Oh no! They want an Elf!

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Elf on the Shelf- we’ve all heard of them and are probably seeing daily pics of our friends’ elves’ naughty, nighttime activities. All this fun and time-consuming effort is in the name of keeping the Spirit of Christmas alive for our children.

I hadn’t even considered getting an elf, until last night. I was talking to the kids and my sister about various Elf activities I’ve been seeing pics of and my kids were really intrigued. Then I pulled up Google pics of different Elf-doings and Max and Lex were both amused and shocked; “That Elf wrote on that baby’s HEAD!”, “HAAAAAA! The Lego guys tied him up!”. They went to bed in agreement that Elf on the Shelf was best kept in other people’s houses. As Max put it, “That is one creepy little thing!”. I was relieved that I was off the hook.

Then this morning, Max got out of bed and immediatley started talking about what the Pro’s of having an Elf might be; “The kids would behave better”, “He might make us cookies while we’re sleeping”…Uh oh! I explained that an Elf loses his special magic if a child touches him and that once you adopt an Elf, you’re pretty much stuck. At first Max talked about how to keep our would-be Elf in-line, then he simply said, “If we get a naughty Elf, I’ll rip him to shreds and we’ll be done with him”. I told him that probably wouldn’t be necessary, and suggested that if we WERE to get an Elf and if he WERE to be naughty, then I could just let the kids touch him and he’d lose his magic. Lex pointed out what a bad idea that was because then he might not be magical anymore, but he’d still be stuck in our house and would surely cause even MORE trouble then. Quick thinking kiddo! I guess we’ll have to look into what the actual powers of an Elf on the Shelf really are. Are his powers simple to get to Santa or without his powers does he completely stop coming alive. This is a lot of head work and we haven’t even gotten one yet!

So now I’m at a crossroads-jump on the Shelf or back away from the ledge?

Who’s Elfing? Is your Elf mischevious or simply a quiet messenger between your home and Santa?

Max had these final words of wisdom for me to ponder; “If we get an Elf, I’m going to want you to attach a camera to him so we can see where he flies to. But if you do that, we might find out you were just lying about the whole thing. Or, we might find out you were just trying to keep our imaginations alive”.

Doing the Dance of the Children~

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  1. Comment by Melissa:

    Jaylee said Gabi was talking about Elf on the Shelf all day :)

  2. Comment by Susan:

    Oh, Jen… I laughed heartily when I read, “If we get a naughty Elf, I’ll rip him to shreds and we’ll be done with him”. Thank you so much for sharing :O) We don’t have an elf. Since Saint Nicholas visits us on December 6th, and he’s not connected to elves (at least not in how we’ve explained it to them), and they know that Christmas gifts come from mom and dad, the elf on the shelf isn’t necessary. Part of me thinks it would be a fun little tradition – I could tell them that he or she (have you seen that they sell little skirts to make the he a she?) reported to me specifically, not to Santa, but then I’d have to add another “to-do” on my already too full list of things “to-do”. Since you’re asking, I personally vote “back away from the ledge”, but I won’t judge you if you end up with one in your home :O) It could be fun. At any rate, at least it’s already given you great conversation at home with your thoughtful kiddos.

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