is because the school sent a memo home telling me to buy it. The exact words were:
We all know how important magic is to children, so in the interest of Christmas, please purchase your Elf at Joanne of Hallmark. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you.
Of course, due to the above memo, the stores were sold out. And because of all the hype the school put into this Elf, my second grader woke up every morning with a frown on his face, because Santa didn’t love him enough to bring him an Elf. When we did finally get one, I had an awful time hiding it from my children… and at one moment, I had to shove it down the back of my pants just to keep everything secured.
But we’ve moved beyond all that now. I’m much wiser; I know how to handle the Elf. So, to my surprise, this year the same school has done a complete 360. Here is this year’s memo:
(photoshop allowed me to white-out the principal’s name, just to protect everyone)
Due to these issues, we request that students leave their Elves at home.
Citing disruption, loss of instructional time and “negative relationships.”