My wonderful Mother gave the kids one of these 2 years ago:
Y'all ever hear of these things? They are Santa's elves who live with you during the Christmas season. They are in your house during the day and disappear to the North Pole to help out Santa every night. On Christmas Eve they leave with Santa and do not return until the next December.
We are not the only people with this little house guest. The kids hear from their friends how the elves get into all kinds of things at night. One friend knew the elf was real because it left little pointy footprints in the flour that was spilled all over the kitchen.
The elves are never in the same place you left them when you went to bed. So....this is like tooth fairy duty (he he he...duty....can't even type that word without laughing) every night for a month...stay awake and make sure Elfie is hiding in a new spot.
I decided that making sure Elfie was getting home from the North Pole every night was enough. I was not going to compound it by "allowing" him do his worst in my kitchen. Then it came to me....like a light shining from the heavens....
Miss-D-Mom what happened to the last piece of chocolate cake??!!??!?!
Me-Donno have y'all found that sneaky elf yet?
MonkeyBoy-MOM!!! Why is Elfie in the freezer and what happened to all of the ice cream sandwiches?!?!?
Y'all get where I am going.......This year I suspect Elfie might get the last sausage balls and take a good swipe at the chocolate covered cherries. If the FlyingMonkeys are not behaving he might even get into their stuff...
Magnuts-MOM Elfie threw my Pokemon cards all over my room!!!!
Muwahhhh haaaa haaaa haaaa!