Our Funny Elf Name
I like Dick.
After fighting the Elf on the Shelf craze for several years, our family was forced into compliance when my sister sent ours in the mail. As elf lore dictates, the first order of business was finding the perfect funny elf name. While I really didn’t have a preference because I was still annoyed with my sister for adding what essentially seemed to me like tooth fairy duty for a month to my already busy holiday schedule, I became infinitely more interested when my kids finally decided on the perfect name.
It took a lot of coaxing to get my kids interested in this elf in the first place. I had to read the accompanying story to Hank several times before he would get within 15 feet. The kids were not convinced that this tiny elf with crazy clown eyes wasn’t something to fear.
When they revealed the name, I almost welled up with tears:
Now I know a lot of dicks, I’ve seen a few dicks, and I have a dead Uncle Dick. With the exception of our mute, creepy elf, I don’t currently know anyone named Dick. After asking several questions to make sure my children didn’t know, see, or hear Dick/dick either, I approved the name.
Sure it’s juvenile, but I laughed when Hank woke me up the first morning by bursting into our bedroom and shouting, “my Dick really is magic!”
Like a lot of Dicks, our little Dick became interesting in 0 to 60.
I can just imagine the arguments, “I want Dick” “No, I want Dick.”
And the looks on the faces of unsuspecting grandparents, teachers, and complete strangers when my children declare, “I like Dick!”
I think we are going to have a December full of love, laughter, and a whole lot of Dick. Suddenly our funny elf name has given me a whole new outlook on the Elf on the Shelf tradition even if my favorite part will be putting him away on Christmas Eve. A Dick we only play with once a year sounds great to me.
I think I like Dick too.
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