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As if a fat white man sneaking into your house at midnight, having a snack and leaving toys as thank you wasn’t frightening enough, some parents have decided to induce more childhood trauma by introducing the Elf on The Shelf.
From the Elf on a Shelf website:
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!
Basically this elf tears your house up and snitches to Santa.
Mr. Elf, where I come from, snitches gets stitches…
Growing up, we got a tree, used last year’s decorations, and was thankful for the stuff mom could get off of layaway in time for the big day. I’m sure my mom went into debt just like most Americans but best believe if my sister and I acted up, she was there with a bag to take all of our stuff back until we learned how to appreciate what was done for us. The heartbreak of learning that there was no such thing as Santa took my Christmas illusions away, and once I started to work and realized I didn’t have to wait for my coveted present, all bets of good behavior were off! I had never heard of this thing until I hooked up with the PSMM. The moms talk about their elf moving, adding their husbands for the fun and the kids reactions.
If I did that now, both of my kids would give me the kind of looks that would whither my inside.
I did find some clever uses of Elf on the Shelf:
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|Elf gets it in (not sure who the credit goes to, found this gem on Facebook.)|