What’s the deal with Elf on the Shelf?

For Blogmas day 4, I was thinking about Elf on the Shelf.

As I mentioned in my Christmas traditions post, yesterday was the day that the family gathers at my parents’ to decorate the numerous Christmas trees in their house. The day wasn’t exactly what I expected, since my sister and my niece are sick and didn’t come, but we still had a good time.

Anyway, I hung out with my nephew for awhile and we talked about his Elf on the Shelf. Whose name is Shelf. Yeah, my nephew isn’t the most creative when it comes to naming things. I was asking him about where he’s seen Shelf, and if Shelf is also watching his baby sister. I asked him about the weirdest place he’s seen Shelf and he looked at me like I had three heads; apparently, Shelf just hangs out in plain sight and moves around his room. It got me thinking about how difficult it must be for parents to find new and creative ways to keep the magic alive while simultaneously getting their kids to behave at Christmas. I can definitely add it to my list of reasons not to have kids. It seems exhausting.

When I got home I was messing around on the internet, like I do, and I came across an article from Good Housekeeping about how one mom got rid of her Elf on the Shelf without completely breaking her daughter’s heart, and also turned it into a teachable moment. I then started thinking about how this Elf on the Shelf thing started. I know it didn’t exist when I was a kid. Why did it explode? Why is it now basically a Christmas necessity? I checked it out, and there are even cheap knock-offs, plus accessories and a bunch of different elves. I… just… don’t get it. It seems a little creepy really. I think I’d be freaked out if I thought that there was a little elf running around my room at night and watching me all the time. It’s like a little toy stalker.

What do you think about Elf on the Shelf? Do your kids or grandkids have one? Are you one of those Pinterest parents that constantly looks for new and exciting ways to pose it? I’d really like to know, since this whole thing is apparently over my head.

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  1. Liz
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    I personally think Elf on the Shelf is creepy! If I were a kid, my mom would be that mom that Pinterests the different positions she could put our elf in. Shoot, she’s even contemplated buying an Elf on the Shelf even though there’s no one under the age of twenty-six living in our house!

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    • Teresa
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      I think I’d be that mom who put the Elf in really inappropriate positions, like with a pile of beer bottles and some Barbies, just for my own amusement. My parents don’t have any kids in the house and my mom thought about getting an Elf too!

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  2. Rebecca
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    We were late to the elf on the shelf game and I genuinely only did it because my daughter felt left out. What I don’t do is make the elf do something crazy every night. I don’t understand the logic behind having an elf watch kids to keep them from being naughty yet gets into mischief everynight?.,..

    We simply move the elf and my daughter wakes up without struggle every morning to go find her. It actually makes the mornings move faster.

    Lastly, as my little life hack, I invented a story where I told my daughter if she asked the elf nicely with manners in front of mom and dad so the elf knew it was ok, she could actually request where the elf moves to.

    My daughter thinks the elf is truly listening and I don’t have to think of a place to move it… because my kid did it for me…

    Merry Christmas!

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    • Teresa
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      I totally love your life hack. I’m going to suggest something like this to the flustered parents I know when they run out of ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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