I waited until both children were safely, surely asleep.
To my closet, I crept, reaching to the top shelf. Behind a bulky, not-used-anymore pocketbook was a bag containing our Elf on the Shelf, Smiling Max, and our brand new girl elf, who will be called Olivia. I took them down, then grabbed another hidden bag full of streamers and decorations. It was time to decorate Megan's chair.
You've probably heard of the Elf on the Shelf, but did you know the elf is supposed to come back on your birthday and decorate your chair? We only found this out after Christmas when Megan was so sad that her elf had returned to the North Pole. She kept asking if he could come back on her birthday, to which I said, "Maybe we can write to Santa and ask." I'm not sure how we came to Google it, but there is a book called Birthday Traditions that says your Elf on theShelf can return to your house on your birthday! He spends the day with you and then leaves that night. He decorates your chair. The book, which we of course purchased, comes complete with a cupcake hat and outfit for your elf to wear on said occasion.
Today is Megan's 6th birthday and last night I made the magic happen.
Megan has made life more magical so it was really the least I could do.
(The glow sticks are how the elves are able to get back to the North Pole since they don't have Christmas magic or Santa to bring them back in March. Megan learned, by watching kid Youtubers, that you put glow sticks on the elves and that allows them to return to the North Pole. Ours are staying an extra day because Megan didn't want to go to school on her birthday so she could play with the elves all day. A compromise was reached and Santa Claus granted an extra day for the elves to stay and play.)
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski