5 Year Old: Oh, they are green. Green is my favorite color. Are they bigger than me, mommy?
Me: No, I think they are small, like elves. Smaller than you.
5 Year Old: Are those the same kind of shoes like elves wear?
Me: I'm not sure - maybe. Probably.
5 Year Old: Are leprechauns real, mommy?
Me: No, leprechauns are just made up in stories from a long time ago and they are fun to talk about.
5 Year Old: We read about the shoemaker elves at school. Are elves real, mommy?
Me: No, elves are just in stories too.
5 Year Old: BUT WHO HELPS SANTA MAKE TOYS, MOMMY???????
Me: [insert panicked look here] Oh, those elves, no, those elves are real, baby. Just the ones from fairy tales are imaginary.
5 Year Old: OK, mommy.