We do not have an Elf on the Shelf, but I had an interesting idea for those who have one. What if one night the elf takes some of the child’s old toys away with him/her up to the North Pole. The story can be that Santa is going to refurbish the toys to give to other children. The elf could leave a note advising which night it was going to happen so the child could help pick out the toys that would be going. This not only downsizes the toy collection before the influx of new toys but also explains why Santa gives commercial toys and also opens the door for Santa to give used toys for Christmas. The elf could bring a little note back from Santa that says thanks.
Here’s my silly little poem for the elf to deliver ahead of the day the toys disappear.
Elf-Enabled Toy Recycling
Do you know where old toys can go?
I can take them to the workshop up in the snow,
Where Santa will fix them up like new,
To give to a child younger than you.
So gather together the toys you don’t need,
And maybe some books that you no longer read.
Leave them in a pile here by the door,
And on <12/22>, away they will soar.
I’ll take them with me on my trip to the Pole,
And give them to Santa, so merry and droll.
He’ll work his magic on all you leave here,
Then give them to others as he spreads Christmas cheer.
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