The weather’s getting colder, the snow is gently falling and there’s Christmas music playing on the radio—yup, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. That means it’s Elf on the Shelf season. And guess what? It’ll be up to YOU to create 24 new, inventive ways of displaying the damn thing.
If you love Elf on the Shelf, that’s great. But to some people, well, it’s not the greatest thing in the world. Plus, with all the party prep and gift buying that need to be done, the last thing parents really want to do is spend time worrying about a darn elf. So here’s the solution: Break. His. Leg.
Yes, you heard me. And you know you want to do it. It’s the perfect excuse to give your kids as to why the Elf on the Shelf is “taking a break” this year. Well, at least that’s what one Texas mom did last year and it worked like a charm.
All mom Courtney Boles did was give her elf, Buddy, a cast made out of tape and toilet paper. Meanwhile, her husband penned a letter from Buddy explaining the situation to the kids. It said: “I fell off of the star last night and broke my leg. In the meantime, Santa will be coming here to get his nightly report.”
Despite the backlash Boles got for breaking Buddy’s leg, with people accusing her of being un-festive and lazy, she actually had a good reason for opting out of the Elf on the Shelf craze. “My 4-year-old son has autism and has a hard time following the rule about kids touching him, as clearly stated in the book, so I am limited on my options on where he can move,” she told Today.com. “Also, we were headed out of town for my daughter’s soccer tournament and my younger daughter and son were staying with grandparents. Instead of trying to come up with an excuse why Buddy wasn’t coming, we decided he should break his leg!”
There’s definitely no judgement from us if your Elf was to accidentally fall off the shelf and be incapacitated for the holiday season.
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