OK, you little shit…I know you’re hiding around here somewhere. You’re already late. It’s December 3rd and you were supposed to make your long-anticipated arrival two nights ago. Ad Man, the official finder in this house, is on an island in the Caribbean, so not only am I already in a pissy mood, I’m also flying solo in my search for your skinny, red ass. I have torn apart closets and dug through every Christmas decoration box. You’re not hiding in the guest room, the utility room or the laundry room. I even checked the doll bin in the toy room just in case. Nada!
Tomorrow, Biggie and Smalls will undoubtedly be regaled by their classmates’ tales of elves who appeared, as scheduled, this morning. I’m sure many of them performed crazy acts of mischief that made the kids laugh and laugh. But not my daughters because they have an unreliable elf who doesn’t turn up when expected and never does anything more mischievous than hanging upside down from the kitchen light fixture.
We’ve explained to the kids that you don’t pick your elf…your elf picks you. And, we just happened to get one who is a serious underachiever. You hide in a new place almost every night (except for when you’re snoring on the couch “watching TV” by 9:00 pm or when you collapse into bed exhausted because you’ve been all over town trying to locate that one toy that’s the only thing your kid wants for Christmas) but, that seems to be the extent of your commitment to providing holiday spirit around here. You never make snow angels in powdered sugar or paint Ad Man’s toenails while he’s sleeping. I’ve never once seen you have a rave with the Barbie dolls, “accidently” squeeze out toothpaste everywhere or spell out festive messages in mini marshmallows. I’m beginning to suspect you never even look at the creative suggestions I send you from Pinterest.
I suppose I could just run out tomorrow and buy a new elf, but I really never wanted you here in the first place. You were a gift from a dear friend who couldn’t possibly foresee the unrelenting stress you’d cause me from December 1st (or whenever you deign to bless us with your presence) through Christmas Eve. As if I don’t have enough to worry about during this neverending month as it is! Heaven forbid I buy another elf and then you decide to pop out from one of the girls’ underwear drawers. How would I explain the sudden appearance of two of you little #@$%ers?
I have this eerie feeling you’re sitting in a corner somewhere being entertained by my frantic search while eyeballing me with that smug, retro smirk on your face. You’ve probably snuck behind a long-forgotten stack of size 4 jeans assuming (correctly) that I’ll never need them again but knowing I won’t dare donate them because that would be admitting defeat. Not cool, man. Not cool.
I’m tempted to tell Biggie and Smalls that you went out for a cup of hot chocolate and just never came back. They’ll forget about you soon enough. Just wait until I pull out that Lego Friends advent calendar…you’ll be yesterday’s news. So, I’m giving you one more chance to crawl out of whatever peppermint scented hole you’ve hidden yourself in and bring some g*dd@mn joy to these children or, I swear the next time I see you, I’ll set fire to that unflattering red and white felt jumpsuit you insist on wearing year after year! Consider yourself warned.
And by the way, tell your friend the tooth fairy that I’ve seen the two wiggly front teeth in Small’s mouth so she’d better be prepared with some dollar coins or at least some crisp bills. That bitch is totally unreliable. I’m not about to cover for her again with a handwritten IOU slipped under a pillow as the sun is rising and a toothless kid is stirring. She’s got one job to do…how hard can it be? Seriously!