It’s that time of year again, yes the Elf on the Shelf is clogging up my social media timelines with his antics. Over the last couple of years Elf on the Shelf seems to have exploded. I first spotted them on blogs and now they’ve spread to my Facebook and Instagram feed, it seems that everyone wants an elf on their shelf this Christmas. Well apart from this house, there is no elf on my shelf.
If you haven’t heard of Elf on the Shelf(where have you been?). It is a tradition where an elf moves into your house for the month of December , he does naughty things at night and reports to Santa on what you’ve been up to. The explaination on the official site states.
Santa’s scout elves help him manage his naughty and nice lists. During the Christmas season, the elves are adopted by families and fly back to the North Pole every night to tell Santa about the day’s adventures. When the elves return from their nightly North Pole journey, they hide in a new spot and wait for their families to find them!
So basically you use it to bribe your children to be good or the elf reports to Santa! Now i have seen lots of blog posts with excellent reasons for not having an elf including the bribery thing but i have 2 very simple reasons for not doing it.
First up to me they aren’t even cute, dare I say it I find them a little creepy looking. When I was small I was given a clown doll by my aunt, well that clown freaked me out and I was terrified of clowns for a long time and I’m still not a fan. The official elf with it's creepy face eminds me of that clown in a way.
Secondly (and probably the main reason to be honest), I can’t be bothered. I know that I would start off full of ideas and then I’d get fed up of it. In fact last year I did get a(cute, non telltale) elf who delivered our advent calender but that was as far as I got with it. Honestly i just can’t get into the whole thing. I love doing an activity a day with the boys during advent but for me the elf doesn't get me excited
I hope everyone who is doing Elf on the Shelf enjoys it but forgive me for scrolling past and having no elf on my shelf, I just don’t get it.