Okay, before anyone starts throwing candy canes and toilet paper at me, let me explain. I don’t hate the Elf, but I am not particularly fond of him(or her) either. Perhaps because I work in a place where the Elf is “adopted” out, and he makes his appearance before Halloween. I think it is mostly because that smile totally creeps me out.
I should really be worshiping that Elf because way before the Elf became popular or really known, my grandmother had an ornament that looked exactly like Chippy(or whatever said Elf’s name is). It brings back nice memories of a good meal and time with the family. The problem, you ask? I only remember it because my grandmother used to talk to it when she started having dementia. Maybe that’s why I consider it creepy. Or crappy. Whatever.
So, please, help me figure out what the heck the big deal is with Elf On The Shelf
Okay, I know that the Elf is supposed to watch over children and report back to Santa whether they have been naughty or nice. And he is supposed to hide in a new place each night and the kids are supposed to find him. I get that.
But the real question is why? You can just call Santa on his cell phone and tell him that the kids are bad. Or send him and email or text, I am sure there is an app for that.
And if this tradition is geared towards children, why oh why does the Elf get caught drinking? Or toilet papering? Aren’t we trying to tell kids that they aren’t supposed to do that? So, kids, if you get caught, just tell the police that the Elf taught you to do that. See how well that goes over!
Along the same lines, why does the Elf have to be so naughty? Again, he or she should be a role model! Not that some of the posts I have seen aren’t totally hilarious. For instance, one blogger talks about how her Elf has low self-esteem. This post had me ROFL. But I think it is commendable that this Elf mother is a responsible role model by keeping her Elf in line. There is nothing wrong with that! Basementblogging, stick to your guns. Make him walk the straight and narrow!
So what happens if your child sees Elfie in a store? How do you explain that one? Would love to hear how you handle it. Well, if your kid misbehaves, I suppose you can stick them in the chair and play the theme song to them. “The Elf on the shelf is watching you, watching you, watching you…..” Okay, I *hate* that song, because it is played over and over and over in the promotional video. We have our own lyrics to it, but I will spare you. They really aren’t very nice.
Oh oh oh! While I think of it. Is it really necessary that the Elf has its own fashion line? Really? Birthdays, football jerseys, skirts, and chef outfits. I have to settle for regular clothes, and this stinking Elf gets its choice of clothing? So. Not. Fair.
Okay, all kidding aside. I really do think it’s a cute idea. A lot of families have their Christmas traditions that include the Elf. Perhaps my dislike of this silly Elf is because my kids are both teenagers now. They are as terrified of that Elf as I am. Or maybe they think they are too grown up to admit they like it. In any case, to each their own, and there is no hate here.
But one last bit of advice? If you hide your Elf in the microwave, don’t accidentally cook it. One parent I know actually did that. It was not a very nice Christmas.
So what does your Elf do? Naughty or nice, share it here!