This year, I got a bit of a late start with Buddy, our Elf on the Shelf.  I’m gonna blame it on Thanksgiving falling so late this year.  And the fact that Buddy was MIA!  For some reason, I must have thought it would be a great idea to stuff him in a laundry basket I never use instead of keeping him with all of our other holiday decor.  Mischievous little guy!

Since my son is 4 now and rather spoiled blessed in the toy department, I decided to use Buddy as a conduit for learning about sharing with those less fortunate.  The kid seriously has an entire room packed with toys, half of which he never plays with and some of which he doesn’t even remember he has.  Jack is a sweet, sweet boy, and he does express his gratitude often, but I believe it is a good exercise for all children to do what they can to help others in order to cultivate humility as they grow.  So here’s where Buddy comes in.  Buddy and I wrote a little poem to deliver on his first night with us, asking for help spreading the holiday spirit.  Buddy brought a book as a little gift but also came with a Santa sack to be used for donations for toys and clothes that Jack has outgrown.  I’m so excited to see his reaction!

Elf on the Shelf poem

In case you can’t read it, the text is as follows:


Hello again, my dear Jack!

I’m so excited to be back.

I cherish this time of year

when Santa and I spread holiday cheer.

And since you’ve been so very sweet,

I brought to you a special treat…

a brand new Christmas storybook.

I can’t wait for you to take a look!

But I’ve also brought an empty sack

for unused things you’d like to pack

for little girls and little boys

who may not have as many toys.

I hope I can count on your help.

Love, your friend,

Buddy the Elf

Elf on the Shelf