By Melody Larson
What is your opinion on Elf on the Shelf? I’m not a fan. It just looks creepy and it’s work for the parents in an already hectic month. What? You want me to create a funny mess that the Elf on the Shelf caused? Look at this big mess the elf caused! So hilarious. Then who’s cleaning it up? Me? Oh no. That does not sound fun.
I already have enough messes to clean up daily between my husband, son and dog. I don’t need more. Who are these parents with all this time to look on Pinterest to create perfect messy scenes with the Elf on the Shelf? Do they have a live-in nanny or cleaning service?
There are nights after work that I barely have time to get a drink of water. We must supervise my son’s homework, unpack his lunch remnants, clean the lunchbox, pack his lunch, fill up his school water bottle, cook dinner, eat dinner, feed the dog, walk the dog, etc. So, no I don’t have time for Elf on the Shelf.
December is a stressful and hectic month already. Did you get the gift for your sister or do I need to get it? When are we mailing the gift? We need to mail it by December 15th so it will get there on time. I need to buy stocking stuffers and wrap gifts. I need to make 100 cookies for a cookie exchange party. Don’t forget those teacher gifts. What’s a good amount to spend on the teacher gifts? Did you get the holiday party hostess gift? Do I need to make or buy an ugly Christmas sweater for the party? Do I need to make a homemade item from my child to the grandparents? I need a gift for the office gift exchange party. I need a holiday dress for the holiday party. Do we need a Christmas time craft? I need to do holiday baking and decorate the house. Mom must do all of these things. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.
I prefer other traditions like an advent calendar, listening to Christmas music, drinking hot cocoa, decorating the tree and my Christmas village. Low maintenance traditions. Let’s just take a breath and relax with a mulled wine. Sit near the Christmas tree and look at ornaments on it. So I’m saying just say no to Elf on the Shelf.