Last year I caught word of the Elf on a Shelf phenomenon too late in the game to participate. While I think he does have a mildly freaky grin going on, I was curious.
So, many times through this year I debated, going back and forth on whether the Elf would show up for our 2012 holidays. My big concern was whether I had the memory and creativity to pull it off so that the entire thing didn’t totally suck for the kids.
Yet last month I bought the elf, so there it is.
A few weeks ago I asked for parents’ thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, the Elf – creepy or cool? I got a tremendous response, from both sides. It was a great conversation, sharing of ideas and attitudes.
My personal take and why I decided we’d try Elf on a Shelf this year? For fun.
I thought it would be something new and exciting for the girls, a little extra spirit in ringing in the holiday season. I don’t use ‘the elf’ as a bribing tool, or a “he’s watching you!!” method, but if the kids think he is, so be it.
There is the ‘moving doll at night’ creepiness, yet Elf will never go outside our main living room and kitchen area. So, no waking up to see him standing over you, silly grin and all. Yet, it’s no different than me continually finding a Barbie or other doll in my bed, in the fridge, in my shoes etc.
There might be a little mess or two along the way, and this Mom will be adding to her already overflowing workload. Yet, it reminds me of a movie that the twins choose to watch sometimes. In it, a boy draws on the wall with Crayons. Each and every time the twins see it, they start screaming, “OH NO. You’re not allowed to color on the walls. That’s not good, right Mom?” So, a few little messes along the way could very well be a lesson in disguise, of what you are not allowed to do. Also maybe a lesson in helping and teamwork when we all clean it up.
Regardless of everything, why analyze it to death?
Ultimately, I decided Elf on a Shelf could be fun and nothing more. And, turns out it’s been fantastic!
So …. The doorbell rang and the kids unwrapped a little gift from Santa and named him Elfie. They think he’s adorable and welcomed him warmly to our home.
As Katie said with bright eyes and a loud voice, “Santa Claus really does come to town!!”, it just added that bit of magic to the holiday season.
Each morning they wake up and run around trying to find where he is. It’s so adorable to see them all greet him with “Morning Elfie!” every day.
Here’s where Elfie has been ‘hiding’ in our house so far this season![/tps_header]