He made a mess of all the Christmas decorations. He left a note saying that he wouldn't be back to stay until the house was decorated for Christmas. He got all the stuff down from the attic (as mom and dad were madly scrambling to find a very important part of the whole elf on the shelf excitement) and eluded being caught by anyone.
I had a very frantic day sorting through all the Christmas stuff and getting it set up so the Kookaburra could come back to stay that night. The kids were so excited that he was back!
At the very top of the coat closet, shoved in the back corner, underneath the ski bag, I found what I was looking for, our little friend was hiding out. I have never been so relieved to see a cute little Christmas elf! Christmas jolliness can begin!