5 Reasons Why I Don’t Do Elf on a Shelf

1. We don’t really do Santa, which excuses us from his elves hanging around our house.

2. I think the whole concept is a little creepy. Someone in your house is watching your every move and reporting on you to an old guy that you don’t really know? No thanks!

3. When I first heard about the Elf, I could see how it would be fun for kids to look for him (or her, if I’m being PC) every morning as it moves around the house. But then I discovered that this elf is mischievous, causing all sorts of messes and miniature mayhem. So, my husband or I (sorry, the elf) are supposed to make messes that we’re then supposed to clean up each day? Isn’t that what we do already as parents? My house is full of chaos from little people, I don’t really need to add to it. Even if I can blame it on the elf, it’s not like the elf cleans things up.

Sure, kids, scissors are fun to play with!

Sure, kids, scissors are fun to play with!

4. Isn’t December busy enough for pretty much everyone? By the time we get the kids in bed, I’m more than ready to relax and unwind–not add to my daily to-do list, especially when that task isn’t necessary. I’d much rather find more enjoyable ways to spend time with my family, instead of remembering to try to figure out where else to put the stupid elf, and being reminded of it in the morning before I’m fully awake by disappointed kids.

5. I’m not sure where this originally came from (I found it here) but I have to give points for creativity:

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It must be nice to have this kind of time on your hands. 

I mean, I get that people are trying to make Christmas memorable for their kids, and have a lot of fun with it… I just prefer to spend my creative energy on other things. I think my kids will survive.

9 Responses to "5 Reasons Why I Don’t Do Elf on a Shelf"

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  1. Molly W

    December 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Ugh, you know we are Santa people…. but I draw the line at Elf (in fact I draw the line most things Santa- that doesn’t involve stockings on Christmas Day). We actually don’t encourage the “Santa is watching you, you’d better be good thing” either so there’s no reason for a creepy little elf to be in my house spying on us.

    Though I will say – I’m tempted to do the Wise Men searching our house for Baby Jesus next year. That looks cute.

    • Francine Weber

      December 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      I’m not hating on Santa people-to each their own traditions-I just think the elf thing got out of control.

      I think the wise men thing could be fun, and kids might even enjoy being the ones to move them closer each day. 🙂

  2. Molly W

    December 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Oh yeah, absolutely – the “ugh” was for the elf not the santa-ing or not santa-ing. Elf on the Shelf doesn’t fit our rule of “It has to point back to Jesus”…. Wise Men Adventures do, but creepy spying Elf not so much 😉

  3. Lisa

    December 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Amen to #3!

    • Francine Weber

      December 11, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Right?! I mean, at least he could pull his own weight!

  4. Margaret

    December 11, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Your kids will MORE than survive. We didn’t Elf on the shelf OR Santa, and look how well Joseph turned out!?!

  5. Ashley

    December 11, 2014 at 5:56 am

    We don’t do the elf either. I’m always thoroughly impressed by the moms who can pull it off all month, though!

    • Francine Weber

      December 11, 2014 at 6:59 am

      It takes some serious commitment!

  6. Jacob LaBruzzo

    December 11, 2014 at 6:19 am

    That is one mischievous elf


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