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Why I Hate Elf on the Shelf

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KKringle

Something else that I used to do around Easter time was surprise the kids with bunny visits. Yup, the Easter bunny. They never saw him though. At the time I had two Persian cats. I brushed them every night and would take the white hair and bring it to school in a little baggy. It was soft and felt like rabbit fur.  When the kids were out of the room I would place the hair in the window sills and on the carpet in the room so it looked like the rabbit had come in through the window and had entered the school. They really loved it.  They couldn't wait to come to class to see what the rabbit had left.  They would leave rabbit food and it would disappear. That is when teaching was fun. I also used to have Amelia Bedelia, a children's book character, write to them at different times and the kids would write to her and I would have a friend dress like her and come into the classroom to visit them. I don't think that much of this is any different then the elf on the shelf idea. It is all in how you approach it. This post has memories coming to me from those early years. Sometimes I miss those primary and elementary grades.

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Michael Rielly

I too have some of the original 1950s elves. As I mentioned, my mom would move them around the house. The elves were always placed out of reach and we were never allowed to touch them. Every day we would see them (multiple) in different places around the house. They were never posed in any position other than peeking out behind something. This kept it fun and magical. 

 

Now like so many other cherished traditions, overachieving parents trying to out do one another have ruined it.  

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KKringle

I too have some of the original 1950s elves. As I mentioned, my mom would move them around the house. The elves were always placed out of reach and we were never allowed to touch them. Every day we would see them (multiple) in different places around the house. They were never posed in any position other than peeking out behind something. This kept it fun and magical. 

 

Now like so many other cherished traditions, overachieving parents trying to out do one another have ruined it.  

Like everything else commercialism gets its hands on. I like simple too.

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Santa Johnathan

I too have some of the original 1950s elves. As I mentioned, my mom would move them around the house. The elves were always placed out of reach and we were never allowed to touch them. Every day we would see them (multiple) in different places around the house. They were never posed in any position other than peeking out behind something. This kept it fun and magical. 

 

Now like so many other cherished traditions, overachieving parents trying to out do one another have ruined it.  

 

 

Now, I'd be curious if you decided to take that idea as vintage as it might be, change the image a bit and create, "Michael's Elf in the Home" if you wouldn't get a C&D almost immediately! There certainly is a marketing lesson to learn in all of this.  

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Santa Hill

Here is an image posted on Facebook of one of the "creative" things you can do with your Elf On A Shelf.  Personally I find it in poor taste and completely against the original intention of the concept where the elf acts as a messenger to tell Santa if the children have been naughty or nice.

 

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Nick Hudson

I disagree here, last night I had to figure a way to help a sick child that was terrified to go to bed because he saw shadows, I told him I brought the elf to help protect him while he sleep I use everything I have if it helps.

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Santa Curtis

I disagree here, last night I had to figure a way to help a sick child that was terrified to go to bed because he saw shadows, I told him I brought the elf to help protect him while he sleep I use everything I have if it helps.

Yes, this is something different. I agree. I have no problems with this use of the elf as a helper to the child. Good Job!

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Santa Joel

I like the idea of Santa knowing whether the kids have been naughty or nice without having a spy. As Santa Forby said

"I do have a "Grouch in the House"; but, my wife gets a tad huffy when I refer to her that way! LOL"
I'm afraid I'm the Grouch in this house. Well, I'm trying to do better too. :confused:  
 
 

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Chris Capstone

I'm more of a Dwarf in the Drawer person.

Bruce, I don't why but your post really tickled me so much but it did.  Every time I hear someone mention Elf on the Shelf I now think "Dwarf in the Drawer" and I either smile or laugh.  With your permission I'd like to use that phrase in some presentations to all adult audiences.

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Santa George

I am not a big fan of E on the S but the fact is that most children have them. They test Santa by asking the elf's name so I include a questionaire to be answered by parents about things like best friend's first name, favorite present from last year, good deeds, teacher's names and things like that. I also include elf's name if they have one. Most parents have the elves doing silly things but not real bad things. They are expanding the toy line with female elves and clothing etc. to keep up the sales. I think personally that they are not nice looking and are a bit scary looking compared to other elves available out there such as "Adopt and Elf" and Christopher Popinkins which all look so much friendlier and nicer. My 2 cents.

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SantaCraig

when children tell me of their elves mischievousness, I look right at the Elf and say "How can I teach these children about right from wrong if you are teaching them wrong by doing naughty acts....you should be ashamed of yourself".

Hopefully. that will ruin the parents plans of further shenanigans.

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Chris Capstone

when children tell me of their elves mischievousness, I look right at the Elf and say "How can I teach these children about right from wrong if you are teaching them wrong by doing naughty acts....you should be ashamed of yourself".

Hopefully. that will ruin the parents plans of further shenanigans.

 

I suppose we can dream.

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Santa Forbey

Someone posted a t-shirt with two pictures of the elf on the shelf. Above it it said "It doesn't matter if you've been naughty or nice" Below the photo it said "The elf on the shelf is going to kill you in your sleep!"

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Michael Rielly

IMO, Elf on the Shelf has Jumped The Shark. 

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Santa Bruce Geron

Bruce, I don't why but your post really tickled me so much but it did.  Every time I hear someone mention Elf on the Shelf I now think "Dwarf in the Drawer" and I either smile or laugh.  With your permission I'd like to use that phrase in some presentations to all adult audiences.

Chris, Go for it. I was at a Holiday Open House for a local Independent Book Store and saw the Dwarf in the Draw kit. So, Santa picked-up the kit. We now hide it on each other. It's too much fun.

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Santa Forbey

 

I'm more of a Dwarf in the Drawer person.

How about a Midget on the Mantle?

Or, maybe, a Pygmy in the Pantry?

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Santa Johnathan

For all of you "Elf on a Shelf" haters...who want nothing more than to see the elves take a hike, you might want to check out Conan O'brien's latest video posted today...

 

WARNING:

The video could be considered offensive and graphic...please do not watch if you are sensitive to these issues, this is certainly NOT for children. 

 

http://teamcoco.com/video/conan-highlight-elf-on-the-shelf

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