Sunday, December 22, 2013
We Love Our Elf, But It's OK if You Don't
This is a little bit of a rant...so please forgive me but it's been driving me nuts.
When the Elf on the Shelf first came out, I thought it was ridiculous. Why would you buy an elf to get your kids to behave? But after seeing different things on facebook and pinterest with the elves in hiding places and what not, I thought ok - my kids would probably have a lot of fun with this.
So, Zolly arrived last year and has been a lot of fun for the kids, and hubby and I have fun finding different places for her to hide.
So if I am happy with our elf - you are probably wondering about the rant? Here goes - what really bugs me is when I hear parents complaining about the elf and they have to do this and have to do that. Well - you don't HAVE to do anything. No one is forcing you to have an elf. If you do have one, I can only assume that you bought it, therefore it was YOUR choice to bring it into your house.
No one is making you find funny places for your elf to hide, or making you come up with cute things for them to do (angels in flour/sugar, marshmallow baths etc) that is all a choice you are making. If you don't want to do it - then don't do it. If you haven't introduced the elf, nothing says you need to. If you have, then the elf could always leave a note for the kids that they were needed back at the North Pole early and won't be returning - it's completely up to YOU how it plays out. So decide what you want to do for your family, and stop complaining about it.
That's my rant