Anyway for those of you with moss on your shoes, The Elf on the Shelf is just that, a little elf on a shelf, he’s Santa’s spy, sent to sit around your house and keep those little people in your life well behaved for fear of coal in their stocking from Santa…
It’s cute, and a fun concept, filled with magic for your children when he moves each night around your home…… but apparently he’s naughty!
Although he’s Santa’s narc, he’s a ‘do what I say, not what I do’ kinda guy. I had no idea how bad this little guy is!
I have been seriously thinking about getting in on the action because I thought it would be cute and great fun to set up things for the kids to enjoy… I have been reading so many blog posts about the elf antics and wanted in. I was hooked. I googled him and then amazoned him and discovered that to become part of the elf on the shelf crowd I would have to part with $29.95….. That’s a lot right?! But I was sold.
So when Miss Gremlin got home from school, we had a chat about the elf on the shelf, and who he is and what he does… and did she think she’d like to be part of the fun? She had heard of it and thought that it could be fun and when I told her about some of the tricks I’d read he’s gotten up to she couldn’t wait to get one…..
Of course Grand Master D and The King were skeptical but I was in and had sold the idea to Miss Gremlin….
At bed time instead of reading, we took the ipad and googled him, then we went on amazon to chose our very own little Elf on the shelf to buy. She chose a boy one with blue eyes… Operation Elf on the Shelf was a go. Afterwards we did read Harry Potter for a chapter and she settled down to sleep.
About 45 minutes later she came out, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid in her hands and said “mum I’ve changed my mind, I’ve been reading wimpy kid and they had an elf on the shelf and it’s creepy’ So I asked her to show me, which she did and then she said ‘I really don’t like the idea of him doing things around the house when we sleep mum, I feel weird about it.’
I was a little disappointed but tried not to show it, I hadn’t ordered our Elf yet because we had company and I was distracted, then I thought about it and realised I had totally dodged a bullet!
What was I thinking? She’s 8, I’ve already written about how I suspect this is our last Christmas believing, why am I trying to introduce a new tradition, and then it hit me, I’m trying to keep the magic alive. I wanted an Elf on the Shelf, no one else, just me. I wanted to do all the tricks because it looked like fun, I wanted to continue the magic of Santa and Christmas. I wasn’t ready for it to be over, but it’s not over, not yet, she still believes. I don’t need to start something new or spend more money on it, she’s still in…..
So as I settled down myself last night I said a silent thank you to Greg Heffley, who was creeped out by the Elf on the Shelf and Jeff Kinney for writing it that way.