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Elf on the Shelf. Goodness, that thing is EVERYWHERE. Right after Thanksgiving, I feel like this thing is constantly shoved in my face. That my kids NEED an Elf.
But you know the collective feelings I have seen from parents on these things? THEY HATE THEM WITH A PASSION! So why on Earth are they so terribly popular?
The Magic of Christmas
You hear that phrase over and over during the Christmas season. "The Magic of Christmas". Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas time. But gracious.
From what I understand, the point of the Elf on the Shelf is to get your kids to be good until Christmas because this magical moving elf is watching them for Santa and reporting back to the North Pole about their behavior.
And something about not touching them or they explode or something? The details are a little fuzzy there for me... Lol
I Just Can't
Maybe moving this little booger around every night and doing magical scenes with it is your cup of tea. Some of you are completely amazing at coming up with fun stuff for your elf to do.
I, on the other hand, ain't doin' it. There's really enough on my plate to add "move the magical elf around before the kids wake up in an uproar because there's something wrong with the elf" business.
Yes, I know. There's other ways parents use the elves. I just can't get on the bandwagon.
And can I say these things kind of creep me out just a little? Am I allowed to dis the Elf? Because him giving me the side eye look with that weird smile is just no.
But most of all, getting my kids to be good so Santa will bring them their gifts is just not how I want things to go. My kids know about Santa, but he's not big in our house. He doesn't bring the kids gifts, he's a story in a book or on a movie.
Plus I'm cheap on a budget and these suckers are around $40 a pop. Yeah... That's a whole lotta nope.
You do you
Bottom of the line, our Christmas with our kids isn't about an Elf checking on them or doing any other thing that people make them do. I know plenty of people who use the Elf on the Shelf without the naughty and nice component and their families love it. Kudos to you guys that love this thing!
If it works for your family, that's great. But I do feel like we are in the 1% who really don't like these things or use them. We have the Donkey in the Living Room Nativity set that we do and I know plenty of people that use the Shepherd On The Search instead.
We said no to the Elf. Do you do the Elf on the Shelf in your house (as is or modified)? Or do you do something else? Or nothing at all?