So, Elf on the shelf. Seriously, who actually invented this? I only noticed it last year, perhaps because a large proportion of my Facebook friends have children who were getting older and seemingly took part in this new “tradition.”

But this year, since I’ve started blogging, I am seeing it EVERYWHERE. On Facebook, on Instagram, on Twitter, on blogs – there is an elf on every bloody shelf it seems.

Elf on the shelf

But I’m not into it and here’s a couple of reasons why:

  1. It’s just another thing to stress yourself out about at an already busy time of year.
  2. It’s something else to compete about – what hilarious elf antics is your elf getting up to? Oh mine baked a cake over night… mine came through a blizzard of sprinkles….errr, mine just sat by the lamp or the actual effing shelf!?
  3. If you don’t do it, you’re a mean mummy and Santa doesn’t care about your kids.
  4. I don’t like the eyes. Stop looking at me!!
  5. Finally, and this is the big one…. It’s NOT WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT!!!!

My friend does it (thanks for the photo!) and told me she’s creating a bit of light hearted magic and fun memories for her children.  Yes it’s all harmless fun blah blah bla.. A bit like a Christmas Eve box, which incidentally, we also don’t do. (Although this year we will be at my brother’s and his children have one, so Miss Belle is taking part. She will get a pair of Xmas PJs to wear. I can’t look completely Scrooge like, can I?).

But am I the only one who feels like Christmas is getting more and more commercial and further away from what it’s actually all about? I know in my lifetime, it always has been commercial. There’s been Toys R Us adverts ever since I can remember, signaling to parents it’s time to go buy a load of crap toys… “it’s a magical place, we’re on our way there… it’s called Toys R Us, Toys R Us… Toys R Us!” (you were singing it then too right?).

But since when is simply writing and posting a letter to Santa, not enough anymore? Last year my eyes were opened when I met some new mums who had older children. I saw the lengths they went to, to make sure their kids had a magical Christmas, creating sparkly glittery porridge oat reindeer food to put out of Christmas Eve. That, I can get on board with. It’s cute and a fun crafty thing to do. But this crappy looking toy elf who visits every day to make sure the children are good, so they get presents from Santa? P-leeeeeease. I’d quite like Miss Belle to grow up knowing she needs to behave nicely all year round, not just when a plastic toy elf is watching.

And finally, I don’t want to go all Bible mad on everyone, but the true meaning of Christmas is about celebrating Jesus’ birth. I’m not saying you have to be a Christian to celebrate Christmas. Lots of people choose to celebrate the occasion with family time, focusing on love and joy. But, whether you believe it or not, that’s the origin of Christmas.

It’s not about a plastic toy Elf on the shelf watching over kids to make them behave well for a month.

So, join me. Elf on the shelf: Just say no.