Elf on the Shelf, it is all the holiday rage this year as it has been in years past. But what most people aren’t realizing as they are buying their Elves off the Shelves is that this little guy has sparked the latest, and frankly stupidest, Mom war out there!
Last year we got Bouncy, our Elf. The kids thought the idea was neat. We read the book and learned how every night he would leave our house and fly back to the North Pole to report on their behavior for the day. We didn’t use him as a threat or a Santa spy, we used him as a funny toy and a new family tradition.
But apparently the new word on the street is, if you use this new holiday favorite in your home, not only are you a crappy parent, but you need idle threats from a toy Elf to control your kids.
Which certainly is not the case for most parents.
I don’t get the whole hating on the Elf thing. If you don’t like the idea, don’t use it? Right?
Or are the Elf haters the new generation of Ebenezer Scrooges?
The fact of the matter is, at least for parents like myself, these little new traditions put a smile on our kids’ faces. And that actually puts a smile on parents’ faces too. I love Christmas and the entire spirit of the season. So if a stupid stuffed Elf, which my toddlers think is magical, makes them happy… I am going to do my damnedest to keep up the stupid charade no matter what Scrooges on the Internet think.
Why? Because making my children happy and ensuring they have the best Christmas ever is my priority, not pleasing the Internet. Which should be the case for any parent out there, right?
I know in a couple years, my kids will be older and won’t believe in a magical Elf, or Santa Claus for that matter, so I am going to milk it for all it is worth while they are this young and their imaginations are still so wild!