Have you ever wondered what the Elf on the Shelf does during the non-Christmas season? Yeah, me neither! But I was nonetheless captivated by the one that joined us on our annual Mug Run, whose theme this year was Christmas. We had a festive time of it and this, our 4th Mug Run, was by far the most crowd pleasing. We got so many "Ho ho ho's", "Merry Christmas' ", laughs and cheers you would have thought Santa himself was accompanying us (best comment of the night by a stranger: "I don't know what this is, but I LOVE it!"). Our M.O. has been to change the theme every year but we might just have to stick with Christmas for the next few, it was just too fun! I especially enjoyed it - as a general rule, I am usually Christmased-out by Thanksgiving (seriously, people, can we take a stand and stop the insanity of Christmas songs/in stores in October?! I'll be sending out a MoveOn petition later today). But this, a one day celebration of the holiday with no prelude, was right up my ally! If Christmas could be like this every year, I bet my Scroogey feelings would go the way of Tiny Tim's crutch.
Instead of recapping the whole run, I thought it would be fun to follow along on the adventures of just one of Santa's helpers, the Elf on the Shelf. A larger selection of pictures from the Mugsmas run can be found here.
Our elf (who has an uncanny resemblance to Lil Sis but I am pretty sure that is just a coincidence) started the night out as any smart elf would - by stretching! Cramping while guzzling beer? Rookie mistake.
Much as when she is visiting homes during December, Elf could not actually sit normally. Her natural inclination is to perch, preferably on something up off the ground. Over the course of the evening, we were able to get her to relax a bit, but man, the company training was impressive on this front and when you would look around, chances were that the Elf would be perched on something!
The Elf was nothing if not friendly. Through the evening, she made it a point to spread joy and chat it up with the locals. It took very little prodding and almost no beer (this was at the first stop, C-view Inn) to convince her to go up to two motorcycle-riding strangers and convince them that she needed to hop on their bike! They were charmed by her elfish self and soon we entered into a fascinating conversation about their cross-country bike trip. It wasn't too long before we got the whole group around the bike, snapping pics (see the gallery at the end or on Facebook) and laughing ourselves silly. Elf just spread that kind of cheer.
At our next stop (Ocean Club Hotel), Elf showed her helpful side by tending bar. Sometimes people were confused about what to make of a life-sized elf in July, but this bartender quickly regained his composure and let her work the tap! He goes on Santa's nice list, for sure.
When we arrived at The Inn of Cape May, I was a bit concerned that our raucous group (this was the third stop and the alcohol was definitely taking effect!) would ruin the romantic plans of this couple dining on the veranda. Others in our group struck up a conversation with them and it turned out they were delighted with the addition of some Christmas cheer! Lisa M. asked, "would you like to meet Elf on the Shelf?". For reasons that remain unclear, they DID want to meet her so we sent her over. With much less awkwardness than you would expect when envisioning this situation, they became fast friends and were soon hooting and hollering with us!
After all those beers, Elf required a comfort station - but being the impish elf that she is, a men's room was preferable! Elf On The Shelf is always on the hunt for a hunk of man-elf so you might as well go where they are sure to be!
It was a wonderful night with our elf friend and by the end she too was left with nothing but fond memories. It might seem like a fun gig, but every job eventually feels like work, and Elf was in serious need of rejuvenation after being tortured by well-meaning parents and kids last December. She has just a few short months until the craziness begins again, but until then, you can find her unwinding in a rocking chair in Cape May with a beer in her hand (and a song in her heart. Obviously).
Mugsmas 2014 was the best yet! Consider joining us in 2015 - we generally shoot for the last Thursday in July, which means next year will be 7/30! Start working on your costumes now!
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