Isabelle Thought She Ruined Christmas
7-year-old Isabelle LaPeruta thought she had accidentally ruined Christmas. How does one do that other than following in the footsteps of the Grinch? Apparently you can quash the whole shebang just by touching a wooden doll (not just ANY wooden doll, the household police state also known as The Elf on the Shelf.)
We think this is a totally appropriate reaction…
The Elf On Isabelle’s Shelf
In case you haven’t been on the internet lately, or don’t know any parents, The Elf on the Shelf is many mommies’ and daddies’ latest tactic to keep their children well-behaved during the holidays.
In theory, the Elf is watching over your kids to make sure they’re good little boys or girls and reports back to Santa – the psychological equivalent of installing imaginary surveillance cameras all over your home. Sounds STRESSFUL for a child, right? But that’s not all…
‘Ancient’ Elf Lore
While I’ve seen plenty of photos of the creepy doll watching over my friend’s families, I had no idea how strict the rules were for the Elf. For example: if you touch the Elf, it suffers from complex health issues and your child potentially ruins Christmas altogether.
“Touch one before the magic day, and the magic of Christmas goes away!”
Here’s what the official product lore says: “Christmas magic is very fragile, and if a scout elf is touched it may lose its magic. If your scout elf has been touched, please sprinkle a little cinnamon beside him or her before you go to bed; cinnamon is like vitamins for scout elves, and it helps them get back to the North Pole. Once they arrive, the North Pole E.R. doctors will check them out.” E.R. doctors! Holy moly!
So why didn’t Isabelle just break out the cinnamon?