Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Reason Why I Do Elf On The Shelf Even Though I Hate It

"Why do you do the Elf On The Shelf if you hate it?"

I've gotten this question before. I've seen other blog posts about it where people rant about being tired of seeing anti-self posts.

Sorry. They're gonna happen.

Yes, I am not fond of the elf.

So why do I do it?

My daughter loves her elf named Meredith. And yes, she's allowed to touch Meredith, because we got an extra special elf. (This also irks some people. "Why don't you follow the rules?" blah blah blah. 'Cause we don't wanna.)

Look. My daughter even made Meredith gifts. She was so excited for her to come back.

(The gifts were homemade bracelets..)

She even wrote a letter, and you have to understand, my daughter HATES to write. She says it cramps up her hand. So when she does it, you know it's because she A) has to because she's in school or B) really wants a person (or thing) to know how she feels. (The letter says: Dear Meredith, I love your work. Your are the best elf in the world. I love you Meredith the Elf.)

My daughter is 8 and is on the cusp of being a kid and a tween. Last week I saw her open her mouth into a perfect O and expertly apply lip gloss.

So maybe this will be her last year believing in Santa. Believing in the elf. If I can give her the last bit of true holiday magic before she starts rolling her eyes at the mention of Santa? I'll do it.

Yes, I might whine and complain about having to move the elf.

But I do it?

For her.


  1. We parents do a lot of things we hate for our kids. I think that's what makes us good parents, because its not about us its about them.

  2. Omgosh I love the Elf! Hahaha. I want to do it and I don't have kids.
    Please tell anyone bitching to just be grateful they have children they can do it for. We still haven't been able to get pg and it sucks!!

  3. I totally think the elf is annoying and simultaneously can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to understand so I can do it myself! I know... makes no sense. I think it's awesome that you continue to put the elf out for Natalie since she loves it so much!! :)

  4. I love this so much! This is why I do Santa, the Easter Bunny, Leprechauns and the Tooth Fairy, because it brings my kids joy! I don't mind the elf or people that do it, I just did want to do it myself. I have enough to do, LOL!

  5. Very cute about your daughter.

  6. That's so sweet of you to do that for your daughter. I never grew up believing in Santa or the elves. In fact, it's odd because I tried to get my son to believe in Santa, but he is just like me. He doesn't believe in Santa existing or the Tooth Fairy, or in anything else. He sort of just picked it up on his own. However, it would've been nice to cherish moments like this with my child.

  7. I am not a fan of the Elf but I totally agree sometimes you just have to suck it up for your kids.

  8. Love this. 99% of the things I do during the day are for my kids - and I'm okay with that.

  9. Gotta keep em in that state of innocence for as long as possible...!

  10. It's scary, right? To think that each year might be the last they believe. I hope for many more for us. Maintaining the magic is worth it.

  11. I think this is totally relatable! We do things we don't like for those little people we love. I used to find myself in bed on the brink of sleep and awakened by the thought of not moving that elf. I also remember a time when elf didn't come back from the North Pole for a few days…Opps! Kids love the elf antics and it really does bring an excitement to the holiday. It's about the kids.

  12. elf is creepy af, but the things we do for kids! i'm putting a cast on the elf and saying this leg is broken and not to move him.--genius idea i saw online ;)

  13. Love this!! This is also why we have an elf, my daughter is 8 as well and it very well may be her last year for Santa. I teach third grade and my students kept asking me when we were going to get an elf, so I got one for them too. Now I have to remember to move two elves but it's worth it to see how excited they get!


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