My son is ten years old, but still loves that damn Elf, Chippy. For seven years now, I’ve faithfully moved Chippy around the house every night between Thanksgiving and Christmas – he’s hung upside down from ceiling fans, poked out between flower arrangements, rode huge stuffed animals, played in the band with Beatles figurines, dumped my son’s underwear drawer on the floor and gorged himself on M&M peanuts. There were a few times I forgot though. And I either had a little boy crying at the top of the stairs because I wouldn’t let him down until Chippy moved or I had to make up a story about how he fell asleep and forgot to go back to Santa.
And this year, I’ve not been able to find him at all. Fortunately, Chippy still shows up at his dads. But I’ve been struggling to explain why he’s missing. Chippy leaves notes though, and has explained that there’s an Elf shortage this year due to more divorces and many of the elves are sick. So they’ve been helping each other out more. Resources are thin.
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