10 Easy & Fun Elf on the Shelf® Ideas for Skeptical Moms (VIDEO)

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Elf on ShelfI'll admit my initial response to The Elf On The Shelf® was not necessarily a positive one. I don't know why they couldn't make the elf look a little less creepy, but to be honest I find the idea of ANY doll watching me every day a little creepy. I'm also not thrilled about lying to my kids about one more thing ... as if I don't feel guilty enough about Santa.

Lastly, and most importantly, I didn't think I would remember to move the elf every night. I can't even play the role of an occasional tooth fairy without messing that up royally every time, so a nightly elf move seems like too much pressure!

You can't escape the elf on Pinterest though. Mothers everywhere have embraced this magical character, and every year they use him to create Christmas traditions for children to delight in. As I see a consistent stream of pins and repins of creative elf ideas from my friends who love him, I couldn't help but wonder ... am I missing out on something here?

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I set off to find myself an elf so that I could decide once and for all if this holiday tradition is a Pinterest win or a Pinterest fail. Watch what happened:

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Julia Saenz


2cent... 2centsCDN

The whole idea of the elf bugs me. Its creepy and the whole premise is that it gets into your stuff at night, being naughty, but if you're child is naughty its going to tell Santa. Sounds like a tattle tail. What exactly are we teaching kids???

2baby... 2babymomma

@2centsCDN my thoughts exactly

the4m... the4mutts

I hate that damn elf. Its a stupid premise, and its creepy.

craft... craftycatVT

Creepy little snitch! Don't have one and don't want one.

nonmember avatar Dana

We got the elf this year but we're making a game out of it more than having the elf be "naughty". He does "nice" things when the kids are sleeping. HE cleaned their toy room, brought new ornaments for the tree for the kids to hang from the north pole, set the table for breakfast, left new mittens in their coat pockets for the first snowfall.... you get it. It's my way of teaching them to pay it forward. One good turn deserves another and now they are finding ways to do nice things for others. My 4 year old went through his toys and took the ones he outgrew to daycare for the younger kids, my 3 year old helped bag up her gently used clothes for one of the younger kids at daycare. It's fun for them and, well, I like it too.

kaffe... kaffedrikke

What dafuq is elf on a shelf? Guess I'm googling.

nonmember avatar kelley

My daughter does elf on the shelf for her kids and they love it. I just enjoy the little elfs antics via pinterest since it is just me and the mr at home--but if I still had kids at home I'd be on board.

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