Monday, December 15, 2014

Am I Doing Elf On The Shelf Wrong?





We have an Elf on the Shelf.

It freaks me out.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm doing it wrong as I browse other blog posts or Pinterest.

For instance, most return letters are sweet:


Ours was like this:




A lot of people have their elf doing cute stuff:


Our elf does stuff like this:



More cutesy ideas:



(Is that paint? Too messy! Too messy! We prefer easy stuff! And sometimes Elf on the Shelf ideas are listed as easy, and it's like 4 steps. No thanks, guys. Not easy. Easy is sticking the dang elf on the Christmas tree, thanks.)

Meanwhile, our Elf is all:





Cutesy non-easy idea because you have to get crap set up:



Our elf:


Most fanatical elf people have a toy on each blade with the underwear neatly fluffed. After two, my arms hurt, I nearly fell over and broke my neck, so I was like, "Done." 


Oh, and we can touch our elf:


I posted this online and you'd think I shared a photo of the guy who played Mini Me in the Austin Powers movies streaking or something. People were beside themselves and were like, "She's TOUCHING THE ELF?" Um, yes. 

There are all sorts of things online about how to rescue an elf that has been touched. I am not joking. There are recovery letters. Recovery. Letters. I'm all for giving a kid magic, but that's pushing it for me. 

So yes, while we do the elf, we do it in an easy way.

(Really easy. Not fake 4-steps-to-complete easy.)


Do you have an Elf On The Shelf? 




69 comments:

  1. Recovery letters? No way!! I didn't have enough energy to even do a letter, we just move him around, sometimes not so well. His name is Christopher Popinkins and he looks different from the Elf, less creepy actually and smaller with a cute back story. So we'll keep him!

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  2. Well, we never did Elf on a shelf. Now, my kids would laugh themselves silly if I did this. Since everyone is over the age of 12 now. Personally, I don't think you are doing anything wrong.

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  3. I'd probably end up doing it the easy way too! I'm very impressed by all the creativity but I know I'd forget,

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  4. I could maybe actually have an Elf if we did it the way you do. Most elves look like waaaay too much work.

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  5. I love the way you do your elf - it is real and doable!!! Plus, if Natalie wants to touch the elf and cook with him then why shouldn't she?!

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  6. If we do the elf in a few years- and that's a BIG IF- we will do it your way- the easy way. The elf will just get moved different places nightly with no cleanup needed.

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  7. I like your elf version better. Especially love the "be nicer to your mom - she gave you life". Need to remember that next year ;-)

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  8. Whoa. Recovery letters?
    That's too much for me.
    Mine would spell out "fart" and probably find himself with a bit of a chocolate addiction. Smeared on his face. Empty wrappers. The like. You can use that idea if you want!
    Anyway. I like your elf.

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  9. I can't get over people getting upset about her touching it...lol

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  10. Not sure about everyone on here, but I find elfs a little... creepy? along with clowns and other such things...

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  11. I like your way so much better. My elf hangs out with Emmy's Barbies and she plays with it like she does her other toys.

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  12. I thought of you recently as my newspaper had an article titled "mench on the bench" Google it, I kid you not.

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  13. Hahaha, at least I can laugh at yours, but seriously, recovery letters? I am so glad there ain't no elf on my shelf!

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  14. The Elf on the shelf creeps me out. Those are way too much work, I would prefer the simple ideas, who has time to put them together let alone clean it up! No, thanks!

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  15. We don't have an elf because my kids are too old now. Your pictures of Meredith on Instagram crack me up every day- you are the queen of elf on the shelf! I had no idea you weren't supposed to touch it - and seriously, recovery efforts? People don't have enough to do - they should come over to my house and I'll put them to work.

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  16. Hahaha! I love this! I did three years of the cutesy elf stuff. I was all out of cutesy creativity so I changed it up this year. This year Snickers asked to kids to spread Christmas cheer with random acts of kindness. And we touch our elf too.

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  17. we touch our elf as well and our elf actually stays out all year - he usually hangs out on my daughters dresser!

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  18. I have to admit I just don't get it. Weird little creepy things!!

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  19. Bahahaha... your letter is priceless! And obviously I'm a fan of writing fart in sugar. Or anything!

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  20. I didn't really know what the elf thing was all about until you started posting about it. I think you are totally doing it right! Especially for your kids! It definitely seems like the things they want to see the elf doing!

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  21. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHA
    Stop. OMG. WAIT.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHA
    Your letter is amazing. I wish there was a profession wherein all you did was write letters to people. That sass would take you far!

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  22. I'm so over it. Lol. Years of that and Flat Stanley with my nephews drove me nuts.

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  23. This was a great series of pictures. We haven't done elf on a shelf. My daughter is only 18 months.

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  24. This is a great series and such a charming way to get your little one excited for Christmas! This sends me back to the days when I was a kid myself :")

    xx Heather || stormywheather.com

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  25. We have an elf my little ones love it but we dont really move it about religiously everyday and or set up anything, they are only little so enjoy just seeing it.

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  26. hAHAHHAAH. I'm dying. There are actual tears falling out of my eyes, I was laughing so hard. I have a few mom friends who really take this seriously. I prefer your version. Makes for a more entertaining experience! :)

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  27. hahaha this is so great! Based on your return letter I assumed you had much older kids that can appreciate a darker sense of humor - clearly you are making it fun for yourself too! I have a feeling that if I ever go down the elf road with my future kids I'll be keeping your style in mind! Keep it up :)

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  28. I have always found the Elf on a Shelf concept very creepy. Since I am Jewish I never had one in the house growing up.
    xo Jessica
    www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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  29. Wow this is the first i heard of elf on the shelf. That idea is super cool tho, i have to try it one year.

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  30. It's so fun seeing how people stage their elf on a shelf. Great ideas.

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  31. I like it! Your elf is in your home and you can set him up to be apart of your family how ever you want!

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  32. I love your elf! He's hysterical :) We never had one, our kids aged out before he came along...thank goodness. But, I'd like to think our elf would be like yours!

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  33. The elf is so hilarious. Loved the Fart thing. OMG!

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  34. Haha this is hilarious! My family never got into elf on she shelf but I will one day as a mama!

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  35. LOL "stick the dang elf on the Christmas tree" you tell 'em!

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  36. Oh my gosh! Haha you're doing it so right, the elf is part of the family and should have the same character that fits the family vibe!

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  37. Is there a rule on how you treat your elf? I think your elf is having tons of fun! Doing silly stuff and not so cutesy stuff. It reflects your personality. She is more adventurous than the other ones.

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  38. We will not be doing elf on a shelf. Way too much work.

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  39. Well i don't have an elf but your ideas, this seems supper cute 😃

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  40. Honestly, I do not know the background about the elf is on the shelf story :( But I can totally say that your elf is the cutest ever! What a funny post haha!
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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  41. We have 2 elves (two children, one for each.) Last year I was prepared. This year, not even close. We're doing easy stuff this year, knickers and jocks on the Christmas tree sort of stuff!

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  42. I could not tell you as I don't have one but seems as if you are. :) Love the pictures.

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  43. that letter is hilarious! I have to admit that elf on the shelf is new to me, I never had it when I was a child but this looks so much fun!

    Ellie
    www.maplesyrupandteacups.blogspot.com

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  44. I think yours is funny! If I lived there, I would definitely have similar ideas, I am too lazy for the artsy stuff. I mean, who has time to set up sand and all that!

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  45. I don't think I'll ever be good at Elf on the Shelf. At least you're making an effort and they're quite fun ideas as well!

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  46. I personally don't think you can do elf on a shelf wrong. I'd never even heard of it until a few years back and now I love the idea and hope to do it with my future children. I don't think I'll be creating anything I have to clean up in order to make it happen though. I thought your approach is a lot more practical!

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  47. Haha!! Love it, this totally made me chuckle :)

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  48. I have never done Elf on the shelf.It's not a custom that's popular in India.Though we love Christmas celebration .
    Loved your take on it.It was hilarious.

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  49. Elf on a shelf ... not something we do here in Germany. My kid is 14 now --- I still think it would be a hoot to do it your way. So cool!

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  50. I've never done Elf On A Shelf. It's hilarious how far people take it. You can't touch it? Really?

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  51. Elf are spooky for me but those photos are so nice!

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  52. I dont have Elf on the Shelf but if I did my version would be something like yours. I absolutely love it!

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  53. I've never understood Elf on the Shelf myself (lol). But it looks like such a cute game for families from your post. Although tiring perhaps at times. -Aireona

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  54. Wow, I love this. This makes me laugh! I want to have this stuff in my house

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  55. Love it!! I love that the elf ended up on the ceiling fan - just too funny!

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  56. this is totaly strange and new to me as i am not used to this but i am always open to learning new things. good thing i learnt of this here first.

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  57. I love Elf on the shelf, but I've never done it. I like your easy route.

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  58. I personally find the idea of the Elf kinda creepy:) I personally love the posts with the Elf in inappropriate positions. This is what happens when you have teens you lose your mind

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  59. You are hilarious! I love this and the letter made me laugh out loud!

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  60. Okay I actually really love this because this is my attitude towards it. Maybe ONE day I'll do something non-easy but that's my limit.

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  61. We don't do Elf on the Shelf or Santa Claus, but I have friends who like to do Elf on the Shelf for their kids. I think it's cute...and it can also be a little creepy. Lol Hope you guys have a great holiday!

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  62. I love this! Your letter made me giggle! And "Everybody poops" book is a classic!! you're such a fun mom. Forget the cutesy stuff, you're cool in my book!

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  63. hahahahahha! such an awesome post. I had no idea about these elf figurines. those poses you featured are hilarious! i want to get one

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  64. I fell stupid for never knowing what Elf on the shelf meant or not knowing what it is. You have a great sense of humor. xx

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  65. hahahaha! I love this article and what you are doing with your elf. Your return letter was perfect! I also didn't know that you weren't suppose to touch the elf, but now I know not to post a picture. Merry Christmas!

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  66. Hahaha I like your way much better!

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  67. I am not familiar with elf on the shelf or what it is about, sounds and looks interesting. It always to good to hear what everyone is up to.

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