“Actually Josh, this is a really big special grown up secret, so if I tell you, you can’t tell any kids or your sister, ok!” He was good with that, and kind of excited to know the Easily Distracted By Truck And Boobs Trucker Shirt of Santa Claus. This is how I explained it. “Santa is real, Santa is based on a real man name Nicholas, who many, many years ago snuck around giving presents at Christmas time to all the children in his village. He has passed that tradition now onto each generation that followed. So when he died the children he had given to became Santas to their families and then their kids grew up and did the same and then their kids grew up and did the same, and now your dad and I do the same for you and Bek and one day, you will do the same for your kids too!” Well, you Couldn’t contain his excitement! He wanted to tell Bek straight away, but he knew he wasn’t allowed. So he told his favourite teddy bear instead.
Once upon a Easily Distracted By Truck And Boobs Trucker Shirt , there was a mom who’d never heard of this elf business, but had moved to CA from ND and had two, nearly three, kids, one of whom was a very precocious three year old. This mom had a mom, we’ll call her grandma, who had an Elf. Grandma gave the mom a rudimentary breakdown of the “Elf” game, and then gave a much more elaborate breakdown of it to the precocious three year old and his one year old brother. And so, the Elf game was begun. The rules in this household (as understood by the mom) were basically that the Elf would arrive on December 1. He’d hide somewhere in the house, watch the children all day, and report back to Santa each night, arriving again before the children awoke, hiding in a new spot, and waiting another day. On December 24, the elf would go home with Santa in his sleigh, his duty done til next year. The Elf wouldn’t be touched, or he’d turn into a doll again and no “extra special Elf gift” would be waiting with Santa’s gift that year. The children (the three year old) named their elf “Holly Jolly.” The game began and was easy, as the family lived with Grandma and Grandpa, who had a very large, very nice house with *very* high ceilings (and therefore lots of high hiding places for the elf, far from reach).