I know that gremlins and leprechauns are known to cause mischief. And we’re all aware that Elf on the Shelf hides an evil heart beneath that beatific smile. I’m wondering if the two innocent-appearing reindeer pictured above may have crossed over to the dark side. The reason I’m asking is because things have been disappearing around my house ever since I put up my Christmas decorations. It’s true that my decorations this year can only be described as ‘somewhat skimpy’, so it would be noticeable if part of my nativity scene, or my Christmas village had wandered off, but that’s not it.
Food, household items, and even clothing have gone missing. Any item made of chocolate seems to evaporate overnight, as does anything grape-related, i.e. wine. I brought home several pieces of a pumpkin dessert I made for a party and they have vanished, along with two glasses’ worth of wine left in a bottle. Is it possible the two are related?
I checked the reindeer for evidence of either pumpkin or wine, but found nothing. However, these creatures are known to be magical – after all, they’ve got cousins who can fly! – so it’s no surprise that they’re clean.
I also can’t find my Christmas plaid tablecloth that lives eleven months of the year in the bottom of the cedar chest. I have a mental picture of the reindeer having a picnic, with my wine and dessert, on my tablecloth.
However, that doesn’t explain what happened to my missing underwear.
Merry Christmas, and I hope your holidays are less fraught with mystery than mine.