I am glad that there was no Elf on the Shelf when my kids were young. Here’s a link to today’s story in the Erie Times-News. My youngest, Ryan, had a fear of elves without any watchful doll to provoke him. As a youngster, he would hold his hands over his ears when certain Christmas music played. “Elves!” he would whisper in wide-eyed horror and shake his head.
I am guessing something at preschool or kindergarten started his distaste for elves. Imagine what he’d have done if we had partaken in the Elf on the Shelf tradition.
And his brother and sister would have found a way to make it a good game. They were a formidable force as youngsters. They advised Ryan to tell me he believed in Santa even if he didn’t because he’d get more presents. Where did that come from?
When Ryan wavered over his belief in Santa, I often advised that there is a little Santa in all of us. He never questioned that. And I thought it was much more endearing than any elfen tales.
Ryan sneered at gnomes too. I liked the Nickelodeon series “David the Gnome.” Tom Bosley voiced the character of David, a friendly forest doctor, and Christopher Plummer – Captain Von Trapp of “Sound of Music” fame — narrated. Ryan wanted nothing to do with it.
“Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”
I still believe there is a little Santa in all of us. With or without the help of an elf.