Putting a Troll in a Bowl

Our Christmas troll in its bowl

So, there’s this thing called an “Elf on the Shelf.” It is basically an elf doll that the elf doll manufacturers encourage you to purchase and place in your house. This elf doll is supposed to add to the elaborate mystery surrounding Santa Claus, as the elf comes with a back story involving it returning to the north pole on a nightly basis to report to Santa. You can make the elf do funny tricks or pose it in different spots in the house, and it can bring prizes and treats during the long wait for Christmas Eve.

My kids never paid any attention to the boxes of elves in the stores, luckily, but last year they noticed that some of their friends had this elf and that the elf brought those children treats. So, of course, my children wanted this elf as well. It could have been a grotesque “holiday spider,” and they would have whined for it if they suspected it might bring them candy in its bulging egg sac.

Anyway, I was not interested in purchasing this elf or any of its accessories, because I can barely bring myself to lie to my children about Santa let alone about an elf doll that comes alive at night and flies to the Arctic Circle and back in under 12 hours. So I dug around in our Christmas decorations bin and found the holiday troll. This troll doll I once bought from an after Christmas sale in the long ago before the children, because it was just so ridiculous. It’s a regular old troll doll with green hair and a festive green outfit.

Being the resourceful people that we are, we placed this troll in a plastic bowl and dubbed it “The Troll in the Bowl.” The Troll did nothing much other than sit in its bowl, but candies did occasionally appear in its bowl in the afternoon. My kids began asking “When will the troll poop again?” and “Do you think the troll poops just M&Ms and jellybeans or other candies too?” And this ridiculous tradition that we have here in our house of the candy-pooping-troll-in-a-bowl was the inspiration for the comic strip named “The Christmas Troll.” Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go help our troll pass two rather large chocolate truffles for my children to gleefully consume.