The Elf is Back for 2014

There's pressure. The Elf is back for Christmas 2014. He's watching... but what is he doing?

Parents, if you have an Elf on the Shelf, you know what I'm talking about. There's pressure to be innovative. What crazy things will that Elf do today? And is it OK, if the Elf is "boring"?

Our Elf is named Jingle. My daughter, Olivia, was anxious for him to arrive on Thanksgiving. Some of her friends' elves were back already. I told her Jingle would come back when the Christmas decorations were up. He needs to see that Christmas spirit.

And sure enough, Jingle popped up on a shelf in the living room right after Thanksgiving. But...that's a little too ho-hum for my daughter. She likes fun; she likes Jingle being a mischievous elf.

So...Jingle's party side has been revealed once again. He's going crazy...shaving, rolling down the stairs inside a toilet paper roll, hiding inside a cup, drinking syrup through a straw, crawling in the Halloween candy and taking selfies under the tree.

Can he keep up the pace to thrill the Vanderford kids?

Parents, do you feel the pressure for your Elf to perform. And what if you forget? Been there, too. My response to the kids... "I guess Jingle felt comfortable sitting on that chair for another day." Pretty basic, but it seemed to appease their little minds.

So, what's your Elf been up to? I'd love to hear your Elf on the Shelf stories...and share ideas 'cause we've got a couple more weeks of fun until Christmas.

Happy Parenting!

About the Author...
Taryn Vanderford
Taryn Vanderford is an Emmy-winning journalist who currently works on "First at Four", "Pure Nebraska" and "Moms Everyday" for 10/11 and Gray Television.

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