The Elf on the Shelf

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Registered: 04-18-2012
The Elf on the Shelf
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 2:46pm

I'm sure that you are all familiar with The Elf on the Shelf, but in case you aren't, here's a link to their site:

Anyway, I'm curious about how you all feel about this holiday tradition.  I've read countless blog posts lately from disgruntled parents and it is quite surprising to me!  I've also read several Facebook updates from friends who are quite irritated with this "creepy doll" that "scares kids into behaving". 

I admit that we have one and I think it is so much fun! The kids enjoy having him around and it is always so much fun for the to try and find him each morning.  I'm having as much fun finding mischievous things for the little guy to get into! 

What are your thoughts?

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Registered: 03-29-1999
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 8:40pm
I was glad my kids were too old for this when it came out. It isn't a "tradition"; it's only been around for a few years. I'm pretty sure that I never used the "You better behave because Santa is watching" line on my kids, so this is not something that appeals to me. I'm pretty selective on what my "traditions" are when it comes to my family. We celebrate Christmas, but with moderation, simplicity, and as low stress as possible.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 4:25pm

If it's your thing, knock yourself out.  I have considered getting one and telling the family he's a serial killer elf and staging scenes with bloody decapitated Barbies or their stuffed animals shredded in the blender and little bloody elf footprints leading away from the scene of the crime, which my teens would enjoy but it all seems like a lot of trouble, and I have a lot of cookies left to bake.