As I have mentioned I do the elf, but I came across a problem this year that I haven’t had to deal with, and that is my son is very excited about Nestor coming to see us and wants to tell all his friends about what the elf is doing.
This is lovely right up till he tells a friend who’s parents took the sensible option and didn’t do an elf.
You get the questions, but why doesn’t Sid have an elf? does that mean I am naughtier than Sid? Am I on Santa’s bad boy list? I thought the elves went to everyone’s houses.
And I am sure poor Sid’s parents are getting it from the opposite end. Why does monkey get an elf? Have I not been good enough to get an elf? Everyone else has an elf.
So then you are sat there, thinking, shit how do I answer these questions? What the hell are Sid’s parents saying.
Its not like you can say, Sid’s parents decided they didn’t want an elf because after a couple of glasses of wine moving the fucking thing just seems like far to much effort and they can’t be arsed to think of a good enough excuse as to why the elf didn’t move. Or words to that effect.
You can’t really explain to a five year old, that maybe Sid’s family want to different traditions as a family, because that still doesn’t explain why Father Christmas didn’t send an elf to Sid’s house.
I never did come up with an answer that was good enough, I ultimately went with, maybe their elf is ill. I stopped short at and maybe Santa will send a special present to make up for it.