Like many moms come December, Brittany Mease reluctantly pulled together a plan for her family's Elf on the Shelf. "Y’all know I can’t stand doing Elf on the Shelf but I suck it up every year and do it to see those precious smiles on my beautiful children’s faces," she wrote on Facebook. Mease went on to explain that Elfis has been the elf of the house for the past five years, and on December 1, he arrived "with a broken leg and blamed it on the kids for leaving their toys out, saying he tripped and broke his leg but Doc McStuffins fixed him up and put a cast on him. The note told the kids that he was on strict bedrest orders and couldn’t move for 14 days. [[Mom win, right? I just got a free pass to not worry about moving that creepy guy for TWO WEEKS! Heck ya!]]" But that was just the beginning of the trouble for Elfis!
After more than 14 days had gone by, the kids noticed that the elf still hadn't moved from "bedrest," so when they weren't looking, Mease "grabbed him off the kitchen counter and quickly tossed him in the oven" until she could move him later. "They have been waiting for him to come back for a couple days but life’s been a little crazy with Gray being super sick and my life being a joke in general so... I forgot," she explained. "I seriously forgot I put the freaking elf in the freaking oven."
Fast-forward to lunch prep. (Oh yes, you see where this is going ...) Mease preheated the oven to bake some leftover pasta for her kiddos, and "about 4 minutes later I started to smell something REALLY funky and that’s when all hell broke loose and I broke my son’s heart," she shared. "In mid conversation with [my friend] Brittany I yelled 'FUCKKKKKKKKK!!!! THE ELF! THE FUCKING ELF IS IN THE OVEN!' Brittany rushed in to help me get him out and Gray came in the kitchen with excitement (literally the happiest I think I’ve seen him since he got out of the hospital) thinking our elf was back but his world fell apart as we were using kitchen utensils to get our burnt and melting elf out of the damn oven."
Mease thought her son Gray would have laughed at it, but it was actually her daughter Ily who did, and Gray got "his little heart broken," causing Mease to conclude "I seriously suck."
She summed up her post by sharing, "Sooooo.... guess what I’m doing today? I’m having to scramble and find the other elf we have and then I have to call Santa (in front of the kids) and ask him if he will please pick Elfis up tonight," she wrote. "Ya know, since he is unable to make it to the North Pole to get fixed because his head literally popped off from being too hot once we pulled him out of the oven and his feet are completely melted off. Damn this Elf on the Shelf sh*t. Wish me luck. Let's see how I get myself outta this one."
One silver lining of burning her elf to a crisp? Mease's post has gone crazy-viral, racking up more than 141K shares and 73K comments, mostly from people who can't stop laughing about Elfis' fiery demise. The fact that so many parents can relate to Mease's elf drama has to serve as a reassurance that she's so not alone. This charred elf story could happen to anyone. And judging from the supportive comments from fed up moms, some actually wish it would!