There have been a lot of political movements in 2011 – most notably the Occupy Wall Street movement and its offshoots – but there is one movement that is making a lot of noise this holiday season. It is the Anti-Elf Faction! For those of you who may not be familiar with the A.E.F., they are against the Elf on the Shelf – a little elf doll who watches kids during the day and then flies back to the north pole at night to report to Santa on the kids’ naughty or nice behavior. The next morning the elf returns to a new spot in the home, and the kids have to find it. Dude. People are getting way up in arms over this tiny little doll.
What the AEF objects to most is how much perceived work the elf is for parents, and how it isn’t worth it. They especially hate people who put a lot of effort into it. And while I totally understand not wanting to (or being able to) do every new holiday tradition each year, the A.E.F. is way over the top in their criticism. I was reading the anti-elf blog post making the rounds on Facebook and some of the comments are really awful (the blogger who is the subject of the post actually took her ENTIRE BLOG DOWN at one point):
“I went to look at some of her pics and I want to slap that bitch silly. Her kids are only going to care for like, five minutes.”
“I would love to sneak in her house at night and “hang” the elf from the ceiling fan with a tiny noose and note that reads “I did it cause your Mom is a basket case!””
“That bitch be crazy. Couldn’t she help the homeless or something? She is bonkers and belongs in a NUThouse”
People. What happened to being nice at the holidays?
I know that some people go really over-the-top with the elf but here’s the thing… the Elf on the Shelf is totally not a required Christmas tradition. The parents who put their elves in crazy situations are just trying to give their kids a little extra magic at Christmas. Isn’t that a good thing?
Look, A.E.F., I understand that some of your animosity stems from the fact that these super inventive Elf on the Shelf parents are making you feel guilty for being less creative. But listen, we all have our strengths, and if finding cool places to hide an elf doll is not yours, it is not that big a deal. I PROMISE that you are really good at an aspect of parenting that some Elf on the Shelf parents are not.
So let’s call a cease fire on this Elf War and each focus on enjoying the holidays however we choose. I, for one, will enjoy my Christnas while gazing at the Elf hanging from our wine rack, where he has remained for the last 20+ days.