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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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Dontforgetyourbrolly · 04/11/2019 20:50

It's up there with " Easter decorations " . I once saw a thread on here about an Easter Tree , I kid you not.
I'm not sure where all this is coming from but it's very odd !

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LadyMonicaBaddingham · 04/11/2019 20:50

Yes. It's not a 'Christmas Tradition', it's a cynical marketing nonsense that far, far too many people in bought into...

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ShinyS1 · 04/11/2019 20:52

I loved the idea of the elf and bought into it wholesale, letters and cards every night, presents from the elf, thinking up places for him to hide. He did tricks, made messes with silly string and a million other memorable things. I have 100's of photo's. The kids loved the elf as much as Christmas.

But after 5 years, and with the kids still looking forward to the elf's arrival as much as ever, I wished I'd never started. God, what a chore it was. And expensive. The kids couldn't sleep because of the excitement, so I had to wait til gone midnight to move him and deposit the letters/gifts.

I told them that Santa and the elf weren't real in the end, the eldest 2 years ago just after his birthday, and kept it going (with the eldest 'helping' me, another level of torture!) until my youngest reached the same age this year.

I can't say I regret it exactly, as they loved it, but I do wish I hadn't started it, or at least kept it way more simple!!

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Ladybirdman · 04/11/2019 20:52

YANBU!!! I was just thinking that they as DS talked non stop about the freaking elf for the third year running. When my first child was small we never heard of the elf or christmas eve boxes and the stress of Santa was plenty. We have still managed to ignore the Christmas eve stuff but two years ago the teacher brought an elf in to live in the classroom 😮😮😮 and sent him home with DS at the end of the holidays.

I HATE the elf on the shelf.

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AnnaNimmity · 04/11/2019 20:52

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

My elf barely moves around - as I forget - and as for putting clever things on FB.?! really?

But my children love him. He brings christmas jumpers and advent calendars on the 1st Dec and leaves Christmas pjs on the 24th.He writes long (and I think extremely amusing) letters on arrival and departure and he also leaves little notes around and sometimes random presents (that I've seen) during the month. he brings me things too - he's great! 😊😊😊😊😊😊

(How did I get those emojis?!)

I don't do christmas eve boxes or christmas bedding or anything like that, but our Christmas elf just helps me indulge my love of December a bit more. My older children mess with him too now so it adds to the fun for us all (maybe I should get out more).

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Stressedout10 · 04/11/2019 20:53

My mum bought one for ds🤬
So I accidentally left it where ddog could get at it before ds saw it 🤭

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Baguetteaboutit · 04/11/2019 20:53

A video, in the late seventies? I'd want my Christmas box lined with hard cash in that house.

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Kanga83 · 04/11/2019 20:55

I don't do it. I think it's bollocks. To me the magic is the build up of Santa and the North Pole and the elves doing their wonderful magic in the toy shops. Not creepily watching your every move in your house.

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BlueJava · 04/11/2019 20:56

Aww @GingersAreLush that's lovely! Never done the elf thing for my DSs and they are late teens now!

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ChorleyFMcominginyourears · 04/11/2019 20:58

I'm so glad this wasnt around when mine were younger, what a pile of shit! Although I did threaten my youngest last year who was 8 😂😂 told him if he didnt behave we would get an elf on the shelf to keep an eye on him, kept him on the straight and narrow all xmas hahaha

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Catypillar · 04/11/2019 20:59

My kids have an extra special privilege that their friends and classmates don't. They get to move the elf each morning (as they come downstairs before us) and surprise us with their amusing idea, which normally involves toilet humour of some kind. We guffaw with laughter and feel happy that we're not getting guilt tripped by children who are desperate for an elf but don't have one, but neither do we have the hassle of moving it around every night.

It's supposed to spy on someone so it spies on the dog. She is solemnly alerted to its presence every time she stares at someone's food or lies in a doorway.

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LionKingLover · 04/11/2019 21:00

My dc are a bit confused. They love the elf, and say he's been sent from santa... But then they see him everywhere in shops being sold and all the bits he can do.... And the fact he's sitting on a shelf being bought isn't exactly magical,So you can see the confusion on their faces at this. Just hope it doesn't lead to also wondering about father Christmas!

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MrsTerryPratchett · 04/11/2019 21:01

It doesn't pass my 'would a bloke do this?' test of parenting. If one wouldn't, I'm not going to.

Plus it has a face I'd never tire of punching. Thankfully DD agrees.

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Babdoc · 04/11/2019 21:02

Ooh, just what mothers need at Christmas - more bloody wife work.
I wouldn’t give an elf house room. Thankfully, they weren’t a thing when my DC were young.
And as Christians, we always celebrated the birth of Christ, not the activities of a fake elf or the commercialisation of St Nicholas as a fat guy in a red suit.
The DC had quite enough fun at the Sunday school party, the church Nativity service, the school party and the Watchnight service. A stupid elf would have added nothing!

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cardibach · 04/11/2019 21:03

Elf wasn’t a thing when my daughter was small. However I quite like the Icelandic idea of The Yule Lads I went to Iceland last Christmas and they were even around in the hotel! The cat is a bit scary, though...

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Merename · 04/11/2019 21:03

Yes it’s definitely shit! I’m also not really down with the ‘you need to be good or Santa won’t get you presents’, isn’t that what the elf is supposed to do tho, behaviour control through fear? An old lady on the bus told DD Santa wouldn’t get her presents if she was naughty and I set her straight afterwards.

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WaterAndTrees · 04/11/2019 21:04

Hmmm... what is it!?

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Hibbsy · 04/11/2019 21:04

Awww I love this and so do the DC

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IFancyLivingInFrance · 04/11/2019 21:09

I loathe the stupid elf concept . I’m always amazed at people who make a mess of their homes, and create intricate scenarios for the sake of the elf.
Are their children really enthralled ? Mine wouldn’t be

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MrsTerryPratchett · 04/11/2019 21:09

In my house snitches get stitches.

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LollyBeebee123 · 04/11/2019 21:10

I caved under the pressure 2 years ago, but I only do it for one week (from 18th through to Christmas Eve) my kids don’t question why it’s only one week, this is definitely quite enough for me. Why not try this! 🍀

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rainbowconfetti · 04/11/2019 21:10

@Baguetteaboutit


A video, in the late seventies? I'd want my Christmas box lined with hard cash in that house.

I'm sorry, I have no idea what you mean?

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SteamedPotatoes · 04/11/2019 21:10

Elf on the shelf creeps us out. Little weirdo man, hiding in your house, watching your kids, ready to tell tales on them. Stuff of nightmares.

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CheshireChat · 04/11/2019 21:10

Oh, I forgot about the creepy spy cam shite, never did any of that.

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TheAnnoyingSatsuma · 04/11/2019 21:11

Never done it, but an elf has appeared in our house which everyone swears blind has been sitting on the shelf for months - it definitely has not...so I am going to get my revenge by enacting adult themed elf antics for my late teens DC. Nothing elaborate or messy though. Loads of ideas on Pinterest - canoodling with the fairy on top of the tree, getting drunk etc.

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