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Old 11-29-2012, 08:00 PM   #21
 
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I have seen some really cute things for this guy to be getting up to! Love this idea I must remember it if/when I have kids.
My two faves were him sitting on the bathroom sink "fishing" for goldfish crackers, and him having made a snow angel in a pile of flour.
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Our elf toilet papered the living room tonight. I wouldn't do this crap but she really does get excited when the elf does something crazy and how many years of that kind of thing do I really have left? One of these years she's going to wake up on the day after thanksgiving to find the elf has drawn mustaches on our pictures and instead of squeals and giggles, I'll get an eye roll.
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Our elf toilet papered the living room tonight. I wouldn't do this crap but she really does get excited when the elf does something crazy and how many years of that kind of thing do I really have left? One of these years she's going to wake up on the day after thanksgiving to find the elf has drawn mustaches on our pictures and instead of squeals and giggles, I'll get an eye roll.
This is how I feel about it too. My son will be 7 in February. I don't have that much more time before the excitement and joy turns to cynicism. I'm taking advantage of it as long as possible.
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Our elf toilet papered the living room tonight. I wouldn't do this crap but she really does get excited when the elf does something crazy and how many years of that kind of thing do I really have left? One of these years she's going to wake up on the day after thanksgiving to find the elf has drawn mustaches on our pictures and instead of squeals and giggles, I'll get an eye roll.
I think your elf sounds like fun!!! I agree with you -- take advantage of these years when she's young; they go too fast.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:09 PM   #25
 
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I had just posted on my Facebook about Elf on a Shelf a few days ago. I find the concept cute, i wish they were around when my boys were little! i can just imagine all the fun i would of had our elf do!

I had posted on my Facebook how I was able to have a reminder for my boys not to be naughty when they were little despite not having an elf. See, My husband works at the coal docks and back then he was the scope operator, (his job was actually loading the coal into the boats) I told our boys that Santa's Naughty list was posting up daily at the docks so they would know how much coal Santa would be needing Christmas eve. I had explained that if your naughty, your name can get off the list if you show you were sorry and started being super good your name would just vanish off the list. Some days I I would tell them dad saw their name on the list and they redirected themselves to being good real quick. They are older now ( 19, 18, 16, and 15) and to this day they get a kick out of me telling them Christmas morning they are so lucky that their daddy took their name off that coal list
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:19 PM   #26
 
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GC, I was totally with you on the creep factor until I came across this a few minutes ago. There are so many darn fun things here that I might get myself an Elf on the shelf!

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:22 PM   #27
 
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We ordered a Christopher Pop-in-Kins We read reviews and chose him over the traditional Elf on the Shelf. We told my son that Santa is sending him down and we'll start soon
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We ordered a Christopher Pop-in-Kins We read reviews and chose him over the traditional Elf on the Shelf. We told my son that Santa is sending him down and we'll start soon
Oh hes much cuter looking too! He dont look creepy at all.

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I can also say that Christopher holds up really well. We have been bending and posing him for several years now and I keep thinking something is going to snap but do far, so good.
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I can also say that Christopher holds up really well. We have been bending and posing him for several years now and I keep thinking something is going to snap but do far, so good.
The reviews all say he bends better than the Elf. The Elf is more "floppy". I read that story is different too and not so much about spying on the children for the naughty/nice list. My husband wanted Christopher based on looks alone I didn't even need to argue a case

I'm happy to hear he holds up well. I can't wait for our elf to come get into some mischief though I know it will definitely feel more like a chore some nights!
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The story is basically that Christopher is an elf who wants to see kids enjoy Christmas, because he's only been on the prep end of things so every year he gets to go watch the lead up to Christmas and see their joy. That's it. No spying. Well, sort of spying but not in the creepy way. Well, ok, all spying is creepy but this is less creepy.
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I thought he was placed around the house to spy and report bad behavior to Santa. If he's there to prank kids, I think that's different and kind of fun.
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I thought he was placed around the house to spy and report bad behavior to Santa. If he's there to prank kids, I think that's different and kind of fun.
It isn't just reporting bad behavior/good behavior. He's supposed to be a liaison between the kids and Santa. My kids tell him what they want for Christmas, what they think Santa should bring me and my husband, and ask him to bring messages to Santa, the other elves, and the reindeer (and now to the tooth fairy, the easter bunny, the sandman, and Jack Frost, since seeing Rise of the Guardians lol). It's really cute.

The Naughty and Nice lists are also part of Santa, and kids know it. The kids love the elf--they're thrilled while he's here and sad to see him go on Christmas Eve. In their worldview, he's part if the magic of the season. That a small part of his function is to help Santa with his Naughty and Nice lists isn't any different to them (or us) than Mommy and Daddy serving the same purpose. I think some people may be over thinking the whole thing.
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I was thinking it all along!
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:05 PM   #36
 
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So how is it that he leaves? Ha! What do you tell the kids?
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We don't stress the naughty or nice bit of Santa. It's one of those "empty threat" things I try to avoid.
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He is identical to two Christmas ornaments I have. My mom bought them in the 60's and they were always on our family Christmas tree. I could not part with them, so I still have them. One is wearing red and the other is in green. I will have to pull them out and entertain myself by moving them around and pretending to be surprised.
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Welcome to the jungle!!

Elf on the Shelf-imageuploadedbycurltalk1354498703.004361.jpg

The fun has already begun.

If i remember correctly the one in red has dark hair, or had. I can't find him, yet. Poor things. They are both worn out. The pointy hats are not so pointy anymore.
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