Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Elf on the Shelf -- The Near Debacle

Oh dear Lord.


Many, MANY times during my tenure of motherhood, I've felt a day late and a dollar short.  I keep finding out about things that would have been cool when Zack was three -- but now he's nine.  And then I learn about traditions I just never knew about because we never did anything like that when I grew up.


I've been noticing this mildly creepy looking elf in the bookstore along with the book "The Elf on the Shelf", but I bypassed it because if *I* thought the little guy looked a little .... freaky ... then surely Zack would, too.


Last night, while reading "The Hobbit" to him (something I am at least on time with for once), Zack popped up out of bed and said, "Do we have any crackers?????  Oh, and a glass of water."


Well that was a little off-topic from Gandalf and My Precious but I'm used to that with Zack.


"What kind of crackers?" I asked, starting to get nervous, because, you know... this is Zack.


"If we put out water and crackers, in the morning, we get AN ELF!!!!" he exclaimed, clapping his hands.  I, on the other hand, widened my eyes in horror because it's 8pm and Mommy has no mad elf-making skillz. 


"Um, honey, I don't know that elves always come out that way,"  I said, still frantically trying to come up with something because when Zack gets an idea going, it doesn't stop.  No, it goes on and on until it's been completed and then some.


After a little conversation about elves (we had this similar conversation about freaking leprechauns in March, I swear), we went back to reading "The Hobbit" -- but I was still worried.


As I should have been.  Because today, when we came home from school, Zack asked if we could go get an elf.


"Don't you think it's kind of creepy?  I mean, we don't like clowns, it looks like a clown's kid, don't you think?"  I asked.  (Bad Mommy.  Think of the children.  The poor little clown children.)


But no.  I did some research on the internet and found out what the hoopla about "The Elf on the Shelf" is about and I've already missed half the danged month.  But next week, when we have a mommy/son play date to the book store, guess what we're buying?


A creepy little elf.  But it will make the boy happy.  


That elf just better not end up on my night stand in the middle of the night.



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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

32 comments:

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Several of my co-workers (with small kids) have been talking about the Elf on the Shelf. One co-workers son is having nightmares of the Elf - and I can see why. I would have nightmares of that Elf looking at me too:) Have fun with the play date with Zack. I hear you about that Elf ending up on the night stand - that might be the end of the Elf right there ;)
Have a great week!

Libellula Jewelry said...

The first time that I saw the book & elf, I noticed that it's like the elf that my mother bought when my older sisters were little back in the mid-50s. Mom's elf is dressed in green and always sat perched among the Christmas tree branches peering out mischievously. Now, she rarely decorates a tree but her elf is out every year!

Renetha said...

It truly a joy to read your posts. It made me think back 13 years ago when my oldest was 4 and asked for a "Barbie" for Christmas. I went with it, but DH flipped out and pretty much said we are not buying a "Barbie" for our son. I may have to post something on my blog about the rest of the story :)

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Good for you for putting your son's happiness in front of everything else; even that creepy little elf. Lol

All I can say is better you than I. I HATE dolls o.O

Jen on the Edge said...

My sister has an elf for her 2 y.o. and they're having a lot of fun with it. I, however, am delighted that my girls are too old for this stuff.

Brandi Hussey said...

I'm just going to say it: The Elf on the Shelf FREAKS me out.

A bunch of my friends have been posting Elf photos on Facebook. The first couple were cute, but the more I thought about it, the more terrified I became.

Logically, I KNOW that the Elf isn't moving on its own. But if your Elf makes an appearance on your nightstand, and you didn't move it, don't tell me.

Holly said...

Yup. Elf. Joy. My almost-7 year old has one of the creeper Elves in her classroom, and is always coming home with stories of it's adventures. She wants one here at home, and has enlisted the four-year old to her cause. I don't. Really. Don't. But think I might be fighting a losing battle. Ugh.

Ann said...

I was an easily creeped out kid (many nightmares, still get them) and we had 3 elves, I had 2 brothers, that sat around every Christmas and I never had a problem with them. We never had the book though...

Shaiha said...

This is one time that I am so glad that I don't have kids. No elves for this home. Besides all our dragons would eat him. Hey wanna borrow a dragon?

ladyhawthorne said...

Hmmm, we have several of these elves when I was a child in the 60's. But ours never sat on shelves. The hung from doorknobs or sat in the tree. Maybe I need to check out that book and see what all the fuss is about.....nah, I don't have little ones to please and my cat doesn't care. Have fun with yours though!

Alicia said...

Shaiha, you made me laugh... I can't stop yet :) William would **love** a dragon! he has a couple in his room, 2 antiques :)

I didn't read the Elf story and I am a bit terrified to do so now. But knowing you and Zack I think you'll pass this one just fine - maybe you can make that little Elf some jewelry and he'll be less creepy?!

AliMc said...

So glad my kids are beyond Ef age (I hope). The little guy is intended to be cute but he kinda reminds me of the Christmas version of Chucky. Good Mommy for indulging in your son's new tradition though :)

coolmoon said...

I have one of those in a box of stuff I got from my Grandmother. In the basement. In the dark. I hope the lid is tight. Dang it, Lori! Now I'm gonna have to sleep with one eye open!

Gardanne said...

Very funny, fortunately my daughter was easily distracted at that age and any subject could be easily changed to cake.
I had to give back my Mom's old china dolls because they just creeped me out.

coffeeaddict said...

Lori,
I can't remember the last time I laughed so much while reading a blog! Wishing you all the best in your search for a non freaky or at least a slighty less freaky elf as well a happy and warm holiday season.

Wendy said...

I have no idea what this Elf on a Shelf business is! I've seen it all over - especially on Pinterest but really don't know what it is?!?

Anonymous said...

Like you I always feel a day late, and a dollar short......The elf does not creep me out so much and I am sure you will make some fun and great memories. I discovered him last year, but my child is a little older so I never purchased it. There are a lot of funny blogs out there that recount some of the escapades that some of the elves are having. A couple of the stories that have I read had portrayed an overnight pillow fight and left a pillow tattered with feathers everywhere and the elf was sitting in the feathers, another was baking cookies overnight and left a mess in the kitchen......These to me are quite humorous and ( a little over the top but I imagine to some small kids (and adults) a little off putting.....Have fun with it, you know what your guy can handle, so set your elf up accordingly :)

Becky Pancake said...

Glad to hear that Zack is going to get his elf. It's probably something that he will remember the rest of his life.

Laura Twiford said...

My daughter is doing this with the kids this year and they called me the other day laughing that during the night, the elf had taken down all the Christmas stockings and replaced each one with their underwear! I remember how antsy the kids would get leading up to the big day and this activity probably takes the edge off and distracts them a bit from Santa seeing you while you're sleeping and awake! Have fun with it!

Kelly J. R. said...

Oh my gosh. I just laughed so hard. I think the Elf is totally creepy too. What is up with that?!

DeborahRead.com said...

What you end up doing to make your kids happy. I was good till you mentioned not finding onyour nightstand and all I can think of is that clown for poltergeist.
I received a Kitchen Witch one year and she has sat on the kitchen window for years (every once in a while I take her down to dust the cobwebs off and the dust)
Elf on the Shelf
by Carol Aebersold, Chanda Bell
I had never heard of till you posted - need a visit to Chapters to check it out

DeborahRead.com said...

Here is a little read :

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2012/12/why_elf_on_a_shelf_is_freaking.php

Cassi Renee said...

I'm glad my daughter is beyond the "elf on the shelf" age --I have enough to do at Christmas without remembering to surreptitiously move an elf around each evening.

We did have a stuffed monkey that moved around the house for a while --my husband would move him late at night, and Emma and I would move him in the mornings --he's little, purple, and has velcro hands. The fun was in being surprised at finding him somewhere. We were all aware of how he was getting from place to place!

Kathleen Douglas said...

If this little creep showed up on my bedside table, his next job would be as a doggy play toy.

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

Hysterical! I don't have kids but I would be behind on all the new things, too. Get the least maniacal elf you can find.

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Never heard of or ever saw these elves befor reading this post - I just hope Andi doesn't get wind of it - she too, like Zack fixates until fruition - help us all... Happy Holidays and their traditions... thanks for sharing and I hope he avoids you rnight stand ;)

Tricia T said...

This is the first year we've really gotten into elf antics. And, I have to say--I absolutely love it. The girls get a kick out of how mischievous this little guy is. The laughter, the conversations... all priceless. Tonight, he's making snow angels in flour--found that one on the web. Have fun with it =) I wasn't prepared to get such a kick out of it!

Krys said...

My mom got one for my oldest's 3rd Christmas. (She is now 12). It's a pain to remember to move him and leave little presents (candy, hair clips, my sister leaves a few pieces of lego each night for her boys that gets built each day until the 24th). I cannot tell you how many nights my husband or I have woken up and had to move him or find something to leave. I sometime have good fun with him, like the morning he was playing old maid with the youngest girls barbies or posing in the nativity set. but I do run out of steam mid month.

My feelings aside, both my kids still get SO excited about him and talk to him and it's a true tradition they LOVE. I have had a few times when they were fighting that the elf left only a note telling them his saw what they were up to and Santa was not amused and that straightened them up quick. It is what you make it. It can be creepy, annoying, or fun in that you are doing something to create memories of magic and the spirit of Christmas. I like magic!

DeborahRead.com said...

There was a Elf on the shelf tv show tonight

Spirited Earth said...

very funny..i guess what is creepy to some isn't to others..Zack is certainly his own person..hope he has fun with mischief maker Elf..a hammer by your bedside just encase pesky elf appears on the nightstand

Colleen said...

Lori - I love your writing! I have several great nieces & nephews & they are having so much fun with the Elf this holiday season. I saw one the other day at Target & there is a new one that doesn't look nearly as creepy. The other day my niece told me she came down the stairs to find the elf wrapped around the sugar bowl - with sugar spread all around him. She couldn't stop giggling over the antics of that silly elf. Hope you & Zack have fun!

Sylvia said...

Your post made me laugh :) Although the elf on a shelf may seem a bit creepy looking, children really do enjoy them. My sister and several other moms that I know having been doing this for a few years and just love it! It is a huge responsibility, though, to make sure you move him every night before you go to bed :)

Sylvia
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