I’ve been hearing a lot about this Elf on the Shelf thing.
Now you have to remember that my daughters are grown, and I’m thinking that the grandkids might just be too old for something like this, but since I like to be “in the know” on
crap stuff like this, I thought I’d do a little investigating.
So let me get this straight: it’s a little creepy doll that is used by parents at Christmas time to put the fear of god in them to be good or else Santa won’t bring them anything?
Seriously?!? Parents have resorted to using dolls to do that sort of thing now?
Wow, I guess I must be out of touch. Back in the day, all it took was a good threat. And boy, did it work! And. It. Didn’t. Cost. A Dime.
Here’s my suggestion to all those parent’s that choose to resort to this sort of blackmail: If you’re gonna shell out your hard earned dough on a doll to instill fear in your kid to be good, spend your money wisely and have something that will work all year long.
Furbie is all you need. Sure, it costs $50, but that’s only a few more dollars than you shelled out for fairyboy on the shelf. AND, this thing can
terrorize be used all year long!
The best part is you really don’t have to do any training to get it to spontaneously “wake up” in the middle of the night and scare the crap out of your kid*. You can tell them that they must have been bad and if they’re good, it won’t happen again. Hey, it’s no bigger lie than what’s happening with that little doll.
And if you feel that you still have to move him around or hide him like the elf, go ahead and knock yourself out. Just make sure you check your trash often, because you just might discover it “hiding” there often.
*I had one of these things 15 years ago and it did wake my daughter up in the middle of the night. Scared the crap out of her (and it still gives her the heebie jeebies to this day). Suffice it to say, she won’t let me get one for the grandkids. Bummer.