Yep, you read that title correctly. I don’t understand this crazy “trend” even though it’s been around for awhile. I only found out about this Elf on the Shelf craze several years ago when a friend said “So are you doing Elf on the Shelf?” I said “What the heck is Elf on the Shelf?” She explained how you are supposed to move it around every night and the kids are surprised every morning by the new location of the elf. Other people say the Elf lets Santa know if the kids have been naughty or nice. Isn’t that Santa’s job? Later on I learned the elf would also re-enact the bad things that the children did that day. I.e. Leaving the toys out in an area of the house, toothpaste splattered around the sink, etc..Really? Who wants to clean up more crap around the house?
I personally think parents are stressed out as it is just trying to get through the day and then thinking “Did I move that Elf today?” I know people will argue that kids need to “believe” in things but I think we tell them enough white lies between Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. Do we need to add Elf on the Shelf into the mix? Parents have a hard enough time trying to figure what to buy their kids for Christmas and where to hide the gifts in their house don’t they?
Just about every newspaper ad now features “Elf on the Shelf” book with a mini-Elf. I have also seen blog posts that state “25 different Elf on the Shelf ideas.” On Instagram, I just saw a picture of Elf sitting with medicine bottles and a note saying “they were sick and took some medicine to feel better.” Ugh! Also, I think the Elf looks creepy. (Is it just me??)
Obviously, if you are a fan of Elf on the Shelf this blog post will not change your mind about doing Elf on the Shelf for your kids. If you are on the fence about starting, here is my advice: Don’t! My kids are fine without it and have only asked about once or twice; then forget about it the next day. Your kids will survive without it and that’s just one less thing you have to deal with during the holidays!!!
Who’s with me?