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Elf on the shelf is shit, isn’t it?
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MustardScreams · 04/11/2019 20:11

I’m being ridiculed at work for not doing this for dd. Apparently I’m ‘ruining the magic of christmas’ Hmm

It’s ridiculous though! Who has the time and energy to think up bonkers things to do with an elf for 25 frigging days?! Surely the magic of presents and Santa is enough ffs. Also it’s just playing into commercialism blah blah rant rant rant.

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pilates · 15/10/2020 14:31

Yep, it sure is op

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PumpkinetChocolat · 15/10/2020 13:30

My kids enjoy it, it has 0 effect on them if others do it or not, who cares.

It really doesn't matter, but it's ridiculous to pretend it's hard work Hmm
It takes 5 minutes to find ideas for the entire month on Pinterest or other sites, that's the beauty of internet.

Of course it's unnecessary, but so is MN..You are still on it!

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fekinekkerslike · 15/10/2020 13:28

I don't do it, No way am I doing that last thing at night or getting up early. I certainly didn't need a creepy elf to bring the Christmas magic!! little git should isolate for 2 weeks anyway

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yetanothernamitynamechange · 15/10/2020 13:23

I live in the Netherlands. In recent years they started trying to make it a thing here. Except the Dutch version of elves is ahem "different" (think scary racist clowns) so no way in hell am I participating and I really really hope it doesnt catch on.

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Rosebel · 15/10/2020 13:17

We sell those elves at work and they creep me out. Luckily my two eldest missed this (I don't know when or why it became a thing) but now we have a baby.
Don't care how much he wants an elf on the shelf when he's older. It's not happening. They look scary and the idea of a toy coming to life and moving round the house is creepy. Almost like a plot for a bloody horror movie.

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Popcornriver · 15/10/2020 13:13

You're hardly ruining the magic of Christmas Confused

But kids do seem to enjoy it. I can't say we did anything elaborate with it, stuff like silly messages with the fridge magnets and setting the elf up for a teddy bears picnic in the bedroom. It's quite daft really but does it matter if children are enjoying it and parents are happy to do it? I don't see why people get so annoyed by it fgs. It's like how some seem outraged by Christmas Eve boxes. We don't bother but the usual stuff in them still makes an appearance that day. Hot chocolate, pj's etc. People love getting outraged over the way others do Christmas. Have the 'have I spent too much/not enough on presents' threads started yet

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queenjaneappro · 15/10/2020 13:06

Saw this on facebook

Elf on the shelf is shit, isn’t it?
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Fluffybutter · 15/10/2020 12:56

Hate it .. every year I get the guilt from dd about her friends and their “elves” .
I’m not giving in though , it’s creepy and I don’t like it at all .

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Iamuhtredsonofuhtred · 15/10/2020 12:56

I fucking hate elf on the shelf, refused to engage until DD2 blight herself one with her own money and then cried because hers wasn’t moving. That’s what I get for letting her watch you tube. Now I’m stuck with it FML

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changerr · 15/10/2020 12:50

Elf on the Shelf is horrible. Manages to be crass and creepy at the same time.

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FourPlasticRings · 15/10/2020 12:49

Woah. How has this zombie been resurrected?! Always fun when you visit a thread on active and find you commented on it in a former life.

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Viviennemary · 15/10/2020 12:44

I think it's a totally bonkers idea. And could give children nightmares.

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katand2kits · 15/10/2020 12:43

I was single for most of my 20s. Very lonely after a while, and felt sad as I saw most of my friends settling down. Anyway I met my husband at 31. We have 2 children now.

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breadwinnermum · 08/11/2019 21:21

It's bollocks. Don't worry about it.

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WeshMaGueule · 08/11/2019 21:13

I fucking hate it, and "comedy" Christmas jumpers and matching family pyjamas decorated with Brussels sprouts and all that shit. 'Cos the birth of Jesus was all about planet-raping disposable shit made by eight-year-olds in sweatshops.

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minisoksmakehardwork · 08/11/2019 20:38

@DoesItGetAnyBetter - make a small suitcase out of a matchbox and pose elf packing. Next night, note saying 'moved to Nanny's' and when you visit next, discretely deposit said elf and a note saying he's 'left home because he prefers the sofa at hers' with your mother.

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JustaScratch · 06/11/2019 07:39

It seems totally unnecessary and a bit creepy. Fortunately I'm not in the UK and it hasn't caught on here yet.

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DuchessMustard · 06/11/2019 04:55

@AnnaNimmity

ha I have one and am the least likely person to indulge in all that shit.

That is patently not the case though

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AutumnalLeaves38 · 06/11/2019 04:46

The little sod's a bad influence, people.

Don't let him cross your threshold.

Elf on the shelf is shit, isn’t it?
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Thegreymethod · 06/11/2019 01:02

We do it but literally move it around the house so one day it'll be in the kitchen one day in the front room...... the kids find it funny and it takes minimal effort. I cringe when people get really competitive and OTT just to put it on fb, especially when they write a caption for it as if the elf has wrote it 🤮🤮 seriously do people not have enough shit to do without waiting till their kids go to bed then trashing their house or throwing food about!!

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64sNewName · 06/11/2019 00:29

It’s like anything really; if I was forced to do it at gunpoint and my dc genuinely grew to love it, I’d no doubt start to love it as well. The positive associations would override my first response to the elf.

Just like a lot of CBeebies programmes initially made me go Hmm but then later, because they made my babies happy, won me over.

But because we don’t have one and my dc aren’t interested, I still just react naturally to the things I dislike about the elf (deeply horrible little face, bad concept, irritation factor of the constant suggestions that we do just one more extra Festive Thing).

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MaterialReality · 05/11/2019 20:36

YANBU. Not only is it a lot of unnecessary work, it's super creepy and normalises the idea of a surveillance society.

Foucault on the Elf:

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LolaSmiles · 05/11/2019 20:11

That's good Laurie

The people I know who do it spend half their time complaining about how overworked they are, how they're overwhelmed at home etc but then find themselves doing elf on the shelf, Christmas Eve boxes, new themes decorations every year, etc.

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LaurieMarlow · 05/11/2019 20:07

it amazes me how many people are willing to add another pointless task to their to do lists.

In my case a) I enjoy it (or I enjoy the payoff) so it doesn’t feel like work b) it doesn’t have to be elaborate or take that much time c) DH gets stuck in too so it’s shared.

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SimonJT · 05/11/2019 19:03

It’s a bit weird.

My four year old knows Santa doesn’t exist, if he didn’t there is no way he would cope if he thought some silly toy was deciding if he was worthy of receiving a gift on christmas day.

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