For those of you who have just stumbled upon my page and don’t know a thing about me, let me alert you to the fact that I am an Elf of the Shelf freakazoid (scroll down for Elf on the Shelf pics & ideas). There are plenty of people in the world who display cult-like behavior when it comes to things like Star Wars, pumpkin spiced lattes, or Candy Crush. In my case, it’s Elf on the Shelf. For whatever reason, the Star Wars brethren are left alone. The pumpkin spiced latte zombies share in each other’s excitement as the fall season arrives. There is a conglomerate of Candy Crush people who spend copious amounts of time helping each other crush animated candy while inviting the whole Facebook nation to join them on their quest. But heaven forbid if you are like me and enjoy displaying an elf in your home for one month out of the year!
I think the hatred spawns from the idea that I am an overachiever or a show off. So, to give all of the Elf on the Shelf haters a better understanding of why we do it, here are some of the real reasons why this damn elf is so special.
- When it’s Elf on the Shelf season, my children literally burst out of bed with excitement, ready to look for our elf, Rose. I have to ask the haters a question. Can you imagine being so excited about something every day for one month that you literally JUMP out of bed for it?
- I have a very technical job with zero creativity involved. I look forward to this time of year so that I can let my creative juices flow. I love coming up with unique ways for Rose to show us just how mischievous she can be. Is that such a bad thing?
- I post these pictures to Facebook almost daily, not to piss you off, but to share ideas with my other mom friends who also do wacky things with the Elf on the Shelf. I’m not trying to be arrogant. I’m trying to be helpful.
- My children are 8 and 10 years old, and this might very well be the last year they believe in any type of magic at all. So, why not keep it alive for just a little bit longer?
So, for all of you haters out there, please cut us “overachievers” some slack. My family has fun in different ways than your family does. And that’s okay. So, let’s try this. You stop the mommy shaming when it’s Elf on the Shelf time, and I will promise not to mock you next fall, when the foam from your pumpkin spiced latte has decorated your upper lip. Deal?
Merry Christmas to all!