I’ll be honest. Elf on the Shelf used to just do my head in. It was probably one of those things I used to think was a total waste of energy and time; just something else to worry and stress about before Christmas! The grem was probably a baby at this time. I always said to hubby it wasn’t something I would EVER do and I don’t even think he listened to me, as when we were kindly sent a Scout Elf this year (and I agreed?!) he had no idea of what we had to do each day and we had a row when he didn’t hide the box!!!
The grem had an Elf in reception so she did have some idea of what happened. She knew he moved and you weren’t allowed to touch him. So after I rushed back from a work conference on Friday 31st November, we got him out and the lovely book he came with, and sat him on the mantelpiece.
We haven’t actually looked back! My eldest has been enraptured since December 1st. Once she was introduced to him and yes, her inquisitive mind did question if he was real, she has been sooo excited. She does tend to want to make one of us get up immediately with her to find the little thing (not fun at 6am!) but it has been so lovely to see her excitement and her strong belief. She’s not touched him at all.
I have to admit I’ve quite enjoyed it. In 17 days when have remembered only at the last minute twice but always been able to sort him. We haven’t been an crazy or imaginative as some people I have seen on social media and Pinterest but we have had a giggle hanging him upside down, head in cereal and getting lost in the Christmas tree! But like anything there is no need to get that crazy and social media can always be useful but at the same time a comparison minefield. But I must say, I’ve not cared with the Elf! As long as he moves, the gremlin has loved it! It’s made December so much more magical and exciting and not just about chocolate.
She’s not a massively naughty girl, just absolutely ridiculous and very head strong sometimes. I’ve not really threatened her at all with no Santa or the Elf telling Santa about her behaviour. It’s not that I’m against it but I don’t want her thinking she’s being watched all the time!! That was one of the things I didn’t like about the Elf on the Shelf concept; I didn’t want the grem to feel worried or anxious if she misbehaved, as of course the little monster would do! This has made it very relaxed and special.
Our Scout Elf is here to stay and I know we will have some fun times with him over the years.
Yes it is extra work.
Yes you have to remember everyday.
BUT NO, you don’t have to be very extreme and compete with some of the crazy ideas. As long as that little Elf moves somewhere everyday, your little ones will be enraptured!
Disclosure – we were sent this product and these are my honest thoughts.