Her answer was interesting, but I wonder if it would change if it were a Christmas store? I have these images of “elves” lurking in the shadows until everyone is gone, then they come out and enjoy the Christmas trees, throw “elf dust” around so everything shimmers and reflects the marvelous decorations. Christmas carols are playing and then they gather around the fire place to eat cookies and other sweets and drink eggnog.
So if a body were locked in a Christmas store with “elves” what would be the possibilities? There are lots of Christmas shows that use elves, especially any that include a Santa storyline. Elves apparently can come in a variety of sizes and can look completely human and totally unlike what we think elves might look like. In Christmas shows they often come in the sense of “angels” to help someone “find” Christmas.
The likelihood of getting locked in a Christmas store is minimal, but the idea of being an “elf” might be a really neat idea. Could we be the elf in someone’s life who desperately needs encouraging? Could we be the one who “showers elf dust” on a family who has little or nothing for Christmas?
I just recently learned about the tradition of “The Elf on the Shelf.” It seem the elf is Santa’s scout to keep an eye on boys and girls around the world. I heard the elf is used as a behavior modification object so children are on their best behavior during the Christmas season. I’m not sure how I feel about that, yet the expression, “Santa knows who’s been naughty or nice” has been around for years.
We seem to have no trouble believing in Santa. Our children learn about the “fat man in the red suit” as soon as they can understand information. What about the idea of being the “elf that helps!” Suppose we are locked in a Christmas store and we assume the identity of “The Elf That Helps” and readies all the merchandise for those families who have little or no Christmas.
I know there are organizations who do this sort of thing, but is it possible to take it a step further and make it personal for someone in our neighborhood, in our child’s class at school, or someone in our church? The possibilities are endless but as “The Elf That Helps” we could devote part of our Christmas time to helping others. ….And being locked in a Christmas store would generate a lot of ideas! Kind of like when I was a child and scoured the Sears, Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penny Christmas Catalogs!
So I challenge you, as you enjoy your personal Christmas today, tomorrow or over the weekend, perhaps there is someone who need a dose of your “joy” to make their Christmas special! Perhaps you'll have an opportunity to be "The Elf That Helps!"
Merry Christmas, Everyone!