We don’t do Elf on the Shelf…

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I KNOW that the fact that I have said this, is going to send lots of people shouting “BUT it’s fun, and it helps children get excited about Christmas, and makes them behave if they think the elf is watching and it’s all part of making magic for Christmas”

Elf shelf

Elf on the Shelf (I am not linking to their website) is a big thing in the US and other countries and has crept into the UK as a “Christmas Tradition”. The elf is meant to be Santa’s eyes and ears anywhere and parents are supposed to  move him/her round the house, each night to keep the children on their toes. You name them, you can buy accessories for them, they even have their own iPhone app. Some parents make their elves naughty and they “get up to” all sorts of antics and some leave notes for the children they are watching, there are Pinterest groups, Facebook pages, and blogs all about him/her and his antics and ideas for what to do with your elf. 

I am definitely bah humbug about this new tradition. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find the idea of telling my kids someone is watching them, a tad creepy. Apart from the fact that I don’t have time to move an elf around the house each night, for 24 nights, (and Layla would probably eat him, anyway, she likes to destroy and digest small toys of the Christmas variety, she is definitely bah humbug about Christmas) I think the whole thing is a bit daft really. It’s a whole new trend that is being heavily marketed and just adds to the guilt and insanity that has become Christmas….

I think my dislike stems from childhood trauma, my maternal grandmother had a dreadful picture on her wall, that she used to tell me was “watching me” and I now have a thing about being watched by inanimate objects. 

I also, frankly DO NOT have the time, energy, or capacity to put the damn thing somewhere, every night, and create scenes or antics for it, or make up fun things for it to do, to amuse and entertain my kids. More power to those that do, but frankly normal life plus the chaos and extra busy that is Christmas means that keeping my children more amused as we countdown to the end of term and the Christmas holidays, by mucking about with a toy elf, is low on my list of priorities. I see all the fun on social media and I tremble at the thought of trying. I also feel rather resentful when people suggest that my children are missing out because we don’t do this thing that apparently is now a Christmas “must” along with advent breakfasts, expensive advent calendars, presents on Christmas eve, and all the other things. My kids don’t know what Elf on a shelf is and they are not missing out. I am rather relieved that they are happy and excited to eat chocolate beforebreakfast out of their advent calendars for 24 days in December, and that seems to be as good as it gets and needs to be for them, and me!

So, no Elf or other cute character getting up to mischief  here… Who’s with me?

Creepy little critter, that just wants to add more crazy to the Christmas season, he’s not welcome in my house… πŸ˜‰

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8 comments on “We don’t do Elf on the Shelf…
  1. I’m with you I think he’s seriously creepy! In fact I wrote a blog post myself today about just that! Ha! Great minds and all that πŸ™‚
    (Mostly) Yummy Mummy recently posted…The one where there is definitely NO elf on my shelf

  2. I never heard of this until I moved to America – and I too find it creepy!
    Molly @ The Move to America recently posted…What Are You Thankful For?

  3. Kim Carberry says:

    I’m joining in with this tradition this year…..The elf is creepy and I’m sure I will have nightmares about him but I know my girls will love it x
    Kim Carberry recently posted…A little bit of company….

  4. We love our Elf! We didn’t go for the creepy version though…. and I only really use him as a funny thing for the girls to find every morning when they wake up in December, I don’t lay the ‘watching’ bit on thick (or at all really!). I’ve blogged about it of course πŸ™‚ feel free to pop over and see how cute he is!! Bloomin’ hard work though πŸ˜‰ #PoCoLo
    Stephs Two Girls recently posted…Different, or Typical. Which is more amazing?

  5. emma t says:

    No, never planning on having one here. I’m not too worried about the watching, but it’s the effort needed. I struggling to think of anything more than chocolate to put in N’s advent calendar so a daily elf activity would be way beyond a) my inkling and b) my creativity

  6. Christine says:

    I can see the appeal but my kids are both older now so it would be rather wasted on them. It would just sit there collecting dust like everything else! #pocolo

  7. I’m not overly taken with the idea either, I don’t tend to do the whole Santa won’t come if you’re not good either, as then I’m screwed for 11 months of the year! I love Christmas but maybe I’m bah humbug on this πŸ˜‰ x
    Franglaise Mummy recently posted…My crazy work experience in France

  8. Debbie says:

    I never heard of Elf On A Shelf until recently and I’m not sure about it. Luckily my children are at an age when even if I thought it was great idea and adopted an elf to watch their every move, they would probably have me institutionalized!

    I used to tell the children that as Father Christmas couldn’t be everywhere he had helpers that dressed up as him to keep an eye out for any boys or girls who were misbehaving..Or just being down right naughty!…I worked for us, without having a naughty Elf On The Shelf watching their every move.

    Popped over from #PoCoLo.
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