I still half believe in fairies, and mermaids, and unicorns, and pegasi, or whatever the plural of Pegasus is. Sometimes when my mind and heart are quiet, my attention fully fixed on my children I can almost see these magical beings out of the corner of my eye. So when Hans, our elf, shows up in early December every year, I am as excited as the kids. He rarely shows up on December 1, he seems to get lost/distracted on the way to our house every year.
The debate about the Christmas elves that pops up on social media every year makes me laugh. Have one or don’t, make it as elaborate or chill as you want. If your kids ask you why so and so’s elf makes them home made donuts and yours doesn’t, just point out that everyone’s different and your elf must have other talents. Josh recently wrote our elf, Hans a note:
The picture is terrible, but it says…”Dear Hans, Will you please do pranks? Am I naughty or nice?”
To which Hans replied, “Pranks are not my talent. Bu if it is important to you. I will go to prank school, only because you made the nice list. You are one of the best ones. – Hans”
The day after Josh got his reply, Hans hid all of Josh’s shoes and his backpack, then sat in his locker. Josh was late for school. He did finally find his shoes and his backpack in the washing machine, but he had a hard time getting the rest of the things he needed out of his locker. As everyone knows, you can’t touch an elf or he loses his magic.
So far that’s the only prank Hans has played and Josh hasn’t written him again.
Anna likes to get to know him better, asking him questions about his family. She has a really good memory, so Hans has to keep track of old notes to make sure he doesn’t contradict himself. Anna has a great relationship with all of our “guardians”. Elivra, her tooth fairy, knows more about her than I do.
Max wakes up with stars in his eyes every morning. The first thing out of his mouth is, “Let’s go find Hans!” At that point I try and distract him for a couple of minutes because Hans doesn’t move at night very often. He likes to move first thing in the morning right after Max wakes up, so I have to make sure he has enough time and Max doesn’t catch him in the act.
Our Hans doesn’t report back to Santa. He sometimes rests in the same spot for a day or two. He only plays pranks upon request and only to those doing the requesting. He responds to letters, but never initiates communication.
Basically he just adds a little magic.