Why do people care so much about this darn Elf of the Shelf?!!?? I can't believe the amount of vitriol spewed about this poor little North Pole creature. or about the people who choose to let it in their houses!! It completely bewilders me. Why do people care what Merry Christmas traditions others perform in their houses? why do people who choose NOT to play the elf game feel the need to spell out each reason that the elf is creepy or how it makes liars out of parents or how it's manipulative to trick our children into behaving well? And let's be honest here- tell me one parent of a toddler who hasn't somehow manipulated their child into better behavior. Isn't that how parenting works?!!? :)
I DON'T GET IT!! The elf is just a toy!!! it isn't evil. or satan's helper. it doesn't make parents bad. It's a fun and silly holiday tradition for Pete's sake!!!
With that off my chest- I have to admit- we are TERRIBLE parents when it comes to our elf 'Quincy'. We forget to make it move. We accidentally let the kids see us touching it. We change the elf rules constantly!!
We finally pulled it out today after church and quickly chucked it into this Christmas tin while the kids weren't looking!
I do think she's pretty cute. especially in this new skirt I got her last year on after-Christmas clearance.
And just for good measure- here's a pic of metta with her 'turtle hat'. That's what she calls it anyway! She knows Zeb and Ike wear them as undies- but doesn't seem to care!