I came across the The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole Pixie-Elf on Amazon today and after the wonderful reviews I’ve seen, I’m considering purchasing it for our boys ages 4 and 2. It sounds like a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
Year after year, children and adults alike are baffled by the mystery of how Santa really knows who’s been naughty or nice. After much urging by the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa has allowed his biggest secret to be revealed in The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition . Touted as “The best thing since The Night Before Christmas” this gift set includes a light skin, blue eyed North Pole pixie-elf, hardbound children’s book and keepsake box. Children can register their elf online and receive a special response from Santa.
Some of the rave reviews from Amazon:
After hearing from friends and reading reviews how great this was, we bit the bullet and got it. I cannot say enough about how cute this was for our two boys (age 6 and 3). They bolted downstairs every morning to find the elf, and the oldest cried when he touched it accidentally because he thought it would lose its magic. The story and elf was the sweetest thing. Note, however, that parents have to remember to move the elf around every night, or come up with creative excuses for why the elf decided to come back from the North Pole into the same spot! :-).
Wanted a fair skin, blue eyed elf for my blonde, blue eyed grandchildren which is hard to find. This elf is perfect and very well constructed. The book that accompanies it is educational and adds the sense of reality for the non-believer! Pricing for the elf is the best I found in my 2 years of searching for it. My daughter puts it up the day after Thanksgiving and moves it every day. The children look for it first thing every morning and it adds to a positive and joyful discipline experience. They “know” they are being watched by Santa’s elf and never know where the elf will show up. It is absolutely a family tradition that maintains a child’s heart. I hope they never lose it.
But then I came across this review and I started to think twice…
I received this book as a gift and am sad to say how creepy this book/toy is. The elf itself looks like something out of a horror movie…and I’m supposed to let it hang out in my house?! The book has beautiful illustrations, but the story is something else. This elf is supposed to spy on your kids no matter where they are, noting whether they have been good or bad, and report back to Santa. I believe that this is infringing on their rights to be kids. So what if they’re bad once in a while…they’re kids! Kids make mistakes and PARENTS should be the ones to teach them this, NOT some little toy! I’m all for traditions like Santa, but can do without the elf on the shelf.