Why Elf on the Shelf is not for me:
Hey guys–Mindi here. I have a Christmas confession. I refuse to allow a tiny little visitor at my house during the holiday season. That’s right. The beloved Elf on the Shelf is not invited to my house this Christmas.
Is that too harsh? I’m really not a scrooge at all and love all things Christmas. In fact, don’t tell my kids, but we own an Elf and he even has a name! He has only came out one Christmas season when my oldest daughter was a baby and has never returned.
No judgment for all your elf crazed mommas! I know my kids would LOVE it, but for me, the elf can stay in the box in the back of my closet. And here is why:
- TIME! Between, Thanksgiving, Christmas and 3 of the 4 of us having birthdays between November 24-December 24, I am not interested in adding one more item on my to-do list. Momma is tired!
- I’m scared of commitment. I have a 5 year-old and 2 year-old and they remember EVERYTHING! If I dust off our elf and he stops by for a visit, even just for one year, they WILL remember and be upset if he doesn’t reappear next year. I’m just not sure I’m ready to commit to another holiday tradition that requires me to sneak around my house every night in December.
- My kids need to be good, because, well, it is the right thing to do. Don’t get me wrong, Santa still visits our house every year, but my prayer is that my kids learn to act and behave properly because it is the right thing to do, not because an elf may report back to Santa. I have been known to say, “Santa is watching you” from time to time, but I try my hardest to avoid that idea if I can! At the end of the day, I want my kids to know the only person watching them 24/7 is Jesus!
While I enjoy seeing all the fun ideas on Pinterest and Facebook, for me, Elf on the Shelf is a holiday tradition I am ok to skip. For you elf-loving mommas, more power to you! I respect your creativity!
Why my girls love Elf on the Shelf:
Hey guys–Kelli here. We LOVE Elf on the Shelf. Although I do understand why Mindi feels the way she does about the Elf I have a few different thoughts about the Elf.
Even though it does take a lot of time and yes, I do forget to move “Sparkle” the Elf on occasion even when they have been good, and it does take quite a bit of creativity.
- It’s all about the memories! I love creating fun and new memories for my girls. One day they will be grown and out of the house creating new memories with their families. They can then tell their children how much fun they had when “Sparkle” the Elf would arrive, and all the crazy places she would hide.
- It keeps the magic alive! Yes, Christmas is first and foremost about Jesus hands down. We always put Him first at our home, and my kids are well aware of the true meaning of Christmas. With that being said, isn’t it awesome seeing the magic in your child’s eyes when they run out and see what Santa has brought them. Nothing is sweeter than seeing your child’s face light up with pure joy. I want to hold on to that look for as long as I possibly can and the Elf helps us do that.
- It’s just fun! In some respects, I start to feel like a kid again. I love thinking of new ways to hide “Sparkle” and surprise the girls with her mischievous ways. They will talk about her all day and think of new ways she will come back to surprise them.
I seriously dread the day my girls stop believing in Santa, but I think they actually might be more disappointed to find out about “Sparkle.” So for now we are going to keep the Elf on the Shelf “watching” us and telling Santa how the girls have been. Even though The Elf on the Shelf gives me late night panic attacks when I forgot to move her. We really do truly enjoy it. It helps us hang onto the the magic of Christmas and see that “sparkle” in their eye all season long.
So what about you? Will an Elf make his stop at your house this holiday season?