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Reasons Why Your (Military Kids’ ) Elf on the Shelf Didn’t Appear/Move Last Night

We recently received this bulletin that must be widely disseminated to all military kids who may be impacted by these recent issues at the North Pole. Top Elf, Charlie Bravo, who heads up the Military Kids Elf Division, has listed these possible reasons as to why your child’s Elf on the Shelf may not have moved or appeared as of yet on their shelf:

  1. Santa released new uniform guidelines and we are all waiting in line to be issued our new set of EDUs (Elf Dress Uniform).
  2. The MPs caught me flying 21 mph in a 20 mph zone in the housing area.
  3. We’ve been working so hard at the North Pole that Santa gave us 24 hour “Snow Leave”!
  4. Workshop Lockdown: One of the elves lost a pair of night vision goggles.
  5. Pulling a double shift at the “Toys for Tots” collection at the mall!
  6. There’s a mandatory training event at the workshop.
  7. All the elves have to go out to the training area to qualify on the new navigation equipment.
  8. It’s a four-day weekend so the elves from the sled shop are taking liberty and heading somewhere extra snowy.
  9. Three of my elf buddies are reenlisting tomorrow. I can’t miss their re-up ceremony!
  10. Unfortunate allergic reaction to some blue camo that should have gone on toys (but went on my face instead).

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  1. Judy Davis on November 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Such a fun post! LOVE it and am sharing with my daughter who this year is the first year he will be visiting their home :)!

  2. Amber on November 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Love this post and I’ll keep these ideas in mind for sure.

  3. Dea on December 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I’m don’t normally comment in order to complain, but #2 really bothers me. As a former MP’s wife, I know how often the MP’s get trashed over everything. This idea not only does that in a “cute” way, but also send children the wrong idea about MP’s. Just like civilian cops, we shouldn’t encourage hate towards them, but encourage a respect for them (like Firemen). All that said, why not go with the idea of “a MP pulled me over because one of my Christmas lights were out and it wasn’t safe for me to fly in the dark like that”?

    • Brittany on December 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      It’s really not that serious .

      • RACHEL on December 1, 2015 at 10:28 pm

        Yes it is Brittany. That one hit me too. Every time I go anywhere and meet another Mom, our husbands come up and I mention my husband being an MP and its all “I hope he doesn’t give me a ticket” or a bunch of other judgemental crap. Not to mention telling your child an MP pulled someone over for going 1 MPH over the speed limit tells the child that is ALL the MP does. MPs are not bad people out to get you and they shouldn’t be treated as such. Honestly they hate giving tickets because it is more paperwork AFTER shift meaning after they are working all day or night they still have to stay after until EVERYONE finishes their paperwork CORRECTLY. Using MPs in an excuse for the Elf on the Shelf not making it can be cute and a good learning experience. Don’t waste it on judgemental crap that is only going to make your children think that MPs and Police don’t do anything but write tickets all day.

    • Shanna on December 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      No one is encouraging hate toward MPs. It’s a joke. And everyone knows not to speed on base. That’s why it’s funny. I also am a former MP’s wife and didn’t even think twice about #2 on this list.

    • Kathryn on December 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Relax, it’s not that serious. Have a sense of humor.

    • Ashlee on December 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Good point! Honestly didn’t think about that.

    • Renee on December 1, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Hate? What hate?

      • Minoga on December 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm

        The world is just full of people waiting to be offended…

    • Betsy | on December 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      Seriously? Get over it. It’s hilarious.

  4. Kim R (1200 Miles Away) on December 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    This is so stinking cute! We have issues with our Elf (he gets lazier as the holidays approach) so I’m really excited that he has good excuses as to why he hasn’t shown up (and why he sometimes disappears).

  5. Julie on December 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Awe…these are so cute 🙂

  6. Veronika on December 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    So cute! My daughter will get a kick out of this!

    As for MP, at that age, parents are primarily the ones to influence and set an example for their children. Kids are encouraged to follow the rules and be law-obedient most of the time; violating the law and being punished for that is a pretty set concept. No need to read between the lines, especially, if it’s not there. The hate idea being promoted here is simply silly. The whole thing is a funny joke and that’s exactly how children will look at it.

    Happy holidays, everyone!