Here is my basic understanding of the whole thing: there is an Elf. It comes out at some point before Christmas and is supposedly a spy for Santa. As in, he tells Santa when your kid acts like an asshole, so Santa can decide if your
So it is blackmail via stalker elf.
I love it.
We haven't done Elf on a Shelf before but we are definitely doing it this year. We got a hand-me-down kit for free, which came with the book to explain the elf and the actual elf. The elf is slightly creepy looking but not, like, murder you in your sleep creepy or anything. So it should only freak Olivia out enough to make her bend to my every whim. Hopefully.
I'm planning a Christmas countdown for Olivia. One fun activity or small gift from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. The elf will move around each night (as explained in the book) and will have a small card for Olivia to open in the morning so she can find out what the activity is for that day. Easy enough.
What I don't understand is where the whole Naughty Elf on a Shelf came from. I've seen so many blogs and Facebook posts with pictures of elves just fucking up shop every day. Making messes, doing weird things, hanging from the ceiling, whatever.
(Which reminds me that you HAVE TO look at Baby Rabies for all of the most hilarious inappropriate Elf on the Shelf ideas.)
Anyway. What thinks you, Internet? Is this cute? Annoying? Over-the-top?