Bathroom shenanigans, kitchen messes, and even a frozen guy/gal in red. These are just some of the “creative” photos I can predict seeing when those dreaded Elf on the Shelf parents try to outdo each other on social media.
I am an older mom (50 years old) — even have three grandchildren – so I am one of the lucky moms. Because Elf on the Shelf wasn’t a big “thing” when my youngest kids were little.
The near-cult Christmas tradition has only been around since 2005.
My youngest kids were born in 2003 and 2005. Our oldest daughters were born in 1992 and 1993 – they lived with us when the youngest were born and toddlers.
Maybe it was because it was too new. Maybe it was because I didn’t want to change our family traditions. The two older girls were 13 & 12 years old when the Elf came out. So they helped us decide to keep traditions the same for all of our kids.
And let me tell you — I am sooo glad we decided NOT to jump on the Elf-pinterest bandwagon.
While I enjoy the pictures online of the goofy elf-antics – it would’ve definitely been way too much work for me (especially since I was a middle school math teacher at the time).
Now, before you come at me in the comments, I am not attacking those of you who are diehard Elf of the Shelf moms. I am just saying that I am very happy in the fact that I never had to deal with the stress of moving the toy around the house every night for a month, posting it on social media and keeping up with pinterest to outdo other Elf parents.
So excuse me while I drink my Pumpkin Spice Latte and cruise social media to see all of your fun creative “Scout & Spinkles” photos.