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Mom ‘Retires’ Elf on the Shelf With Hilarious Letter From Santa

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Greetings from the North Pole! I am very busy preparing for Christmas, but I did want to take the time to write you an important letter about your scout elf, George Elf.

I think you will be pleased as peppermint to learn that George Elf had a very, very special Christmas wish this year. He has enjoyed you three girls so much over the years that his only wish for Christmas this year was to be a REAL toy in your house. You see, scout elves (elves who fly back and forth to the North Pole each night to report to me) are something kind of new. When your mommy and daddy were little, they didn’t have scout elves like George Elf. A few years ago, I had a great idea and wanted to try using scout elves to help me decide who is on the Nice List and who is on the Naughty List each year. George Elf and all the other scout elves have been a big help! Some scout elves LOVE their jobs and want to keep flying back and forth each night. But just like people, each elf is different. George Elf wanted more than anything to be played with like a real toy. He saw the excitement and happiness in your eyes each morning when you found him, and he wanted you to be able to touch him and play with him just like your other toys. He asked me if I could make this wish come true for him this Christmas, and I said YES! I love making Christmas wishes come true.

He thought it would be fun to hide one more time for you to find him. He knows that once you touch him, he will lose his magic to be able to fly and that’s okay! That’s what he really wants! He wants you to play with him and treat him like a member of the family from now until Christmas. I will pick him up when I visit your house on Christmas Eve and he will ride back to the North Pole in my sleigh to spend the rest of the year with his elf family.

I will still keep watch on you, just like I always have, to see if you’re on the Nice list or the Naughty list this year. Please use this Advent season to prepare for the celebration of Jesus being born and always, always treat others the way Jesus would want you to treat them. That’s what Christmas is all about! I’ll be watching to see if you are kind and caring towards others. Merry Christmas and enjoy your time with George Elf!

Love,
Santa Claus

According to PEOPLE, Heins’ daughters were totally cool with their beloved Elf’s retirement.

“I’m happy to report that they are absolutely THRILLED!!” Heins wrote in a follow up post on Facebook. “They think it’s so special that George wants to be part of our family. He definitely got the royal treatment today, including his very own bed and about 52 bedtime stories. … So happy that all of the magic is still intact but [my husband] Roy and I get a little bit of a breather this year!! Yay for love, laughter, and family memories!”

WUT, the note totally worked.

Heins said while she’s done with the Elf on the Shelf, she’s not judging other families who embrace the tradition.

“Absolutely nothing against this tradition for those who love it!” Heins said. “This is just a good fit for our family! I hope I’ve found a way (kind of a cheater way) to sort of keep it going, but take a little pressure off at the same time. … Wishing you the same this holiday season, whatever that looks like for your family!”

So, yeah. This is happening!!George Elf has been our elf on the shelf for the past three years, but after a short…

Posted by Christy Heins on Sunday, December 3, 2017

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