November 30th, 2011 by

Foiled Again

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled when I found a brand new “Elf on a Shelf” kit at our local thrift store for $8.00.  Basically, this elf shows up around the holidays and hangs out in various locations in your home.  Each night, the elf races back to the North Pole to report on all things naughty and nice, and each morning he returns to sit in a completely different spot in your home.  The kids are supposed to try to be the first one to spot him in his new locale.

When I was growing up, I remember my mom having several versions of this elf as part of our holiday decor, but back then all the the elves did was literally sit on shelves.  I’m not sure when they became transformed into Christmas tattletales, but I thought it looked like fun, so I bought the kit and explained to the kids that on December 1st our new elf would make his debut.

In the meantime, this arrived in the mail:


These books need to be banned, I tell you!!


It arrived before the boys got home from school, so I paged through the first chapter and was horrified to find that by page 5, “Elf on a Shelf” was being parodied.  In the book, Greg’s mom pulls out “Santa’s Scout” and uses him for essentially the same purposes as “Elf on a Shelf.”  So it’s official – I am now the kind of mom that gets lampooned in bestselling kid-lit by doing dorky things like “Elf on a Shelf.”
If anyone needs me, I’ll be at Kohl’s using my 30% off coupon to buy a Santa vest and high-waisted jeans.

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