Invariably, if you are going to do the Elf on the Shelf thing, you are going to have mishaps.
Like forgetting to move the Elf and the kids discovering her first. "That silly Elf tried to trick you guys (again?) and came back to the same spot!"
Or the day the housecleaner knocked her off her perch and left her sprawled on the floor. Horror! "Well I hope she forgives the housecleaner for touching her and doesn't give a bad report to Santa."
Or the day that daddy stepped on her.
Our elf was sound asleep on the dolly bed in Skadi's room on the floor next to Skadi's bed. She had survived the whole day there, I THOUGHT we were out of the woods.
AB was putting Skadi to sleep that night and at some point, got up, and stepped right on Mina!!
The world screeched to a halt as Skadi's eyes welled with tears, "DADDY! You hurt Mina. You touched her and will get a bad report and now she can't fly back to the North Pole and so Santa won't get our good reports. WAH!"
It didn't stop there. I heard about it for the next two days. Not only from the kids but AB as well.
"I don't care that it is cute she was in a little bed, she should NOT be on the floor or SOMETHING is bound to happen," and he was probably right.
But as it turned out Mina was none worse for the wear and flew to Santa that night and issued her good reports.
(Thank goodness AB didn't step on her face and smush it in or something catastrophic like that...)