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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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Josephinebettany · 04/11/2019 21:14

I fought it for years. Said "it's shit and it's nonsense" etc but last year I don't know why, I just decided to do it and the excitement from my two girls. They just adored him. Talked about him constantly. They loved him so much I was scared they'd be crying when he left! Every morning was so much excitement to see what he had done.
I know it sounds lame but it really was fun.
You'll all think I'm a sap but I've already bought him accessories for this year Blush

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Baguetteaboutit · 04/11/2019 21:14

Video players and video cassettes were really expensive in the late seventies.That's all I mean.

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RuthW · 04/11/2019 21:15

I love it. Wasn't around when dd was little so I do it in the office instead. The cleaner joins in and we take it in turns.

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rainbowconfetti · 04/11/2019 21:16

Video players and video cassettes were really expensive in the late seventies.That's all I mean.

So you were having a dog at me because I got a video Hmm

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rainbowconfetti · 04/11/2019 21:16

  • dig
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iklboo · 04/11/2019 21:19

It's more fun with older teens where you can pose it with a miniature Jack Daniels and a kebab menu Grin

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LaurieMarlow · 04/11/2019 21:21

I love it. It’s DS’s favourite part of Christmas.

Our elf plays no role in surveillance. He just gets up to mischief.

I never understand the objections on the grounds of consumerism. Our elf cost a fiver, this is his third year, he’ll live to see many more. The fun comes from the effort you put in.

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LaurieMarlow · 04/11/2019 21:22

its a cynical marketing nonsense that far, far too many people in bought into

Consider me delighted to have done so, it’s brought my son a lot of joy.

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TheClitterati · 04/11/2019 21:22

Yes it's shit.

Spare yourself from another xmas burden - don't do it.

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Baguetteaboutit · 04/11/2019 21:29

No. Put that chip on your shoulder away. Honestly? I think you have the dates wrong. In the late seventies there weren't many family friendly movies released on tape and those that were around were a bit shit and I'd have rather had the cash.

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MustardScreams · 04/11/2019 21:43

@Josephinebettany bloody hell don’t say that! Grin I’ll see one in a shop now and think ahhhh it’ll be fine and fun. And then curse myself immediately after I’ve done the first night. And then dd will expect it!

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slipperywhensparticus · 04/11/2019 21:45

I tried it my son took it down and battered it saying he hated Christmas....so that was that

An advent calendar is sufficient

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Numbersarefun · 04/11/2019 21:46

I’m 47. When I was little we had a ‘tonttu’ who came just before Christmas to report back to Father Christmas on how we were behaving. He used to move around the house peeping at us. So I’m not sure it’s that new.

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rainbowconfetti · 04/11/2019 21:49

No. Put that chip on your shoulder away. Honestly? I think you have the dates wrong. In the late seventies there weren't many family friendly movies released on tape and those that were around were a bit shit and I'd have rather had the cash.


There is no chip on my shoulder. Not sure why you have decided to keep having a go at me because I got a video at Christmas when I was a child. What you would have preferred is irrelevant. I was five and over the bloody moon.

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rainbowconfetti · 04/11/2019 21:49

And no, I don't have my dates wrong ffs.

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Constantbronchitislaryngitis · 04/11/2019 21:50

What a bloody cheek they have to say that to you.
How dare they!
It’s a shitty idea and I hate it- my 6 year old has told me her friends mum must be moving it because you elves don’t walk them selves (as they’re not real DUH)
Absolutely crap American trash again!!!

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Pahoehoe · 04/11/2019 21:52

Load of absolute shite. Why do we need to better things that were already magical?

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TriciaH87 · 04/11/2019 21:53

We just move the elf around the house. If we get bored moving him we use a tiny bit of a bandage and make out he broke his leg so he can't move until its healed.

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LaurieMarlow · 04/11/2019 21:54

It’s clearly riffing off the Lord of Misrule, Twelfth Night festivity stuff, so no, nothing particularly new.

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LaurieMarlow · 04/11/2019 21:57

You don’t have to go too elaborate if you don’t want to. Waking up and searching for him is the best bit.

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senttomefromheaven · 04/11/2019 21:58

My daughter has just turned one and hoping something else comes along by the time she understands anything going on as really can't be arsed with it and seeing it all over Facebook. Yawn

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GetUpAgain · 04/11/2019 22:07

I have teens, I might start Elf on Shelf this year.

Eg sad elf on a towel that should be hung up
Sad elf wishing some fucker had put the recycling out
Sad elf in the neglected fruit bowl

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Skittlesandbeer · 04/11/2019 22:09

It’s been a big year for my DD (9). She’s found out about Father Christmas, the Easter bunny and the Tooth fairy not being real. Each time she was a bit sad, but got over it fairly quickly.

This week she was chattering on about how excited she is for Xmas, blah blah and she can’t wait for the Elf to turn up. Hmm

With the other magical beings I was very kind and careful in confirming that they weren’t real, textbook elaborate good parenting responses. The second I realised I was still expected to ‘do’ the freakin Elf, panic descended and I just screamed ‘NO, he’s completely made up too’.

There’s enough work in xmas without that grinning fool thing. I now always tell new parents to be very careful what precedent ‘traditions’ they start (and to never write a tiny letter in glitter pen for the first tooth- rooky error!)

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MustardScreams · 04/11/2019 22:12

I do think it’s more a social media ‘win’ for the people that do it.

How many parents do you know that do elf that don’t put it on FB or instagram? Don’t they all?

I immediately judge anyone as vapid that does tbh. Your kids can have fun and you don’t have to post it everywhere! Is what I want to say every time.

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LaurieMarlow · 04/11/2019 22:14

How many parents do you know that do elf that don’t put it on FB or instagram? Don’t they all?

Well me for one.

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