The Heartwarming Way This Mom "Retired" Her Family’s Elf on a Shelf
With a little help from Santa
This article originally appeared on Real Simple
Elf on a Shelf carries a ton of controversy. While some families love it, some parents can't stand the idea. Others, like mom Christy Heins, tried it out for three years before finally having enough. She attempted to sneakily remove him from her home without her kids looking, but in the end, had to enlist a little help from the big man in red himself: Santa.
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With a letter straight from Santa Claus himself, she told her family that their Elf on a Shelf, George, was retiring. Heins managed to make this a magical moment for the kids even though they had to say goodbye to a cherished tradition. But as a busy mom of three children (plus a dog), placing George Elf around the house became a chore. The holidays are supposed to be a peaceful time, but unfortunately, George Elf just wasn't helping out in that department.
In a letter Heins posted on Facebook, Santa explains that George Elf has been a scout for him, determining who was naughty and nice. But now it's time for George Elf to fly back to the North Pole to be with his own family.
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Christy is encouraging families to use her letter if they're in the same bind. Simply replace her Elf's name and family information with yours, and your kids will be so glad Santa wrote to them that the loss of the family elf will seem like a happy occasion.
Read the heart-warming letter below:
Greetings from the North Pole! I am very busy preparing for Christmas, but I did want to take the time to write you an important letter about your scout elf, George Elf.
I think you will be pleased as peppermint to learn that George Elf had a very, very special Christmas wish this year. He has enjoyed you three girls so much over the years that his only wish for Christmas this year was to be a REAL toy in your house. You see, scout elves (elves who fly back and forth to the North Pole each night to report to me) are something kind of new. When your mommy and daddy were little, they didn't have scout elves like George Elf. A few years ago, I had a great idea and wanted to try using scout elves to help me decide who is on the Nice List and who is on the Naughty List each year. George Elf and all the other scout elves have been a big help! Some scout elves LOVE their jobs and want to keep flying back and forth each night. But just like people, each elf is different. George Elf wanted more than anything to be played with like a real toy. He saw the excitement and happiness in your eyes each morning when you found him, and he wanted you to be able to touch him and play with him just like your other toys. He asked me if I could make this wish come true for him this Christmas, and I said YES! I love making Christmas wishes come true.
He thought it would be fun to hide one more time for you to find him. He knows that once you touch him, he will lose his magic to be able to fly and that's okay! That's what he really wants! He wants you to play with him and treat him like a member of the family from now until Christmas. I will pick him up when I visit your house on Christmas Eve and he will ride back to the North Pole in my sleigh to spend the rest of the year with his elf family.
I will still keep watch on you, just like I always have, to see if you're on the Nice list or the Naughty list this year. Please use this Advent season to prepare for the celebration of Jesus being born and always, always treat others the way Jesus would want you to treat them. That's what Christmas is all about! I'll be watching to see if you are kind and caring towards others. Merry Christmas and enjoy your time with George Elf!