Christy Heins never wanted to do this whole Elf on the Shelf thing. But when her best friend gifted one of her kids with the toy, she decided to give the holiday trend a try.
“I don’t think I was doing it right,” Heins tells Babble. For those unfamiliar with the concept of the toy, the Elf on the Shelf is supposed to function as a second set of eyes for Santa; he spies on your kids to make sure they’re good, but it’s up to you to hide him in a new spot every day until Christmas. “I always forgot to use him to my advantage and at night when I’d finally climb into bed, I’d find myself grumbling as I climbed back out, because I’d forgotten to move him! It got to the point where I was actually a little bit worried that I would ruin the magic of Christmas, because I was always forgetting about George the Elf.”
Some parents live for Elf on the Shelf. But acutely aware it was messing with their ability to be holly and jolly, Heins and her husband decided to retire their Elf. Literally. And their strategy totally kept the Christmas magic alive for their kids.