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Elf on the Shelf

How & Why I'm Putting My Own Spin on The Elf on the Shelf

Jennifer S. White | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

My children are innately good. But they test boundaries. A lot. Especially for me, their mom.

8 Simple Steps to Exile the Elf

Shannon Day | Posted 11.22.2015 | Parents
Shannon Day

The next year, it was time to get the half-assed elf party started, so I took Summer out of her box and began to set up a simple scene to greet the kids with in the morning. The series of events that followed wound up being an unintentional 8-step program ending with the exile of the elf from our home. That's right, the kids wanted her to leave and to never come back.

Dear Retailers and Organizations: Stop Throwing Around the Word "Adoption"

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

It's trendy and attention-grabbing to implore people to "adopt" a pet, to "adopt" a highway or a star or a penguin at your local zoo, to "adopt" a new policy, to "adopt" a poverty-stricken family in another country. But frankly, it's rather offensive. Particularly the Elf on the Shelf promotion during the month of November.

Are We Lying to Our Kids, or Keeping the Magic Alive?

Diana Whitney | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

"Made in China?" A. asks dubiously. She fingers a white tag on Shelf Elf's rump. "I thought he was from the North Pole.

How a Santa Statue and a Disney Cartoon Helped Save Christmas

Tabatha Kammann | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Tabatha Kammann

Up until two days ago we kept up the facade that Santa is in fact real, even if we weren't sure what our son thought. I mean, the more we play it up, the more he'll want to believe it too, right?

11 Classic And Modern TV Show Scenes, Starring Elf On The Shelf

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents

For the past six years, craft-enthusiast Eric Erickson has celebrated the holiday season with a themed photo series called "12 Days of Christmas." Whe...

Five Cautionary Tales From Holiday Cartoons

Magnolia Ripkin | Posted 02.19.2015 | Comedy
Magnolia Ripkin

Have you ever thought about what lessons these shows are teaching? They seem heartwarming, but they should really be classified as cautionary tales. Here is what I've learned from watching Christmas specials.

How Santa Claus And I Became Text Buddies

Clint Edwards | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Clint Edwards

My parents used to just tell me that Santa was watching, and I'd look at the celling, and assume there was some ominous eye viewing my behavior. Things are much more tangible now.

'Twas the Default Magic Maker

M. Blazoned | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
M. Blazoned

'Twas the week before Christmas when all through the house, stuff was getting done, but not by a mouse. The stockings were hung, by the chimney with care, they have to be filled, insert a swear word here.

Meet The Mother-Daughter Duo Who Brought Elf On The Shelf To Life In A Big Way

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents

Looking for a creative way to display your Elf on the Shelf? This little girl just blew any of those bright ideas out of the water. Photographer G...

19 Must-See, Culturally-Relevant Elf On The Shelf Scenes

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents

Mom-of-three Michele Bell has captured the Internet's attention with her elaborate Elf on the Shelf setups, which she uses as an opportunity to teach ...

Elf on the... Awww HELL No!!! And Other Holiday Musings

Teri Biebel | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Teri Biebel

I BOUGHT the cards. I ADDRESSED the cards. And there they sit. On my dining room table, alongside 10 lbs. of sugar, 10 lbs. of flour, 7 lbs. of powdered sugar, 7 lbs. of brown sugar and 2 lbs. of baking soda.

Professor Says Elf On The Shelf Is Preparing Your Child To Live In A Dystopian Police State

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.19.2014 | Science

Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance. He used the "panopticon" -- a mo...

5 Reasons You Want a Sober Person at Your Holiday Party

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Just because I'm sober doesn't mean I don't want to come to your party. Maybe I do and maybe I don't, but if we're friends, I'd at least like the invite so I can decide for myself.

How To Avoid Sending The Wrong Message With Elf On The Shelf

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents

The Elf on the Shelf sees you when you're sleeping; he knows when you're awake. And he'll tell Santa if you've been good so that you can be rewarded w...

OMG Enough With The Elf Hate

Heather Spohr | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

For all of the things I love about this time of year, there's one thing I cannot stand: the complaints about Elf on the Shelf.

Elf On The Shelf Is A Thing In My House, Deal With It

Mike Reynolds | Posted 02.07.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

The parent who can come to me and sat they've never offered their child anything as a reward for good behavior can show me their Parent of the Year certificate and I'll kiss it. I'll kiss it in my Santa boxers and my ugly Christmas sweater.

21 Hassle-Free Ideas For Your Elf On The Shelf

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents

Love it or hate it, the Elf on the Shelf is a common fixture in American homes around the holidays. Not only does he remind the kids that Santa's watc...

12 Reasons Why Our Elf Did Not Fly To The North Pole Last Night

Janelle Capra | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Janelle Capra

Elf didn't move? Really, come on. I thought for sure he was over there last night? (Point with true conviction). Are you sure?

Sorry, Kid. Elf On The Shelf Is Not Gonna Happen

Dynamom | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents

I see you, Facebook friends, I see all of you. And I admire you! You are seriously amazing and I can tell it's fun for you and I can practically HEAR your kids giggling every morning. I got nothin' BUT love for you. But I'm not joining you. And that's OK.

#ELFIE (An Elf on the Shelf Inspired Parody of #SELFIE)

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 02.01.2015 | Comedy
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

This music video was created by Huffington Post blogger, television producer and mother Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo. Follow her adventures at Dirty ...

A Better Use Of The Elf On A Shelf

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

Beyond the most obvious reason why I am questioning the wisdom of ever introducing this agent of Satan, I mean Santa, into my house, I can't help but wonder if we are really sending our kids the right message with things like the Elf.

Truth, Lies And The Elf On The Shelf

Erica Ford | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Erica Ford

I looked over at my daughter and wondered where she got her hearty constitution. If someone gave me a doll-man and told me it would watch my every move and then astrally project itself at night, I'd have chronic diarrhea and never sleep again.

My Elf on the Shelf and the Legend of Belsnickel

Sue Kerr | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Elf on the Shelf is creepy. The face, the disproportionate limbs, the mythology dating back to the mid-1990s -- it is all creepy, commercialized and secularized. Obviously, it is destined for greatness.

Why We Finally Gave Up On The Elf On The Shelf

Tabatha Kammann | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Tabatha Kammann

The truth is, my son isn't like other kids, and at the end of the day, I don't want him to be. So rock on, buddy; at least you won't live your life feeling like somebody's watching you, and I won't be scouring the Internet for new ideas.