Over 35 years ago my parents, Jim and Jewel Norris, hung a small 4” red and green, bendable elf on our family Christmas tree. After that first year, we continued to hang the elf on the tree every year. As time passed, the elf became worn and it eventually lost it’s arm.
I thought the elf was gone, until several years later, after I was married, my Mom gave me a box of Christmas decorations and in the box I found the elf. It was so ugly, red and green hard plastic, with a missing arm that I feared if hung on my tree, it would mess it up. So, when Christmas came around and all my decorations were hung on the tree, I tucked the elf in the branches so that it would be hidden, not noticeable.
One day, during the Christmas Season, I was home with our three small children, and like most kids, they were bored and needed something to do. Since I had nothing planned, I asked Tim, Christy, and Shelly to find the elf in the tree. I told the kids the elf was hiding in the tree, and for them to see who could find it first. It was so much fun watching the kids look through the branches for the elf, that the next year, I hid the elf again, and again the next year, and again each year.
Today, it’s been over 30 years, and the tradition of hiding and finding the elf continues. Even though the head comes off, and it only has one arm, and the plastic red and green paint is scratched, it is still fun hiding the elf in our Christmas Tree. And, Larry and I enjoy watching our BIG kids, Tim, Christy, Shelly, their spouses, and now, my grand-kids find the ugly elf hidden in the branches of our family Christmas tree.