December 4, 2008

Muggins.



I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of our family. We've named him "Cotton Headed Ninny-Muggins", or just 'Muggins' for short. He is our new Elf On A Shelf, and he came in the mail two days ago in a package from my Aunt KK and my Uncle John.

Earlier that day, I had heard about the 'Elf on A Shelf' Christmas Tradition while reading a blog, and I thought "I want to get one of those guys for Ezra!".

Then, lo and behold, that very same evening, MUGGINS SHOWED UP. I was as giddy as a school girl. Ezra stared wide-eyed as we read him the story of the adorable little elf.

According to the story, Muggins acts as Santa's "Good Behavior Spy" in the days leading up to Christmas. Every night, he flies off to the North Pole to tell Santa if Ezra has been a good boy or a naughty boy that day. When he returns to Ezra's house, he finds a new place to hide, so every morning, Ezra has to wake up and rush out of bed and try to find where Muggins is hiding.

He LOVES it.

And I LOVE it.

Because all I have to do when I see a tantrum or whining fit coming on is say "MUGGINS!" and the boy whips himself into shape faster than you can say

"Where has this glorious Elf been all my life?!"

10 comments:

Jen Manuele said...

brilliant, BRILLIANT I say!

Dave said...

A little bit of Social engineering eh?

Andrea June said...

That is about the awesomest thing I have ever heard!!! How fun for you :)

jessica Mapa said...

Sometimes in my class I remind my kids that God is watching us. At first that get this horrific look on their face. The "I-just-sinned-against-God" look. Anyway...that look of horror is starting to end now that we have been in school about 3 months.

I pray your Muggins works wonders for as long as he is needed!!!!

skylana said...

hahah jessica, 'God is watching us'... if its worn out maybe you just need to play them bette midler. that would scare me.

what blog did you read about him on? cause i'm pretty sure i read it too. my mom has a super old one of those... she never actually used it like that, esp since we were allowed to do whatever we wanted. haha.. but yea he's cute.

Katy said...

love it! so cute!!! What a great idea!!! :-) this year will be so fun with Ezra! He's the perfect age to be into the Santa thing!

hunnybeemay said...

Okay, at first I was a little creeped out by the elf (I have a thing about puppets, marionettes, etc....I find them disturbing). But then you got to the part about tantrums and whining and omigosh I think that has got to be the best anti-tantrum device ever. I wish I had a Muggins.

Jiff said...

WOW. Would this work for a 6 year old too? lol.

Sara said...

I am going to remember this for when my son gets a little older. Brilliant! (And, you are LOVELY, by the way!)

Kalle said...

Amazing idea. I'm going to hold on to this until I can use it. Amazing!