Elf on the Shelf


This whole Elf on the Shelf thing scares me.  We tell children not to talk to strangers and then terrorize them by putting them on the lap of a strange man with a red suit and fake beard. That’s OK, it’s tradition! But now parents take it a step further with an elf on the shelf. That elf seems sinister to me.  I see it’s eyes shifting as I walk through the room.  I suspect it’s a cousin to Chucky. You remember Chucky, the possessed doll in those horror movies. Anyhow, this elf is a spy who will let Santa know who is naughty and who is nice.  You adopt it and register it like Cabbage Patch Dolls. I don’t know if I would want to adopt a spy. And a sneaky spy at that. I liked the old “the elves are watching” and never really seeing them.  Having the kids think that they were everywhere and peeking in the windows had them on their toes.  I have a feeling that if we had an elf on the shelf when my kids were little they would have found a way for that spy to be abducted by aliens.


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