By Kristi L.
Thanksgiving is done! Christmas hustle and bustle abounds. Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales, extended shopping hours – never ending online shopping, and Moonlight Madness is well under way! Families are digging out the decorations, choosing trees and planning outdoor light extravaganzas to rival Vegas. They’re hanging stockings and preparing feasts. But, my favorite of all, Elf on the Shelf is back.
He, she, it (just what gender is an elf?) has been a tradition in my family since 1973. My mother used it as a tool to keep me in line. I called him Jasper. The family elf is still around today to keep my daughter in check.
Have you noticed all the supernatural beings associated with the Yule tide season?
Santa, his elves, Krampuses, angels, fairies with sugar plums and all of the others that tradition has associated with the Season to name a few. Possibly even the Tooth Fairy can be included after the ravages of the sugar plums. Some of these folks serve a purpose. Usually they are to urge good behavior like Jasper.
This “new family tradition” became main stream in the last few years. Jasper has buzz – I heard people talking about “elf on the shelf”. My mom and I had a good laugh. She missed the boat on that trade mark and I missed out on an early retirement.
The new shelf elf phenomenon is just as creepy as it was back when. Don’t take my word compare yourself!!!
So with the children are all snug in their beds, dreaming of sugar plums and gifts; Mom and Dad eating Santa’s cookies and drinking eggnog, make sure there is a place beside the toothbrushes for the Shelf Elf. Santa and the Tooth Fairy should get positive feedback!
FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE BEST IN THE NEW YEAR!