A non-food post, but one worth pinning if you have littles at home and you do Elf on the Shelf. When it comes to Elf on the Shelf, people usually fall into one of three categories:
They (a) hate the elf, think the elf is creepy, think the elf is stupid, think the elf is wrong, think people use the elf to manipulate their children into behaving when they should just be parents, or think the elf is too much work. Either way, they hate the elf.
They (b) got an elf because of peer pressure or because it looked kind of fun, but loathe moving the little elf around, do it solely because their kids like it, regret getting an elf to begin with, and also pretty much hate the elf.
Or, (c) they LOVE the elf. They enjoy scanning pinterest for new elf ideas, they have fun hiding it, they bring it out right on the day after Thanksgiving, and in some cases, they even buy more than one elf.
I fall into category C. I LOVE the elf. I don’t use him to punish or scold my children (not that I’m necessarily against that, I just don’t use the elf that way.) I do sometimes point to the elves though and remind my kids that they are watching. We started out with one elf, Dingle Kringle. We added a second elf this year, Holly Twinkle Toes. I just bought a third elf on Amazon because they were on sale, for next year. Three kids, three elves. This way they can all take one when they grow up and move out. (Sob.)
Are there nights that I don’t feel like doing anything extraordinary and I just stick the elf in the tree or on a shelf? Yes siree. Many, actually. But oh man, I love watching their little faces light up when they come running downstairs in the morning to find them.
So here they are, my greatest hits. I have never, ever spent more than 10 minutes on the elf, and usually, it’s under 5.
Hope you enjoyed these! Questions welcomed in comments. 🙂