What am I going to do when Ellis Elfington is no longer here?
Thing 1 and Thing 2 are enthralled by him and his ‘magic’ and, I’m ashamed to say, I may have used the power of Ellis to keep the peace at times. I hear myself saying “what would Ellis think?” and peace is restored.
But it has backfired; the more ‘real’ I’ve made Ellis Elfington the more demands the children make of him. They’ve asked questions and left food out for him and expect answers in the morning. This translates to me having to think very hard about his handwriting, nibbling pieces of Christmas chocolate left for him (ok, not such a hardship) & remembering not to leaving a trail of evidence behind me to keep the magic alive. It’s hard work but worth it in the morning.
So, this week Ellis Elfington has been exploring our house, leaving notes and photos for the children to discover. The notes have been a good way to remind Mademoiselle to think about others at Christmas time, and it has worked.
Here is Ellis playing with the toys whilst Thing 1 & Thing 2 were at school/nursery
And Ellis wore his Christmas Jumper on Friday, whilst enjoying tea & cake – and a joke – with Panda, Little Mister’s favourite toy…
We diverted a near disaster when Little Mister found Ellis Elfington hiding behind the Poinsettia. His natural reaction was to put his hand out to bring him forward for us all to see, which of course as everyone knows means his magic will stop working. Mademoiselle screamed (high pitched) which made Little Mister cry (sheer shock, I think!). But we survived!
This note from Ellis reminded Mademoiselle that all her friends & family loved seeing her writing and would be very grateful to receive a Christmas card. It worked & they were all written in one afternoon!
It’s been fun having Ellis in our house & I know the children are going to miss him when he’s gone – me too, probably! I wonder if Ellis does Eater appearances ? *ponders long and hard*
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