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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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WhiskeyLullaby · 04/11/2019 23:16

@NearlyGranny I'm a pretty fast reader,but even I couldn't read a book in the 5 seconds it takes to throw the elf in the sink,or shove him in a cereal box. Plus all of this happens once the children are asleep.
Not that it has to be an either or situation ,contrary to your assumption.

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OtraCosaMariposa · 04/11/2019 23:17

Yes, total shit which has only been around for a decade. It's not magical. It's consumerist shit much adored by the "making memories" huns.

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dreichwinter · 04/11/2019 23:19

We have gnomes and even though dc no longer believe they are magical I think they will reappear.
They and their naughty ways are one of my Xmas highlights.

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LaurieMarlow · 04/11/2019 23:21

Why not spend the time reading Christmas's stories to your children instead?

Newsflash. You can do both.

Mind blowing I know. Wink

You do most of the work when they’re in bed. Not much use reading stories to them then.

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dreichwinter · 04/11/2019 23:21

I don't post anything on SM about it.

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LaurieMarlow · 04/11/2019 23:22

It's consumerist shit

I’ll ask again, what consumerist about it?

Speaking as the proud owner of a five euro elf that will last years.

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dreichwinter · 04/11/2019 23:25

@iklboo my elves regularly drink a bottle of of wine or put one another in the slow cooker.
DC have only just left primary school.
Fear I may have mentally scarred them!

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LaurieMarlow · 04/11/2019 23:26

which has only been around for a decade

Don’t understand this objection either. Everything starts somewhere.

I’d love to have been on here in the 1840s (or whenever). hopefully everyone was complaining about the upstart, vulgar, German tradition of Christmas trees.

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JohnnyMcGrathSaysFuckOff · 04/11/2019 23:27

I hate elves.

But I do generally like arranging the DC toys in amusing patterns. Not every night but I will periodically leave one of the farm animals reading the others a story, or a dinosaur wearing school shoes etc. I am very childish.

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pooboobsleeprepeat · 04/11/2019 23:27

So shit and I will never do it! Also to add to the shit list- peoples sm posts about what they’re twat elf has got up to! No one fucking cares!

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dreichwinter · 04/11/2019 23:30

@LaurieMarlow I think this exact point every year when this is discussed 😂

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stucknoue · 04/11/2019 23:34

Never heard of it, definitely new (and not a traditional American thing, we lived there when kids were tiny)

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RedSoloCup · 04/11/2019 23:40

Our elf just moves some days and doesn't go on social media, actually we have a girl and boy as I couldn't find him last year!

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MrsTerryPratchett · 04/11/2019 23:41

I’d love to have been on here in the 1840s (or whenever). hopefully everyone was complaining about the upstart, vulgar, German tradition of Christmas trees.

And if Ye Olde Mumsnetters had won, that'd be one less task at Christmas. And since they are terrible for fatal house fires, we'd all be better off!

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AlliKaneErikson · 04/11/2019 23:42

Absolute pile of crap, I’m afraid. Very glad my dc never asked why they didn’t have an elf! Thank goodness they are too old to ask now anyway (12 and 9).
Facebook becomes Elfbook in December; half of it’s not even for the kids, it’s quite clearly just for for the ‘likes’!

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WhiskeyLullaby · 04/11/2019 23:46

Elves for the likes on FB and smug,hoity toity, snobby,judgemental, possibly xenophobic attitudes for MN approval.

Same shit,different sides of social media.

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RoseMartha · 04/11/2019 23:49

I cant face doing it again this year tbh. It is the constant moving it abt, I get tired and forget. Then they get upset it hasnt moved. Dc are also year 8 so a bit old for it really. Bet if I ask them if they want the elf to visit they will say yes.

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Whoops75 · 04/11/2019 23:49

Elf on the shelf causes anxiety to most kids I know. Wouldn’t have one in the house

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WeBuiltThisBuffetOnSausageRoll · 04/11/2019 23:51

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.

Unlike his sister Alexa....

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WeBuiltThisBuffetOnSausageRoll · 04/11/2019 23:56

We don't do Elf On The Shelf in December to encourage unnaturally good behaviour for one month in order to get nice presents; but we do do Jobbie In The Lobby all year round: you know that we don't run in the hall, but if you do, your expensive brand new trainers might just find where it's chosen to lurk for today....

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HiJenny35 · 05/11/2019 00:02

What rubbish, elf on a shelf doesn't cause aniexty. I honestly think a lot of you just want to rubbish things because you can't be arsed to do it. Totally up to you, just don't do it, but don't pretend that kids don't really enjoy it, that it's actually anymore than one minute of effort per day or that it's weird. Do it every year, takes no time, kids love finding it in the morning before school, takes nothing away from Santa.

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LipSyncForYourLife · 05/11/2019 00:03

I’m gonna start my own one ‘Fairy in the dairy’. Every time family moan that the cake is mysteriously all gone they’ll find our minging old Christmas fairy on the plate with the crumbs...

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IdblowJonSnow · 05/11/2019 00:06

My dh didn't want to do it but I reminded him it's for the kids, not him!
Besides I found a cute elf for 3 quid...
Our compromise is we do it for one week before xmas, not all of December. I'm not imaginative enough for any more ideas than that!

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64sNewName · 05/11/2019 00:08

Like fuck would I ever give house room to one of those creepy elf twats. Amazed there is such unanimous support for them at your office

I was not aware the elf was so necessary these days. In our day of having really young dc it was barely on our radar, thankfully

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recededpronunciation · 05/11/2019 00:15

Just when you thought you were safe for the rest of the year - there’s a birthday Elf as well.

Kill. Me. Now.

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