Elf on the Shelf

th-1When did Elf on the Shelf become a thing?  I never even heard of this growing up.

I remember having an elf.  I called him Mischievous, and I made up stories about him.  I remember riding the bus with a slightly younger girl and telling her stories about the magical elf.  I have no idea where I got it or where it went.  This wasn’t a Christmas thing; as far as I recall, I did this year round.

I think elf on the shelf is a cute idea, and Pinterest has some great ideas on how to do it, both nice and erm… naughty.

I asked my Facebook friends about Elf on the Shelf and got quite a few mixed reactions.  So what do you do when you need an answer?  Ask Mr. Google, of course!

According to Mr. Google (and Wikipedia), Elf on the Shelf came about because of a  2005 book by the same name, written by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, and illustrated by Coë Steinwart.  The book came with an elf, and al la Cabbage Patch Kids, had a section where you named your elf to “adopt” it.

The original idea was that the elf was to play hide and seek, hiding and spying on kids for Santa.  Pinterest makes it look like a lot of people set up scenes with what their elf was doing and how it got in trouble.  Either way, I find the idea both cute and creepy simultaneously.  Apparently my Facebook friends are pretty evenly split too.  Big Brother was mentioned numerous times.

So where do you weigh in… cute or creepy?


2 comments on “Elf on the Shelf

  1. Justin says:

    I weigh in on the “cute” side. I think it gives so many opportunities for imagination, and the kids that I know whose parents participate, really enjoy it. The parents have fun coming up with cool scenes, and the kids get really excited to see what the Elf has been up to while they slept. I still remember one year that my dad recorded a tape of himself as Santa and we woke up one year to this tape left behind for us to listen to. You know I didn’t think much of my dad, but one of his strong suits was that he was really imaginative at Christmas and really got into it. If these kids feel the magic and wonder that I felt that Christmas morning, feeling a real connection to Santa, then I say “Go for it!” Parents only have a short window of time to work with in the grand scheme of things, and I support anything that can take a child away from the harsh reality of the world surrounding them and ininstill the magic and spirit of Christmas wonder.

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