Confession: We have an Elf on the Shelf, but he doesn't have a name, and he just sits on the shelf (literally) all month - like part of the decor. I'm not even sure that Sam has ever noticed him.
Be honest... Am I the worst mom?
Someone gave us the Elf for Sam's first Christmas when it was just starting to get popular. I thought it was a cute idea, and I was (still am) glad we have one. (At least there is a spark of hope that I will become Creative and Fun Mom one day; if I had to actually buy one myself, it would never happen.) But, to be frank, I'm just not into it...
If you asked me why (let's pretend you did, k?), here's what I would tell you:
- I think it is a little creepy to tell my toddler that a small man is watching him all the time.
- I don't love the idea of using Santa (or an elf) as a behavior modification tool; getting gifts at Christmas isn't about how good you are... In fact, if you want to get technical, I very much want Sam to understand that Jesus came for the exact opposite reason. (#anotherpostforanothertime)
These things are true. I really do think them, and they do contribute to my lack of motivation when it comes to the elf. But, let's be real here, I'm also just a bit lazy.
As I type this, it is 9:30PM on a Sunday and there is spaghetti squash all over my kitchen, my toddler is still awake, and I'm wearing the same clothes I slept in the night before. Do you really think I'm going to go build a fully-functioning airplane to hang from my ceiling fan and "hide" the elf in tonight? Not.a.chance. #aintnobodygottimeforthat
Seriously, how do these other moms do it?
I'm not being judgmental, I'm really not. I enjoy looking at the elf photos in my Instagram feed and am, truly, impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of so many of my peers... I know people have a lot of fun with it, and it seems like kids really love it.... I just get a little tired and anxious thinking about it... Am I the only mom that feels like everyone else is on some miracle-motivation drug that no one has told me about?!?!
I admit, I've got some fears about how this might affect Sam in the future, and I'm making no promises that I won't cave to the societal pressures in the future... But, for now, here he sits... #maybenextyear #butprobablynot
How about you? Do you do the Elf on the Shelf? I'd love to hear your reasons, one way or the other, in the comments.