magic of Christmas and they were now in on this very special secret. It made them feel special and grown-up.
When my oldest found out the secret he became responsible for Jangles and making sure he moved every night. I was very happy to give up this job and pass it on to him. Now that the ruse was up for both my children. it was time to get rid of Jangles, our elf on the shelf.
I am sure you can understand how happy I was about finally getting rid of this thing. It is the thorn in every parent’s side. Seriously I now warn parents not to hop on the elf on the shelf bandwagon.
I could have sold Jangles but instead, I decided to put him up on our local free group. As I explained to my children, it was time for Jangles to go to a new family to be with their children and part of their magic.
I had a few interested people so drew a number. The mom chosen said her husband would come that night to pick him up. That is when the magic of Christmas became a reality for my youngest son.
The father showed up and shared his story with us as I tried to talk him out of joining the elf on the shelf family. It was already too late for them, Jangles would be their 3rd elf.
They have three children and two elves. Every morning the two oldest kids rush down and find the elves. The youngest child never gets to find one. The morning I listed our elf on the group their youngest had written a letter to Santa.
Please can I have my own elf. My brothers never let me find our elves.
My heart melted. It was meant to be. Jangles was meant to be with this famiy. As my youngest heard this story he says to me “See mommy, it is Christmas magic”.
Heart melting. He gets it!