As a kid, I remember asking my dad why he pulled the plug on our Christmas lights at around 9:00 each evening. He said something that came right out of the typical Midwestern dad phrasebook: "What? Am I made of money? Do you know what it costs to run these lights? Do You?"
I am ashamed to admit that I have completely failed as a parent not once, but twice, this holiday season, and it is all that darn elf's fault!
My first fail happened 2 weeks ago on a Saturday night. My husband and I went to bed without performing our nightly routine, (get your mind out of the gutter, I'm talking about moving the elf here), but in the morning my oldest daughter actually saved the d