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Elf on the Shelf

Your Elf, My Stalker

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

He's a creepy little informant with a creepy little smile that looks like he just peed in someone's Solo cup. This elf's sole job, his raison d'etre, is to report your kids' behavior to Santa. He's like a one-man magical surveillance team.

A Chinese Version Of 'Elf On The Shelf'?

Joan Gage | Posted 03.26.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

This year the Chinese New Year of 4712 -- the year of the wooden horse -- begins on January 31, so you'd better start making sticky rice balls right now, because the day to make sweet offerings and send the kitchen god on his way is -- Friday Jan. 24!

Why I'm OK With My 10-Year-Old Still Believing In Elf On The Shelf

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

Now, she is 10 years old. A fifth grader. None of her friends believe in Santa anymore. My husband and I struggle with how long to keep this up.

Finding Room For Joy When Everything Has Changed

Kathy Glow | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Kathy Glow

Those of us who grieve deeply never get over it. We live our lives with it, we manage it. But during certain times of the year, the management is much harder. And the grief will swallow us if we're not careful.

If These Gingerbread Walls Could Talk

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

The gingerbread house is one of those holiday perfection metrics that goes beyond a fancy wrapping job or killer buffet spread. It feels like an absurd measure of quality that women are seduced into believing is preferable to the gingerbread outhouse alternative: quirky, skewed, imperfect, lacking, unique, and real.

My Elf On The Shelf Has Seasonal Affective Disorder

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

Chippy recognizes the total insanity of making a mess in someone else's house and is smart enough to know, if I was left to clean up after a night of elfish escapades, he could expect to be our dog's new chew toy before I poured my first cup of coffee.

Parents, Do Not Let Your Kids See This

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

Sure, the Elf on the Shelf is a new classic. But why does it have to end so gruesomely? Thanks for ruining the magic of Christmas, Conan....

As Long as Elf on the Shelf Is Here to Stay, I'll Use It to Encourage My Kids to Be Nice

Susannah Lewis | Posted 02.16.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

I long for the days when Santa's helpers were mystical, magical, mysterious and unseen little people and not some overpriced brand. But, the times they are a-changing. If I must participate in this new "tradition," I choose to let the elf serve it's purpose -- to set on a shelf and encourage my children to be "nice."

How The Elf On The Shelf Ruined Our Christmas

Matt Pelc | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Matt Pelc

My wife and I live vicariously through the joy seen through the eyes of our children on Christmas morning.That joy was sapped last Christmas because of a villainous invader whose very presence was meant to enhance that Christmas experience, not destroy it.

Santa Can't Do Everything

Wendy Bradford | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

Children will be disappointed on Christmas, as they are on many days -- despite the magical man, who delights and fixes and cheers all the children of the world, in whom they believe; despite all the people trying hard to make things different.

Your Ex Old Man Lends a Hand: A Christmas Poem for Single Moms

Christina Pesoli | Posted 02.05.2014 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

'Twas the month of December And e'r'where you looked There was stuff to get done-- You were way overbooked. If only you had Someone else who'd pitch...

WATCH: 'Elf On The Shelf' Spills His Secrets

Posted 12.20.2012 | Parents

He's already been blogged about, publicly shamed and subjected to all manner of indignities (if these two little girls are to be believed) -- and now,...

When Mom And Dad Disagree About Santa

Andy Hinds | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Andy Hinds

Between books and movies, video games and social media, I'm anticipating years of helping my kids sort out what's real and what's not. So why would I want to add to the confusion by trying to convince them that once a year, there will actually be an elf creeping around the house?

When Mom And Dad Disagree About Tradition

Andy Hines | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Andy Hines

Between books and movies, video games and social media, I'm anticipating years of helping my kids sort out what's real and what's not. So why would I want to add to the confusion by trying to convince them that once a year, there will actually be an elf creeping around the house?

11 Reasons To Avoid The Party Store

The Huffington Post | Amy Marturana | Posted 12.18.2012 | HuffPost Home

We'd do anything to stay out of that place, honestly.

Parenting Gets Hate Mail From 7-Year-Old Girl

Shawn Bean | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
Shawn Bean

"Dear Parenting magazine, all elves need RESPONSIBLE owners. It sounds like you don't care about your elves at all," writes Hannah.

LOOK: These Elves Should Be Ashamed...

Posted 12.13.2012 | Parents

Shaming the people who live in your house, eat your snacks and make messes (but are ultimately adorable) is officially trendy. Dogs, kids, husbands......

Overachieving Elf On The Shelf Mommies

Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents

At Christmastime, there may be no more divisive element in the parent blogosphere than Elf on the Shelf, the children’s book and keepsake turned hol...

The Elf Went for a Drink

Abbie Rumbach | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Abbie Rumbach

The Elf on the Shelf is one of those genius ideas that makes me want to slap myself for not thinking of it first. Well, this morning, our Elf on the Shelf quit.

Is Santa Just a Big, Fat LIE?

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

Forget visions of sugar plums, Christmas gives me visions of future therapy sessions dancing in my head. Because someday is the not-so-distant future, I'm going to have to admit that Santa is a big, fat lie.

WATCH: 'GMA' Clarifies Controversial Report

Posted 12.03.2012 | Media

"Good Morning America" spent some time clarifying a problematic report on the popular Christmas tale "Elf on the Shelf." During Lara Spencer's seg...

The Elf on the Shelf Scares Me

Leah Singer | Posted 01.26.2013 | Weird News
Leah Singer

From the minute I saw this creature it freaked me out. It's scary, I tell you! The little thing is scary! I felt as if I would awaken in the middle of the night to this little Chucky coming after me.

The 'Elf On The Shelf' Phenomenon

AP | MAE ANDERSON | Posted 02.22.2012 | Books

ATLANTA — There is one hot item this holiday season that won't be resting under the Christmas tree. It will be on a shelf – watching you. ...