Friday, November 30, 2012

Elf on the Shelf

Always a sucker for a family tradition, I couldn't resist the Elf on the Shelf hype.

This little guy is supposed to help keep your kids in line under the threat of reporting bad behavior to Santa. I never said I was above bribery.

Anyway, this is how it works: Santa delivers an elf to your family the day after Thanksgiving. Each night, the elf returns to the North Pole to report whether your kidlets were naughty or nice. The kids name the elf but CANNOT touch it or else ol' Elfie will lose his magic. So, he remains a revered figure that the parents can leverage use as a reminder to keep their precious angels on good behavior. 
Our elf is named Sprinkles.
He is surgically enhanced with pipe cleaners in his arms and legs so he is more "bendy"
Sounds like a good deal, right??
Well, it is. Except for one little caveat -- Sprinkles is supposed to be found in a different location each morning so the children know that he has been back to the North Pole to report their behavior.

There is a whole underground contention of over-achiever mommies who create elaborate vignettes for their elves each morning so Junior can ooh and aah over the hilarity of how his elf switched all the clothes in his closet with his sister's. Besides creating more work to pick up after your elf, isn't he setting a bad example for naughty behavior -- the EXACT thing I want to discourage??

Really?!?
Why would you do this??
So, Sprinkles is going to be somewhere in the middle. He won't be pulling any over-the-top stunts that I have to clean up (NO more powdered sugar snow angels in our house). I just hope he's not a slacker and can remember to move places each night when he gets back from checking in with Santa.

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