This happens once each holiday season, I’m sorry to say. The poor kids wake up and Tootsie is exactly where he was the night before. “Tootsie didn’t move, Mommy.”
Mommy = FAIL
Lucky I’m quick on my feet and Tootsie was in the perfect spot to throw this out: “I think he must be working on something in there. I’m sure he went to the North Pole and came back to finish up. Let’s see where we find him tomorrow!” I was so glad to hear my daughter say, “Yeah, I know he left. His head is in a different position.” Whew!
So this morning when the kids woke up, they got to see exactly what had taken Tootsie so long in the cupboards. He was making donuts! Of course he was! And they were delighted and couldn’t have cared less that he didn’t surprise them with a fun hiding spot the morning before. He even left them a little note to explain. How thoughtful!
Ah, Tootsie. You always keep us guessing!
Are you having fun with your Elf this year? Share your pictures of his or her hiding spots with me on Facebook, or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’d love to see your creative ideas and I’ll be sharing mine with you each day, too.