Why We Don’t Do Elf on the Shelf

Why We Don’t Do Elf on the Shelf

We don’t do Elf on the Shelf.

*Gasp*. You may think to yourself, Elf on the Shelf seems like such a wonderful holiday memory! Why would anyone not want to share that with their kids? I will assure you that I am not a Grinch and I am not a bad mom (well jury is still out on that one). But seriously, let me give you the run down of why we don’t have an Elf. If you do have an Elf and love the tradition, I’m glad it works for you! These opinions aren’t anti-elf, they are just what works best in our house.

Reason #1: Santa is magical.

Growing up as a kid, it was amazing to me that Santa “sees you when your sleeping, knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good…” simply because he is SANTA and he knows things. To my husband and I, the fact that Santa needs to send a spy out to invade your home and watch your kids like a hawk kind of takes away from how awesome the illusion of Santa is for our children. If Santa is so great, why would he need a little snitch to run back to the North Pole every night to tell him what’s going on?

Reason # 2: It’s less stress.

We try to keep everything pretty simple around our home to keep it running smoothly. I know myself enough to be honest, I’m pretty lazy. I am sure that I would forget to move the Elf more often than not. We all have pretty busy schedules and by the time the kids go to bed, my husband and I are both just as exhausted. I mean, I’ve forgotten to be the Tooth Fairy more times than I’d like to admit, so why add another thing to my plate.

Reason #3: Once you are in, you are IN.

Think about it, when you do Elf on the Shelf one year, you have to do it every year after that. My oldest daughter first asked me about the Elf when she was 5 (she’s 9 now), her younger sister was 3, and we have another daughter who wasn’t even thought of then. So, if I had started when she first asked, I would have already been doing it for four years. My youngest is only 2-years-old now, so we are talking at least another six years. That’s 10 years of my life that I would have committed to needing to know exactly where the Elf is every December. To be honest, I know I’d lose it, probably more than once, and have to spend more money replacing it. Not to mention, coming up with clever schemes for it every night while its out. Which leads me to my final thought…

Reason #4: The Elf is mischievous

I don’t know much of the elf’s backstory, but maybe it explains why he’s so naughty. How is Santa going to send an elf to watch my children, then allow the elf to misbehave the way it does? I just really don’t understand why these elves are setting such poor examples for our children. Whoever understands that aspect, please explain…

With all that said, a few years ago my MIL decided to get one for her house while the kids are there. His name is “Elmer” and he’s pretty cool. To me, it makes more sense that Santa wouldn’t be able to keep an eye on them while they were at someone else’s house. It’s also something fun for them to look forward to while they are there.

While I wish I was full of energy and ideas about what to do with the elf, I’m not. I’m honest about it. I am also honest with the fact that I do enjoy seeing other people’s posts about what their elves are up to. Some of you parents are so creative!

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Feel free to share stories of times you’ve forgotten to move the thing and how you’ve gotten out of it! If you don’t have an Elf on the Shelf, let me know if you agree with my reasons or if you have a different  reason why you don’t have one.



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