So its that time of year again, the time of year where your Facebook feed and Pinterest page gets cluttered with elves doing all kinds of naughty things. Pooping chocolate kisses onto cookies. Hot tub parties with Barbie. Rearranging furniture. You name it, that darn elf has done it. But what do I think about it? In all honesty, I love our Elf on the Shelf. I will state: I am not Anti-Elf :) But what I don't love is people turning it into this big ordeal, almost a contest it seems. Its an, "Who can come up with the craziest crap for their elf to do?" contest. And I'm definitely not the winner. And I'm not trying to be. Cuz you know what? Our elf hides every night in different places. Thats it. Isn't that what the initial purpose was? Wasn't it just a hide and seek game for the kids? For us, its just a little bit of magic for their December mornings. Sometimes hes sitting on top of the refrigerator. Or on a bookshelf(I know, crazy, huh?! I kill myself with how creative I am!) And we love creating this simple magic. SIMPLE. Thats me. I've seen posts about how parents dread getting the elf out this season and hope their kids have forgotten about him. Or how its just one more thing to do. I say just stop doing it all crazy-like then! Don't start something you don't want to continue. Forever. Kids don't forget! I set my kids expectations low. Hahaha. And keep them low. Thats the secret y'all ;) You can have stupid fun with your kids and not kill yourself over it. If you enjoy looking on Pinterest and creating all kinds of elf madness, then more power to you. I do not judge you. Go. To. Town. Some people just love that kind of stuff. But if you hate it, dumb it down already. Enjoy the season! If thats not how you want to spend your time, then simply DON'T. Just stop the elf insanity. And for all you elf haters. Hate on. Some of us aren't competing with each other. Some of us just enjoy it. Some of us just love the look on our kids faces when they find their Elf each morning. Its just another tradition that can really be a blast.