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Comment Archives: stories: News: Suburban Turmoil

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

"A tragic sledding accident"!!!! Love it. I read about this little fad last year and thought it to be a little high maintenance! Merry Christmas Lindsay!!!

http://sprocketswife.blogspot.com/

Posted by rubberbacon on 12/24/2010 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

I'd heard of this one but I don't know. It seems that children are not allowed to use their imaginations any more. We used to tell our kids that Rudolph brought our Christmas tree. Sometimes Rudolph would leave notes but never once did our kids actually see him. Let me tell you though, they believed. I think the elf should not actually be seen. If he leaves an occasional note then the kids will believe but you won't have to worry about moving him. And besides, how long will they believe that he really moves at night? You're kids are smart and they'll figure this out pretty quickly. jjnzdr@yahoo.com

Posted by jjnzdr on 12/24/2010 at 12:15 AM

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

We got one and I am so over it. Luckily my oldest is just under 3 so he doesn't really question it if "Christmas" doesn't move. It is so hard to remember to move the darn thing! But we will break it out next year, just maybe a little later in the season.

A funny thing that happened to my friend is her husband put it in the bathroom of their 6 and 8 year old girls. The 8 year old refused to get undressed for the bath and the 6 year old asked her "why Santa sent a dirty old elf?". So I would definitely recommend skipping the bathroom!

Sarah

www.thesharpslife.blogspot.com

Posted by Sarah S. on 12/23/2010 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

I could only wish for a tragic sleigh accident for the elf. Last year it was all my daughter could talk about--every day she came home from school talking about how their classroom's elf messed up the classroom, tied up the teachers, and threw away homework papers. I thought she'd like an elf of her own and conspired with my parents to have one waiting in their home when we arrived for Christmas.

That backfired, to say the least--it COMPLETELY freaked her out, to the point that she had nightmares and couldn't even be in the same room with it. It was awful! Luckily this year, even though the same elf is back at the school (and even though he kidnapped a high-schooler last week), she's a little more relaxed about "Steve," our personal elf, and hasn't had any nightmares so far. I still don't like his beady little eyes, though.

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Posted by Lar on 12/23/2010 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

Oh yeah, that's another thing about the elf that DRIVES ME CRAZY. WHY couldn't they give him velcro arms? The sewn together arms are really limiting in terms of where I can put him and they also look REALLY weird. The kid from my daughter's class whose elf only moves around the Christmas tree- His parents were REALLY SMART.

Posted by Lindsay on 12/22/2010 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

The concept totally freaks me out. I refuse to give in.

Posted by TinSmyrna on 12/22/2010 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

Too funny. My mom just got ours this year for my almost three-year-old. Oy! If they wanted to declare him a Christmas tradition, they surely should have made the little sucker better quality! He doesn't even sit really. Hello? A bean bag ass? Velcro on his little hands and feet to attach him to places? Jeesh. Give us instructions but no help! Anyway, my daughter doesn't quite get the idea of the watching, but she does love him. She brought him to daycare. This was before I read the book and discovered she's not supposed to touch him. Now he's just a doll she plays with. But we named him Buddy and maybe next year she'll get it. And I'll have to figure out how to make him sit.

Posted by JourneysAndDetours on 12/22/2010 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

HATE that elf. Am re-gifiting him as soon as possible. My boys 9, 5 & almost 3 could care less. The 9 year old knows something is up with the whole Santa gig, my 5 year old knows his melty-sweet brown eyes will guarantee him a spot on Santa's list and the almost 3 year old does not care because he will just wreck his brothers' toys anyway.

Merry Christmas.

www.giftoffat.com

Posted by Mary A on 12/22/2010 at 1:03 PM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

Love this! My stepdaughter was a late bloomer-riding horses and attending summer math camp rather than cruising the mall. Of course now she is in NYC with her first serious boyfriend which is even scarier. Still, she is not swayed by a pretty face and still does not realize her own beauty. Sorry to say Punky is already a true beauty so good luck!

Posted by Cathy B. on 12/22/2010 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

Ha! A tragic sledding accident: made me laugh out loud! I think I'm going to get an elf, though, because think of the great memories the kids will have one day! I can see how it would add one more thing to an already busy Christmas season, though! Cute story. And I love the picture of Bruiser with his little finger pointed at Santa. It looks like he knows what he wants! :)

http://kandilandblog.blogspot.com

Posted by Kandi on 12/22/2010 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Santa's special helper is a little high-maintenance

LOL! My son is 3 and all of my mom friends say that the elf is an absolute "MUST", glad I did not give in prematurely. Best of luck to you Lindsay :)

Valerie
www.CharmedValerie.com
www.MomStreetStyle.com

Posted by CharmedValerie on 12/18/2010 at 2:30 PM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

Nothing like living out in the African bush to protect you from the dramas of teenage life.

www.amysadventures.org

Posted by AmyDM on 12/12/2010 at 4:17 AM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

I loved this! I have 2 toddler boys so I can't imagine what it would be like to raise 2 teenage daughters. I understand the hope for the nerd though!

Sarah

www.thesharpslife.blogspot.com

Posted by Sarah S. on 12/08/2010 at 10:02 PM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

Haha. My dad always told me that he prayed I'd be pretty growing up, then when I got to high school, he wished he had prayed I'd be ugly.

Posted by mandyhornbuckle on 12/07/2010 at 2:39 PM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

I'm praying for nerds, too. So far, so good. On the other hand, speaking as the Queen of the Nerds, I wouldn't mind if ONCE AND AWHILE my kids got to be popular, too. There were some truly traumatic times there, especially in junior high, when I was rejected from every possible cool school activity. Anyway, I get it. But still. http://jacoblawrencenewman.blogspot.com/

Posted by knewman on 12/05/2010 at 12:30 PM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

I'm right there with you. Though I'm a bit worried I'm heading towards my daughter having the beauty and the brains, and with my luck it will just make it even worse. She'll be smart enough to not get caught breaking the rules. My daughter dances, but she recently started taking fencing. Our activity choices are like parental cognitive dissonance. While dancing is her passion, I'm thinking that fencing has a much better shot at a scholarship, and you don't hear many teenage boys saying "wow, did you see that hot fencer chickl???".

DanceMom
http://www.confessionsofadancemom.com

Posted by Dance Mom on 12/04/2010 at 4:00 PM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

Since I have two teenage sons, I'm more worried about the predatory girls out there. And the college my older son is hoping to go to next year has a significantly higher proportion of girls. I'm tempted to attend his classes with him for the first few weeks and give all the girls the evil eye. That wouldn't be overdoing the protective mother bit, would it?

Posted by marshacwp on 12/04/2010 at 10:38 AM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

Better wish the same on your son, I'm sure it's just as bad to have boy crazy girls calling! If I remember correctly, it didn't matter how beautiful the person was, if they were taking AP classes, they didn't brush with the less intelligent folks so make sure she's in AP and I think you are safe. Then have her join all the boring clubs like French and Chess! All the nerds will love her but that's okay, they don't have wild parties and bring girls home late :)

Great post!!!

http://sprocketswife.blogspot.com/

Posted by rubberbacon on 12/03/2010 at 3:09 PM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

HA! you think you have much of a chance of her NOT being a show stopper? I think it's in her genes...but so can being a nerd. perhaps it's not all nerd or totally!popular! - she could be the delicate balance of Popunerd or maybe n-orgeous!
LIB
http://bit.ly/gf0RhL

Posted by Liberty on 12/03/2010 at 1:54 PM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

I could NOT agree more -- oh, for my girls to be sweetly shy and introspective, contemplating sentence structure or violin sonatas long into a Saturday night before snuggling in their beds with copies of Jane Austen...

But here's hoping pretty can still equal nerdy, because my girls ARE gorgeous, after all :)

Sarah
http://thisheavenlylife.blogspot.com

Posted by thisheavenlylife on 12/03/2010 at 1:42 PM

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