What ever happened to living and letting live? Why do so many people seem to make it their job in life to decide for everyone else what constitutes an acceptable use of time and what is a waste?
We came late to the “Elf on the Shelf” phenomenon. It’s apparently been around since 2005, but we just started in 2013. Yeah, late. I wish we’d known about it sooner.
Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the elf, it’s a commercial product, but you could easily make your own if you wanted. You buy the elf, then the kids name it. You’re not supposed to handle it any more than necessary, as it will lose it’s power if you do. Each night, the elf relocates as it “watches” its family, the whole month of December. Then he/she reports back to Santa. Some people simply re-locate it, others create a little mischief, others a lot!
Yeah, some people may go a little overboard (there are over-achievers) in every endeavor, aren’t there? Is that a reason to not do it? Because someone else may do a “better” job of it? I think not.
Some days my news feed is full of the various elves escapades. I think it’s cute, but even if I didn’t, I’d just scroll on by. Whatever floats your boat, right?
Well. Now we have some people elf-shaming. Mocking those who choose to participate. Accusing them of having nothing better to do, going on and on about what a waste of time it is. How terrible it is to lie to kids about yet another make-believe thing, invasion of privacy by a creepy elf, yada, yada, yada. Personally, I think doing a whole blog post about hating the poor little elf is a bigger waste of time than actually moving the elf every night for a month!
AND, as far as I’m concerned, anything that brings parents and kids together, even for a few excited moments every day is worth spending a little time on. I mean, how often do “elf-less” kids jump out of bed in the morning – excited to get dressed, get their beds made and get downstairs? Ours do it 24 mornings a year!
So, meet our elves…
This is Jack. He is just a teeny bit mischievous…His job is to keep an eye on Joshua.
…and Lucy. She doesn’t get into QUITE as much mischief as Jack does, but she still has her moments. She looks out after Hannah and Bea.
One of the funnest parts is that even the daddies in our family get in on the act! I LOVE it! In their heart of hearts do the parents think it’s a pain in the butt? Maybe, but I’d be willing to bet those happy little faces and giggles make it so worthwhile!
I do advent boxes for the kids each year. Just a little something each day to mark off the days until Christmas (more on that in a future post!) Today their gift was really for their elves. Josh got a festive sweater for Jack…
Hannah got a fancy skirt for Lucy, and Bea got a pair of cool boots for her. They will lay the outfits out for their elves tonight and see if they put them on.
I’m betting they will! (And the mommies and daddies get a night off from needing to come up with an idea for what to do with the elves!)
And just in case you think the elves are just for kids…google “inappropriate Elf on the shelf.” Trust me on this, they can be as much fun for grown ups! Heeheehee!