Dear Elf on a Shelf Critics: Stop Being Such a Grinch!

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December is here and Christmas cheer is in full swing.

But of course, that’s not without controversy. It’s abundantly clear (if you haven’t yet noticed), that we live in the age of crybabies whose preferred method of transportation is the never ending carousel of being offended.

The latest victim of the utter madness?

Our beloved (and somewhat hated if we’re being completely honest) Elf on a Shelf. Oh yes, you heard me right! Which is why I’m confident in my assumption that right about now you are scratching your head and thinking to yourself, how on bloody earth could there be anything controversial about the Elf?! Oh my dear readers, you’re going to find out.

To get the ball rolling, I want to share with you a brief excerpt of the utter madness I’ve actually read regarding the beloved Elf. I found it under the critics tab on Wikipedia.

The Elf has received some criticism from cultural reviewers. The Atlantic columnist Kate Tuttle calls it “a marketing juggernaut dressed up as a tradition” whose purpose is “to spy on kids” and that one shouldn’t “bully your child into thinking that good behavior equals gifts.”[18]Washington Post reviewer Hank Stuever characterized the concept as “just another nannycam in a nanny state obsessed with penal codes”.[3] Writing for Psychology Today, Dr. David Kyle Johnston calls it a “dangerous parental crutch”, with much the same reasoning as what he terms the “Santa lie“.[19] Professor Laura Pinto suggests that it conditions kids to accept the surveillance state and that it communicates to children that “it’s okay for other people to spy on you, and you’re not entitled to privacy[20].” She argues that “if you grow up thinking it’s cool for the elves to watch me and report back to Santa, well, then it’s cool for the NSA to watch me and report back to the government … The rule of play is that kids get to interact with a doll or video game or wor whave you, but not so with the Elf on the Shelf: The rule is that you don’t touch the elf. Think about the message that sends.”[21][22]Now I’m curious, were you able to read that with a straight face?? Because I sure wasn’t! I honestly believed that at the end of it would be something saying “oh just kidding, have fun live your life and let your kids enjoy the Christmas magic as long as they can” but no. It was so serious. I’m STILL laughing. I mean seriously, they actually compared the Elf to the NSA?!

No Elf on the Shelf, no problem.

Now listen, if you don’t want to participate in this particular tradition that’s fine! Everyone does their own traditions. It’s what makes it fun and interesting around this time of year. But to go so far as to make it a bad thing and shame those that do choose to participate?? What a rotten grinch!

My two cents..

To be frank with you, I am so utterly tired of seeing the magic stripped from Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, that’s fine! But leave it alone for the people who do. As for those who think that children are incapable of understanding the real meaning of Christmas while simultaneously believing in Santa and all that comes with him, stop forcing your ideals on everyone else. How dare you ruin the magic of Christmas for a child who’s family decided that they would be a household who believes in Santa.

My daughter is going to be six months old by the time Christmas gets here, and she won’t remember a single thing. But ya know what? I AM GOING ALL OUT. We are starting the magic from the get go and she will have pictures to look back on when she’s older. Elf on a Shelf will be making its debut in our home and I am so very excited.

Even as I write this I am shocked this is even a topic up for debate! How and what you do with the Elf is up to you. There is no right or wrong way to utilize it. That’s part of what makes it magical! Every families Elf is different and kids love to talk about it. If you think it’s creepy, fine! Don’t have one. Make something up and let your kids know that the Elf didn’t come because Santa ran out so maybe next year. Or maybe because you told Santa no. Have fun with it so they don’t ruin it for other kids.

Lastly, to the people that say things like “I can’t lie to my child because I don’t want them to hate me when they’re older. Also, it establishes a lack of trust” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Do you hate your parents because they were so evil they told you Santa was real? I sure don’t! Those were the best years of my life and I miss the feeling and waiting for Santa and just all the good that went with it. And no, I am not afraid to admit that. It was the best of years, and now I get to recreate that magic for my baby girl. It’s so special!

Whatever you decide to do is up to you. Just please keep in mind that although you feel like being a grinch, you don’t have to ruin it for everyone else.

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Gabby
Semi-sane and overly-caffeinated. Happy mama & happy wife. Everyday is an adventure, so you might as well tag along!

Semi-sane and overly-caffeinated. Happy mama & happy wife. Everyday is an adventure, so you might as well tag along!
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