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    Elf on a Shelf is creepy

    It appears that all of you have Elf on a Shelf.  I am slammed, dodge-ball style with Facebook posts, blogs, tweets and emails about what your Elf did.

    I am so not there.

    It appears that I’m the only mom on the planet who thinks that Elf on the Shelf is creepy and scary.  It’s most assuredly not welcome on my shelf.  I will never, ever have one in my house.*  That ugly, bug-eyed doll reminds me of Pennywise the Clown or a skinny Chucky and I refuse to play along.  But with that visual, you could put him down the drain and play “IT” with your kids!  Now THAT would be creative, if you’re looking for ideas.  You’re welcome.

    Maybe Elf is one of the highlights of your holiday season.  Perhaps you’ve created really wonderful, happy, magical blah blah blah traditions moving that creepyass doll around your house.  I’m sincerely happy for you.  Really!  I do not judge you (because I’m awesome like that and don’t insert my opinions into your life).

    I just don’t get it.  I don’t get why a really ugly, totally frightening, $30 doll has become the new Christmas tradition.

    Also, I don’t care how much I talk to Tucker about not being able to touch the elf.  He’d touch it.  It would end up his to move around and it would become an airline pilot or a truck driver and would never sit his skinny, disturbing self on a shelf anyway.  So maybe I’m just jealous.  Or the only sane person left.

    Not familiar with Elf on a Shelf?  Well, I’ll save you from having to crawl out from under the rock you must live underneath.  Here he is.  He’s weird, right?  And really smug looking. I’m the only one in my house allowed to look this smug.

    This is what I think he’s really like.  Just in case you needed help getting on board my psycho-train.  You’re welcome.

    *If somebody has already purchased us Elf on the Shelf as a gift, of course we’ll graciously accept him into our home it’s not too late to return it for something we actually want. 

    Note:  I really mean it that I’m not judging you if Elf brings joy to your holiday season.  Truly.  I’m scared of him.  It’s probably just me.  Still, I’d lock your bedroom doors.  And keep him on the other side of them.  Just saying.  

    Another Note: Although Elf on the Shelf gives me the heebie-jeebies, for the record, I have the upmost respect for its creator.  When I Googled it to find out how much they are for the purpose of this post, I saw an article that said company revenue is $10M annually.  So although I think that little doll would scare the shit out of my kid me, I totally admire the genius of their marketing department. 

    UPDATE!  I just Googled “elf on the shelf is creepy” and I am SO not alone!  People make videos of him being creepy!  Lots of other people have written that he’s scary.  I am not crazy.  Although it appears that I’m the one living under that rock.  And next time, I should probably Google before posting.  Apparently, people have been writing about Elf being scary for years.  In my defense, Tucker didn’t start school until September.  So prior to that, my Google searches were limited to:
    How much sleep do babies need?
    Will my boobs ever shrink back to their original size?
    Missed milestones
    Why is my toddler banging his head on the floor?

    Anyway.  That’s the end of this post.  Disappointed?  Go read this stuff then.  It’s better.

    • Joy - We don’t have an Elf on the Shelf and I guess I wouldn’t buy one! :-) What is the purpose of it, anyway? Please enlighten me!December 3, 2012 – 11:41 amReplyCancel

      • admin - Joy! Of my daily joy! The purpose of the elf is to terrify your kids into behaving for Santa. The idea is that he flies to the north pole every night to report to the big jolly guy on whether your kids have been naughty or nice. Then he comes back and perches himself on a shelf. It’s supposed to be fun for the kids to spot him each day in a different place. It probably is fun for families who have less ridiculous moms than I am. I get the idea, and think it could be cute in a Big Brother is always watching YOU kind of way. I just think he’s ugly. And scary. In a scary clown kind of way. But maybe it’s just me.December 3, 2012 – 11:48 amReplyCancel

        • Joy - Okay, I understand. We do not have this tradition here (maybe you read my about page by now?) ;-) and are not familiar with the Elf. It sounds like a nice idea but I don’t like his appearance either. And as you can see you are not alone out there! I might have too google for Elf on a Shelf is creepy and have some fun!December 3, 2012 – 12:02 pmReplyCancel

          • admin - OOOH you have an About page now? Awesome! I’m going NOW. :)December 3, 2012 – 12:32 pmReplyCancel

            • Joy - If you want to know more just shoot me an e-mail :-)December 3, 2012 – 12:36 pm

    • Frances - No, you are not alone. The Elf is super creepy and teaches the wrong message. We don’t even do Santa here, because the idea of a fat guy in a red suit entering your house at night is really creepy, too. When my kids see Santa at the mall, they look away and quickly walk past – even though they know it’s just a guy wearing a costume. We do talk about St. Nicholas – how he was a real person known for his spirit of generosity. My kids get that.December 3, 2012 – 1:33 pmReplyCancel

      • admin - Wow, I never thought about that Santa is be scary too. Big fat guy coming down the chimney…Thanks so much for commenting!December 3, 2012 – 5:59 pmReplyCancel

      • Joy - I like what you wrote about the “big fat guy”, tee hee! ;-)
        We celebrate St. Nicholas on December 6. He comes to your house (you can rent him) and tells the kids about the good and bad things they did in the course of the year and gives them some small presents, nuts, and tangerines.
        Historically, we celebrate the Christ Child on December 24 but it becomes more and more common to celebrate Santa instead. Unfortunately, we like to adopt a lot of traditions from the US (obviously we like you guys very much ;-) ) like e.g. Halloween which is something I am not too excited about. We have our own culture and traditions and should not forget about them.December 4, 2012 – 1:02 amReplyCancel

        • admin - You’re right. You should celebrate what’s traditional in your culture. So are you renting St. Nicholas this year? Sounds fun!December 4, 2012 – 10:28 amReplyCancel

          • Joy - Probably not. Sunny is already afraid of the one that is coming to kindergarten each year!December 4, 2012 – 10:33 amReplyCancel

        • mdbc77 - i love the idea of having santa give the kids a good/bad report!December 4, 2012 – 11:19 amReplyCancel

          • Joy - You can read more about it in my blog! :-)December 4, 2012 – 11:29 amReplyCancel

    • Courtney - Ha! I love your drawing! We do it, and yes, I paid for it. I do understand those who don’t. It’s fun, and honestly, it has helped my son believe a little bit longer. He has been poking holes in the Santa story since he was 4. Ours sits up high, most of the time. He does not help the kids behave better, but it’s fun to get creative with him. :)December 3, 2012 – 1:44 pmReplyCancel

      • admin - Courtney, I know you do it and I’ve actually had this post in draft mode for a while waiting until it got closer to Christmas to publish. When I saw your post, I almost scrapped it because I love that your seven-year old still believes in the magic. In the end, though, I had nothing else to write today so I used it. I’m relieved that it didn’t offend you! And I’m really glad that Elf brings your family magic. Maybe I will warm up to him when Tucker starts “getting” Christmas better.December 3, 2012 – 5:58 pmReplyCancel

    • mdbc77 - i almost bought one of those elves a year or so ago, but i took one look at the price tag and thought, uh no i am not paying thirty bucks for that thing! i, too, feel it is creepy and a total waste of time! my cousin called me a few days ago to ask if we had one and said she was going to get one for my kids (her kids are teenagers now) and i asked her if she was coming over every night to stage a new “elf-tastrophy” for me. we have not yet received that elf as a gift from her!

      i don’t like to tell my kids that “santa’s watching you” because i think that is creepy, too. but, we have been making regular “phone calls” to the jolly fat man this season. surprisingly, it works wonders when your five year old son is misbehaving at the store. i kind of wonder what the folks in ear-shot think when they hear my husband say, “yes santa i’ve got a little boy here who’s not listening….” it would be really funny if someone came over and asked him for the number though! lol.December 4, 2012 – 11:24 amReplyCancel

    • Meredith - Your second graphic made me laugh so much! That is SO creepy–and so funny :)December 4, 2012 – 2:32 pmReplyCancel

      • admin - Thanks Meredith! Glad it made you laugh! He really IS creepy! :)December 4, 2012 – 3:08 pmReplyCancel

    • Robin Jingjit - Exactly! It’s weird and there is NO WAY my boys wouldn’t touch it. Plus, we don’t do santa/any magic characters as real in our house, so it wouldn’t fit for us either. We talk about/watch movies/read books about Santa and he’s fun for them, too, but they don’t think he’s actually coming.December 4, 2012 – 6:06 pmReplyCancel

      • admin - Thanks, Robin. It’s such a relief that I’m not the only one who thinks the elf is nuts. Thanks so much for commenting!December 4, 2012 – 7:10 pmReplyCancel

    • Stephanie @ Mommy, for real. - I am with you 100%, and so is my daughter! When we tried out this little tradition two years ago, we nearly drove her into therapy. It scared her to death, and she refused to be anywhere in the house without us for weeks, just after having laid eyes on him for all of ten seconds. (She immediately hid under a blanket and wouldn’t come out.) FESTIVE FAIL.December 4, 2012 – 10:14 pmReplyCancel

      • admin - Stephanie, that’s funny! And reaffirming, somehow. :)December 6, 2012 – 9:54 amReplyCancel

    • MomboMombo - must admit – never heard of it! Living off the grid is good at times…December 5, 2012 – 4:25 amReplyCancel

      • admin - Indeed. He’s a creepy asshole.December 6, 2012 – 9:54 amReplyCancel

    • Rachel - You KNOW I love this post!December 6, 2012 – 6:37 amReplyCancel

      • admin - Ha! I love how you called him a “pint sized weasel” on your blog!December 6, 2012 – 9:53 amReplyCancel

    • Angel The Alien - I don’t really “get” Elf On The Shelf. Not only is he creepy, but the story doesn’t make sense… he’s clearly a doll, and people buy him, so how can he be magic? I saw a blogger who did something different… she made this tiny little door that can be propped up against any wall or piece of furniture, and she says it is a magic door for the elves to go in and out of when they want to spy on the kids.
      Angel The Alien recently posted…Them Is Fightin’ Words!My ProfileDecember 8, 2013 – 12:20 amReplyCancel

    • Frances - My kids are already scared of Santa, so we don’t do anything Santa-related here. But I read the Elf on a Shelf story to my son yesterday for the first time. I asked him, “Do you think this is real?” He said no. He asked why someone would write a book like that. I explained that the same people who make the doll also wrote the book and they were trying to make as much money as possible from the books and dolls. He asked for another story. We will not be welcoming any elves into our home.December 8, 2013 – 9:42 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Angel,
      I don’t really get it either but agree that it’s weird…I like the tiny door idea!
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    • Kristi Campbell - Francis,
      I love that you explained that they are just making money from it!!!!
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    • Mytwicebakedpotato - I am SO with you! Creepy little voyeur and tattle tale! No thank you! I really think that was one of my best decisions to avoid him like the plague! ;)December 8, 2013 – 11:48 pmReplyCancel

    • shelli - geez – psycho much? There is a very lovely story that goes along with elf on a shelf – its the CHILDREN who love it and the CHILDREN are what matters at Christmastime. Anyone who sees a doll and thinks violent images needs some serious therapy or has simply watched too much tv!! Sorry that you have such a Bah- Humbug approach to Christmas and that you think we all live under a rock (which we dont)but MY opinion is that he is adorable, and although i dont own one (because i dont have small children anymore)I certainly WOULD get one if my grandchildren wanted one here because i think hes cheery and festive – and that is MY opinion :) God Bless you all on this very Merry Holiday and throughout the new year!December 9, 2013 – 9:52 amReplyCancel

    • Joyful Me - Who has the energy to do that? Not me. We just put our tree up tonight and I’m almost done with my holiday cards. We are lucky if the laundry is folded. I do not have time to move an elf around and make him be amusing. Creepy? Maybe just super annoying.December 21, 2013 – 9:57 pmReplyCancel

    • Tarana - All types of dolls scare me (except stuffed animals) and so an elf would never make it’s way in our home, though I’ve seen some cute ones people have put up!December 22, 2013 – 6:00 amReplyCancel

    • Judith - Playing IT with your kids – oh my, youth traumas. I saw IT at 13 years old and couldn’t brush my teeth over the sink for weeks. Anyway, that elf looks proper creepy and is definitely never being invited into my home – thanks for the heads up!
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    • Joy Christi - I don’t do EOTS either, mostly because Im lazy and we also take pride in having our children afraid of US, vs. Santa, elves, Easter bunnies, etc. :)
      I like your “It” idea!December 23, 2013 – 5:55 amReplyCancel

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