Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Elf on the Shelf.... I don't get it!

    Last year I noticed "The Elf on the Shelf" book in the stores.  I didn't really give it a second glance other than to notice that everyone and their brother seemed to carry that book with the weird looking little doll that came with it, and the expensive price tag that was attached.  As you know I am very addicted to Pinterest, and every second pin I see in the "holiday" section involves this weird looking doll in pictures up to mischief.
    Some of the pictures feature this weird little doll with no feet might I add, making snow angels out of powdered sugar.  There is a picture of him fishing on the back of the toilet.  Oh that elf gets up to some mischief (she says with a disgusted grunt).  So the concept for this is that everyday the elf watches the kids to see if they are naughty or nice, and then at night when they are all tucked into bed, he flies back to the North Pole and reports back to Santa.  You are supposed to hide the doll around the house, so that the kids see that he moves around.
    Check out  people have even posted some weird videos about them... below is my case in point (I am pretty sure that some people may have too much time on their hands... I know you say that about me too.)

    This thing has become a phenomenon.  They have even made a children's Christmas special.  I have included the clip.  I'll be honest we all know that I will have to watch it, but I won't like, I won't like it!  

    So I began to get really curious.  I have this weird personality trait that makes me afraid that I will miss out on some cool new trend.  I read all of the "Fifty Shades of Grey".  I thought the books were terribly written, and yet I read all three because I did not want to be left out of the loop.  I was not about to be left out of this Elf on the Shelf trend if it could possibly be fun, and I just wasn't seeing it.  I asked the kids if they knew anything about "The Elf on the Shelf".  They did not.  Gracie then went on a mission to find out.  She was on the computer for about a half hour and then she reported back to us her findings.  
"Have you ever wondered how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice? The Elf on the Shelf® - A Christmas Tradition is the very special tool that helps Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list. This interactive holiday hide-and-seek tradition is perfect for children and families of all ages."  
The tradition begins when Santa sends his scout elves out to Elf Adoption Centers. Waiting for their families to bring them home, these patient elves hibernate until their family reads The Elf on the Shelf®, gives their elf a very special name, and registers their adoption online. Once named, each scout elf will receive its Christmas magic and become a part of the family's Christmas each and every year.  

Excellent listeners and even better observers, these scout elves are the eyes and ears of Santa Claus. Although they cannot be touched, or else they may lose their magic, the elf will always listen and relay messages back to Santa. Taking in all the day-to-day activities around the house, no good deed goes unnoticed; these scout elves take their job seriously.

Each night, after the family goes to bed, the scout elf uses his magical Christmas powers to fly back to the North Pole. Once there, the elf will make his or her daily report to Santa and visit with elf friends where they will tell stories about their beloved families, play with the reindeer, and of course, sneak some of Mrs. Claus' cookies! 

Before the family awakes each morning, their special scout elf will fly back to their home from the North Pole. However, since these elves like to play games, don't expect to find them in the same spot!  While some like to hide in the freezer (probably because it reminds them of the North Pole) and others prefer to sit on the fireplace mantle or hang from the chandelier, these elves love to play hide-and-seek with their families. 

On Christmas Eve, the scout elf will listen for Santa's bell and then fly back to the North Pole until the next season, wishing every girl and each boy a Christmas of peace and a year full of joy. Join the tradition and get your own Elf on the Shelf® now!

To this Riley disgustedly reported "That's just creepy!"

    O.K. I admit it, it does sound a little like fun, although the little elf is creepy and weird looking.  I do find it a little weird that people keep posting their pictures of what their elf gets up to, but maybe I'm just jealous that I didn't think of it first.  I will admit that my first thoughts are that I would really like to pose the elf in disgusting, un-Christmas like, and certainly un-child friendly poses (I think there might be something wrong with me).  I think we all know that I am too cheap to buy into the $35.00 book and doll kit, but I do have elves in my Christmas collection.......

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