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Old 11-28-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting the elf on the shelf or the Christopher popinkins for my 4 year old. But the negative reviews on amazon make me wonder if its more trouble than its worth. Is the elf worth the trouble in your home?

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:24 PM   #2
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At first I wanted to but I don't think it would keep my kids interest that long, we decided to do lego advent advent calendars instead
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:29 PM   #3
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I don't know if we will, my dd is 13, she may still enjoy it, especially if he gets into real and somewhat inappropriate troubles. Came across some funny ones this week.

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:36 PM   #4
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This is our first year and my sons (6 & 3) have been having fun finding him in the morning and I overheard my older telling his brother that he better behave because captain Michael ( our elf lol) will tell Santa
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Elf! Last year was our first year and they loved it. They can't wait for "Chauncey" to get here on Saturday. We also do a countdown calendar with pockets. A DS mama made me a custom one last year with bigger pockets because we have 5 kids and the candies would not fit in one from the store.
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This is our first year of doing the elf. We don't use him as a spy for Santa though. We don't threaten the kids with "better behave or santa won't come" so we didn't want the elf to either. Instead, we told the kids that sometimes new Elves are really naughty and Santa sends them to kids houses so they can teach the elf how to behave. The elf still reports to santa every night to share her progress and help make toys. The kids LOVE it so far! Dd jumps out of bed every morning to see where she is and what she's doing.
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My 4-year-old loves Elfie. Can be fun if you get creative with it. This morning, he was found in a casserole dish full of uncooked beans, reading "Black Beauty." I was going for the "bubble bath" effect, but due to my GD, I thought using marshmallows would be too tempting for me.
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We don't do it. I would probably lay in bed stressing about what the little guy was "supposed" to be doing that night. My children are also very young though.
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Two years ago, one of my daycare kids came in all crying and stressed out. (btw, her parents are serious partiers)

Anyway... apparently Derek the elf was up all night with a few dolls, a Barbie and a glass monkey...the kids found them all the next morning passed out around a game of poker with empty Captain Morgan bottles all over the table. The four year old was very worried that Derek was not responsible enough to be sending reports to santa.

So, she and I sent Santa a letter, with an explanation about Derek's behavior. He straightened up right away.

Right before Christmas, they had to pack his bag so he could get back to the North Pole in time, and She cried the whole day...because "Daddy was driving Derek to the Airport!!" She missed him.

It almost made me want to go out and buy one of my own.
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