Tuesday, December 9, 2014

No Snitch on My Shelf



The Elf on the Shelf is a children's book explaining the story of Santa's scout elves, who are sent to be Santa's eyes and ears in homes around the world! Hurrah, for Santa! Uh...wait a minute...the scout elf is doing what??


You heard it right. Santa's watching you, kids, and he is in league with that snitch on the shelf. As if it's not creepy enough that "he sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake."

The contemporary tradition that surrounds the "elf on the shelf" is that the elf helps Santa manage those pesky little naughty and nice lists - and the elf gets a little help from Mom and Dad, too. Parents get in on the act by hiding the elf all over the house or placing it in staged scenes, moving nightly. It's fun, right? Unless, of course, you forget to move the elf. More than one parent has reported a total meltdown when the elf didn't get moved. 

Not the kids...the parents: 

"You forgot to move the elf! You're ruining Christmas!"

"Me? I thought it was your turn to move the elf? Why did your mother buy that thing anyhow! Yesterday, it was glaring at me in the bathroom."

This manger is a little crowded.

Okay, okay...I know...it's a cute idea. But I'm against introducing new characters in the Christmas story. There's 365 days in the year to choose from. Why didn't the author chose another time of year with the Fairy in the Dairy, a lovely winged creature who hides behind the milk and keeps track of your calcium intake? Or the ever popular Sprite in the Night who makes sure kids get enough sleep. How about the Troll by the Bowl who reminds you to mop the bathroom?  Friendly, helpful characters...that's my suggestion. 

Besides, if I were a kid, I'd be leery of a miniature guy in red who keeps creeping around the house, possibly looking for a reason to put me on a naughty list and report it to Santa.

I have a tradition of my own that we call Mr. Bones Sits Alone. On any given day, he's hanging around somewhere (he even wore an elf hat for a while). Bones has no ulterior motive in anything he does. I think he was riding a flying pig last time I saw him and it doesn't even occur to him to rat you out to Santa.


Different strokes, as the saying goes. 


14 comments:

  1. Perhaps the Elf on the Shelf can also be the Elf Who Helps. He can be used as a nanny cam since he always watches everything. My mom had a Kitchen Witch that hung on the wall. I don't remember what the witch's purpose was, but it couldn't have been good. The List With the Fist punches me if I forget to write down an item that I need from the grocery store. My new running shoes are actually Stunning Shoes that deliver a taser-like zap to my entire body if I try to walk faster than .01 mph. I'm not that slow. It's the shoes.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. We should have co-wrote this one, ha ha. The List with a Fist is from the aggressive line of toys.

      I'm not comfortable with anything that smiles that much continually.

      Love ya!
      Cherdo

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    2. Oh, I forgot to tell you about the creepy "doll" I saw on Saturday. A woman has her mother's old doll, which no longer has a face. So she had her daughter's face put on the doll. I'm sure the daughter is very attractive, but her face doesn't work on a doll.

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    3. Janie, that sounds like the beginning of a great Twilight Zone episode...with a voodoo undertone...

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  2. I don't like having dolls or anything doll-like around. They make me feel like I'm being watched. I have nothing with eyes on my main shelves. I have a few figurines given to me by others, but they're not in a central location.

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    1. I know, right? We may be of one mind, Medeia.

      On my recent re-do, I removed so many little things that I had to dust and I never put them back out. I figure that if I box them up for a while, I can pretend they're new in a few years. I realized that the only figurines I have are from my mother or young people. Sentimentality makes me put them out (I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings), but they never get a prominent spot.

      But Mr. Bones is always good for a laugh; much more up my alley.

      Have a great day!

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  3. I've always thought the Elf on a Shelf thing sounded very creepy. This little elf that just moves around the house at night while people sleep? That would have given me nightmares growing up!

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  4. My daughter (17) and I were talking about that creepy little elf last night. I personally don't know anyone who plays this game, but I did see them bundled with the book for sale at Barnes and Noble in Knoxville, so I guess the 6 million + sales will continue to climb. Having said all that, I am glad to see women entrepreneurs succeeding; the Elf was developed and marketed by (Oak Ridge, TN) native mother/daughters trio. OAN, My daughter also mentioned that the thought of Santa always watching was a bit creepy. (We didn't "do Santa" at our house, just had the presents as a surprise under the tree Christmas morning.) As far as dusting, I am one of those who is thrilled when we can put away all the Christmas clutter (other folks call it decor).

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    1. You've mentioned something I DO love - entrepreneurs succeeding! That fact that it was a mother/daughter thing makes it that much more interesting.

      The other half of my brain still says that there may be kids out there who don't think it is all that festive to have an elf spy on you. It was a little boys funny comment that inspired this post: "I'm going to tell Santa that it's rude to invade a kid's privacy." Ha ha ha.

      He was just seven or eight, but apparently he's heard the whole invasion of privacy issue in his short life. I thought it was funny he was mad at a toy.

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  5. I remember that elf and I never knew the story and neither did my mom-thank goodness! It would be creepy to see the elf move every day...I would have been traumatized. As for Bones I thought your were talking about DeForrestt Kelly

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    1. LOL...my son would appreciate that Star Trek tie in.

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  6. I think it is a cute idea to some extent but another part of me also finds it creepy. I've seen pictures of the Elf on the Shelf pooping chocolate...and making messes all throughout the house. Is this really what an elf of Santa does? I don't think so. And the Elf on the Shelf does look a little creepy with those long limbs and that supposedly "adorable" face. HAHAHA!

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    1. You can't trust him...he is out to get you.

      (Happy holidays, Chrys!)

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Love, Cherdo