To me, there truly is something magical about this time of year. The air gets colder, the days somehow quieter, and the feeling of summer leaves without ado. It’s my favorite time of year. The kids go back to school, the tourists return home, and the promise of approaching winter is a problem for later.
I love summer reading, for sure, but there really is something special about curling up with a warm cup of pumpkin spice and diving into a good book. Preferably, in my opinion, a scary book. After all that summer romance literature, I know I can’t be the only one itching for a read to compliment my October.
If you’re like me, and this sounds like something you’re in search of, then I think I’ve got what you’re looking for.
Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about The Elf on the Shelf, but in case you haven’t, it’s a children’s book that comes with a little elf doll. The premise of the book is that the elf doll is there to watch over the child for Santa Claus, and every night, the parent is supposed to sneak into their child’s room and move the elf to a different spot, so that when the child awakes in the morning, he/she will think the elf doll flew back to the North Pole to report to Santa.
Can it be that I am the only one who finds the whole idea of this Elf on the Shelf creepy? Surely not. And so, I’m inviting you to join me in Peculiar, Missouri, where five special little children have just received their own elf doll. The doll calls himself Santa’s Little Helper, and he’s making a list, all right, but if that list is being handed over to someone, it sure as heck isn’t Santa…
…and it isn’t the Easter Bunny, either.
–Thank you so much to my host for allowing me to post here, and Happy Halloween! –H. D. Gordon
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