Elf on the Shelf is all the rage. Everyone’s doing it and taking pictures of their Elves and posting on Facebook. Kids are going to school talking about the unexpected places their elf showed up in the night.
There are even blogs dedicated to how toMoreElf on the Shelf is all the rage. Everyone’s doing it and taking pictures of their Elves and posting on Facebook. Kids are going to school talking about the unexpected places their elf showed up in the night. There are even blogs dedicated to how to pull off the best Elf mischief.Author Shanna Goodman was reluctant to get in on this new tradition.
On one hand she marveled at the brilliance of the person who came up with the concept (and the millions of dollars they have undoubtedly made). She was also amused by all of the fun people seemed to be having placing their Elf every night with their kids waking up in the morning, excited to see what that little guy has been up to while they’ve been sleeping.But a little nagging in the back of Shannas mind prevented her from joining in on the fun.The conflict in her was this… if she pushes Santa (or the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy) as real, how can she expect her children to believe or trust her about other thing things?
Last year her daughter (who was three at the time), thought Santa and God were the same being. One night, she even started her prayer to Santa. Virginia, we have a problem.To Elf or Not to Elf explores:- The issue of whether or not parents should encourage magical thinking in the form of Santa and other beings.- The meanings and origins of popular holiday traditions.- A variety of fun and meaningful activities to help keep your family Christ-focused this Christmas season.