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In less you have been living under a rock the last few years I’m sure you would of heard of the latest Christmas craze known as Elf on the Shelf. In case you aren’t familiar with it let me explain… the idea behind this creepy little critter is that he comes to your home on the 1st of December to cause havoc and mayhem whilst also stalking your children right up until Christmas.
Every night he travels back to the North Pole to report to Father Christmas about your children’s behaviour. He then returns the next day in a new place from where he was left the night before and the process begins again.
In my opinion there should be a special place reserved in hell for Elf on the Shelf along with talking toys, lego that has been left on the floor and stickers!
I don’t care what anyone else thinks to me it’s literally the stuff of nightmares with it’s large eyes and long spindly arms. Seriously it should come with a label… ‘Warning: may cause sociological damage and scar you child for life’. I can just see it in 15 years time when the guy that brutally murdered his parents by drowning them in a bath of glitter is asked “Why did you do it?” His reply will be “Well it all started with this little red elf that appeared in our house!”
Move over Chucky you’ve got competition!
Extra Pressure on Parents
It puts even more pressure on parents in what is already a busy and stressful time of year. They have to perform the ritual every night for 24 nights. I’ve even heard stories of Mother’s being tucked up in bed just about to fall asleep only to suddenly remember that they have forgotten to set up the elf ready for the next day.
There is already enough stress concerned with Christmas why add more?
It Contributes to Consumerism
It’s contributing ever more to our already out of control consumerism issue. It’s a classic case of everyone has one so I must need one! It’s basically a marketing ploy disguised as a Christmas tradition. Not only do you have to purchase said Elf but I also have no doubt that people buy extra bits throughout the month to contribute to his mischievous doings.
The elf is suppose to be naughty and do naughty things while you sleep such as getting raunchy with Barbie in a bubble bath, leaving mini elf poos everywhere or half shaving the cat. We are then supposed to wake up the next day and take great delight in the Elf’s evil antics. Isn’t that just endorsing bad behaviour?
As a Mum I already spend a disproportionate amount of my time time cleaning up after everyone else, why oh why would I want to, voluntarily, make more work for myself cleaning up whatever mess the rowdy red thing made last night?
So there you have it 5 reasons why the Elf on the Shelf can stay on his shelf in the store and isn’t welcome in our home.
*Photo credit: tubesox_family & Melissa Hillier*