Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Why Elf on a Shelf can go Elf by himself...


So, we're three days shy of November, which basically means it's nearly December and all the festive holiday shenanigans will be in full swing, around town and within my home. I’m a huge fan of family traditions, celebrating the differences in cultures during the holidays, and making Christmas a magical time for my three young children. Heck, I’m 30 and I’ll admit I still get as jazzed as my kids when Christmas comes around.

However, over the last couple of years I’ve really gotten irritated with a little guy dressed as an elf; you may have heard of him? This whole Elf on a Shelf has gotten way out of control and has got to be the most annoying idea to hit Christmas since throwing tinsel on a tree. I mean, for real, who wants a creepy (yes, he looks like he’s going to dip your hand in hot water while you sleep) looking doll coming to your house every night for a month and getting up to no good, huh? I get the appeal for young children who still believe in Santa to think this elf is going to be in a new place every morning…that part I get. What really gets me going is that I think this fad (yes, FAD) is more for the parent’s enjoyment rather than their children’s. Going on Facebook and Instagram every morning to a montage of pictures about where and what these little elves have been up to is really not what I care to see, especially when the elf, who usually has some weird or creep-tastic name accompanying it, has been doing something that is not so child appropriate; think getting into the wine, messing around with Barbie or making poopies on the kitchen counter {ewww}.

I don’t really like having to say to my nine year old, “…No, Sara’s Elf on a Shelf wasn’t drunk when she found him with an empty wine bottle this morning, because Santa’s elves don’t drink alcohol…” She didn’t even know what drunk meant until then. 


And at this point I feel like there’s pressure on parents to get super creative and elaborate with these elves so their kids aren’t disappointed when sharing about their elf with friends. And what if {god forbid} mommy forgets to move the elf?? What then? I overheard three conversations (three!) at pick up one day last year about this little guy and how hard it was coming up with new and creative ideas as to where to put him, or how the older kids wanted to tell the younger ones the fact that it was yet another thing mom and dad were behind. Like we as parents don’t already have enough on our plates during December.

I thought the book Elf on a Shelf was great for kids and was fun at first. But now it has become one more thing for parents to compete about (because yes, parenting is becoming a sport), for children to feel left out about if they don’t have one, and yet another thing for parents to do and keep from their kids.

I just found this out but you know something is a fad when there’s the Mensch on a Bench, the Jewish alternative to the Elf on a Shelf, designed to add more “Funukkah” to Hanukkah!

What do you think? I really can’t be the only one who thinks this tradition has gotten out of hand? Let me know! 

11 comments:

  1. Hi Ashleigh, I felt pressured to get an elf on the shelf for my granddaughter, not by her of course. It was those darn elves at her friends houses. Luckily for us last year was the first time he came to visit and he only got into mischief once. Once was enough for my granddaughter who was absolutely thrilled and wondered how the heck he got in the Christmas tree. As for those inappropriate elves, they should be on Santa's naughty list. Now I have to figure out what Elfie will be doing this year.

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  2. I'm not a fan of the Elf on the Shelf. He's just so creepy! I definitely think the photos and elf shenanigans are more for the parents' enjoyment, which is fine if they want to do all that, but I don't have the time! :) Plus, I don't think kids (unless they're older maybe) care one single bit about what the elf is doing. I'm sure my kids would be just as thrilled that he moved to a different spot as they would that he had a mini campfire and roasted marshmallows!

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  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks the Elf on a Shelf is ridiculous at this point. I'm all for tradition but just not that one lol.

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  4. hahaha! Totally agree Ashleigh! I'm so sick of that damn elf. He's a lot of work! (and it doesn't help that my sister's elf is totally outrageous! our elf is super boring compared to hers) I don't know what I'm going to do this year now that my oldest goes to bed before me and the youngest wakes up before me....the dog might eat the elf this year. lol

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  5. Luckily, we have not started this Fad, and I'm hoping we will not. I'm afraid with my son being in kindergarten other kids will talk about it, and why we don't have it, but I really don't want to do it. Doesn't sound like fun to me...plus, he is really creepy.

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  6. I am so with you. I find the Elf so creepy and the fact that it moves around at night while you're sleeping is beyond creepy. If I were a kid, I'd never want to fall asleep. One of my children's friends woke up to find the Elf in her bed. Yikes! That's the stuff of nightmares in my book. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party on Organized 31.

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  7. OMG thank you I even seen on my facebook feed someone say we are bad parents if were to lazy to do it. WTF!!!!

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  8. I've never done Elf on a Shelf. I think the Mensch on a Bench is hilarious. We celebrate both holidays here, so I bet the elf and the mensch could get into all sorts of shenanigans together! LOL. Thanks for sharing at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

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  9. I LOVE your title Ashleigh - and I have always thought that the Elf On A Shelf was rather creepy myself! (I've had issues with creepy dolls ever since the whole "Chuckie" thing -never saw the movies but can't even watch the commercials!) So the last thing I want is a little stalker elf in the house ruining the holidays for me!

    Anyway, that photo of the drunk elf is just about as far away as one can get from the real meaning of the season - the birth of Jesus.

    Have a lovely weekend and thanks for joining us at Inspire Me Monday this week! :-)

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  10. I totally agree with you. I do not know what the big hooplah with that elf...It is annoying. Love your perspective.

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  11. As a woman with children your age (and no grandchildren), I'm sort of out of the loop with these things, but I have heard about and seen this fellow. My opinion? I don't get it. I really don't. I don't understand why you move a doll to various locations and have him get in trouble. Is he supposed to be a spy to report back to Santa? More than that, does it send a message to children that it's okay to be "bad" because it's actually sort of funny? Like I said, I don't get it, so I'm with you, Ashleigh.

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