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That magical elf is on the move
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Are you familiar with Elf on the Shelf?

The first I heard about Elf on the Shelf was a video I saw online. It was hilarious. A woman was venting about it. Check that out. It’s by Heather Land and called “I ain’t doin it – Elf on the Shelf.” Google it. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve watched it about 15 times and laughed every time. 

The second time was the other day when Kelly asked if I wanted to take a trip to Murfreesboro to buy one. Apparently, her son was somewhat upset that an elf hasn’t come to keep an eye on him to report back to Santa Claus if he’s being naughty or nice. My niece was out the day after the comment feverously seeking a boy Elf on the Shelf, which she finally found.

FYI, it was at Ashley’s Attic. They have them, as well as accessories, if anyone else needs one. Dodged a trip to Murfreesboro and buying local. Sweet.

Given all the brouhaha, I became interested in discovering more information about Elf on the Shelf. I must say I was a little shocked when I saw one. Kind of creepy, if you ask me. This thing is supposed to eye your child and report back to Santa? Alright then.

I questioned all this and my niece told me she’s supposed to move the elf around the house at night when her son is asleep. The elf is a little trickster. Parents are supposed to move this thing around the house at night so their children will think it is moving, as well as invent things the elf has supposedly done. That takes creepy to a whole new level.

In the hilarious video, the woman said she wanted to send out a big congratulations to all the parents who are killing it, putting that Elf on the Shelf. She questioned where they get the mental energy for it. She said, “Your elf is over here baking cakes, trimming trees and pooping Hershey’s kisses and I’m over here trying to keep my kids alive. I mean I can barely get myself off the shelf.” She whispers, “I’m a failure.”

Now I know what she’s talking about. I’m with her. Who thought this up? Parents who are getting too much sleep at night? Didn’t think those existed. When my children were young, I didn’t have the energy or mental capacity to move this thing around every night and come up with ideas.

However, my niece is having fun with it. She’s keeping us updated. Night one: she draped toilet paper in her son’s room and wrote “Santa says hi” using M&Ms on his dresser. To frame the elf, she left empty toilet paper rolls and M&Ms on the floor around it.

He’s named the elf Dash.

Compliments to all you parents (Kelly) who are killing it with this Elf on the Shelf stuff, but I’m the woman in the video.

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.