Elf on the Shelf: An EPIC BATTLE between Jingles and Coco!

I have written before that I was not a huge fan of the Elf on the Shelf concept, but I have to admit that I am now a convert.

My Godmother sent our kids an Elf on the Shelf for Christmas this year and told us to open it early. The kids have loved it and wake each morning wanting to search him out. Even the 2-year-old remembers. (I’m still not for the Elf messing up my house and me having to clean it.) Plus, even my Scrooge McDuck husband has gotten the spirit and enjoys finding creative places for our Elf to be found.

But even more than our own personal fun with the Elf, I have been immensely enjoying my friends Sue and Pete Fritt’s elves! (Sue was in my original playgroup that I met through Piedmont Hospital. She now lives in Newnan with her husband and two kids.)

Each night this week, Sue’s Facebook friends have been treated to an EPIC BATTLE between Coco and Jingles. (Sue’s husband Pete is the mastermind behind the elf retaliation.)

Jingles is only allowed to visit their house a week before Christmas because he creates so much havoc (and because Sue and Pete run out of ideas of bad things for Jingles to do.) At first I thought Jingles was a bad elf but after re-reading Sue’s note and thinking about the photos I think Coco may actually be the bad elf. See what you think.

Here’s what’s happened so far in the Elf on the Shelf Battle Royale according to Sue’s Facebook postings and photos:

Tied up Jingles compressed

(Photos by Sue Fritts)

“We think there may be a battle between our two elves. Found one this morning tied up with red licorice, laying on top of Santas on the mantel!”


Jailed Coco compressed

“Tomorrow a.m. the kids will find Jingles the elf has captured Coco the elf in a pixie stick ‘jail’!”

(They were afraid the Pixie Stick jail would collapse before the kids woke up but I believe it survived a night of Coco trying to escape.)

Gumdrops Jingles compressed

“. . . and the elf retaliation continues . . . . . .”

Late last night Sue sent me the update on their battle. She wrote: “Seems the elves had a truce tonight.  No one torturing each other.  But Jingles was hanging upside down from the ceiling fan.”

Upsidedown Jingles compressed

I’m not convinced that wasn’t torture. I think Coco looks awfully guilty up on that tree. Look at that smile.

Guilty coco compressed

What are you doing with your Elf on the Shelf? Are you being as creative as Sue and Pete? Are you still anti-Elf on the Shelf? Are you a recent convert like me?

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I hope the kids have fun and the parents don’t work too hard! Merry Christmas everyone and hey don’t forget to fan me on Facebook! Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AJC-Momania/210922088338

62 comments Add your comment

inowsick

December 24th, 2009
10:24 am

I now a dumber person for having read this.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 24th, 2009
10:25 am

you are a more clever fun person for having read this!!! this is fun!! have fun!!! it’s Christmas!!

Rod

December 24th, 2009
10:36 am

We actually bought the Elf on the Shelf about 3 years ago and my wife and I enjoyed it by ourselves for the first couple of years. Now our son (2 1/2) is experiencing it for the first time.

It’s been great. Every morning he searches the living room & kitchen to find where the elf (Jack) has returned to (my wife and I take turns helping Jack move each night). And this has really helped our son’s behavior. When he’s doing something bad, we tell him that we’ll have to report this to Jack. When we go to Jack, our son hangs his head down as he tells Jack what he did wrong.

We don’t spank, so we have to use other things for discipline and the elf really helps out! Our son really doesn’t want Jack to know that he’s doing anything bad.

Trust me, Jack will NEVER make a mess in the house or cause mayhem. He’s just spying for Santa and will leave it at that.

justnotinteresting

December 24th, 2009
10:43 am

This really gets to the heart of Christmas. I am glad to see that people really get the point. Epic battles between elves? Just plain odd…

Rod

December 24th, 2009
10:46 am

justnotinteresting – you don’t think family bonding and seeing joy in children are important parts of Christmas?

C'mon, Rod...

December 24th, 2009
10:51 am

…grow a pair!!!!

Rod

December 24th, 2009
10:54 am

Seriously – C’mon, Rod… – if you think being a Christian and enjoying your family means you don’t “have a pair,” then you can continue with your miserable, unfulfilling life and I’ll continue to enjoy mine and thank God every day for it.

Merry Christmas.

justnotinteresting

December 24th, 2009
10:58 am

I think teaching kids about what Christmas really is about is might be a little more important that elves torturing each other. Like I said…the true spirit of Christmas…

Call it like it is.

December 24th, 2009
11:05 am

This is just plain fun, we have had our elf for 4 years now, and my 6 year old daughter loves it. Every morning she gets up and searches for him. I even caught her last night putting a letter to Santa by him to fly it up to the North Pole. Great blog and anybody who finds fault in this fun holiday treat is just a loser. Maybe you should spike up your egg nog and chill……………

Becky

December 24th, 2009
11:08 am

Day before Christmas and people are still being ugly..I think either one is a very cute thing..We don’t actually have this, we have the little ceramic boxes that open and Santa sneaks in during the night to leave candy if they have been good the day before..

Hope everyone has a very MERRY CHRISTMAS..

justnotinteresting

December 24th, 2009
11:10 am

Callitlikeitis seems to have the spirit, too! You know, we HAVE an Elf on the Shelf. He makes messes around the house and leaves notes for the girls…including a report to Santa that he forgot to send out one night. The difference is that we aren’t having our elf run around battling another…finding humour and pleasure in torture and other garbage the like. Call it funny if you like; call it family bonding if you like. The fact is that the way these blogged-over elves are not teaching anything worth a cent and certainly are missing the point of Christmas.

justnotinteresting

December 24th, 2009
11:14 am

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Wow, Rod...

December 24th, 2009
11:20 am

…is that your version of growing a pair – by belittling someone in a “christian” manner, and on Christmas Eve, too, and then wishing them a Merry Christmas? This attitude seems to be just what a lot of people dislike about psuedo-Christians.

I believe the grow a pair comment suggested that since this is a mom’s blog that you “grow a pair” and refrain from commenting like a “girlie-girl”!

So, yeah, grow a pair!

MomsRule

December 24th, 2009
11:20 am

I enjoyed the creativity shown by your friends Theresa! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Tiger needs me on his PR team

December 24th, 2009
11:27 am

let’s face it folks..I’m as cynical and sarcastic as anyone here and I think this could be a funny thing, especially with kids involved. I don’t really like Disney World, Nemo on Ice, or animated films, but watching my kid enjoy those things gives me a refreshing point of view on them. These shelf elves would certainly give him a good laugh, which would give me a good laugh.

Of course, I’d also have a second set of shelf elves to hide around the bedroom in various sexual positions for my wife to find and re-create!!

Merry Christmas everyone…try not to strangle your crazy relatives with your bare hands!

Becky

December 24th, 2009
11:50 am

@Tiger, Merry Christmas to you also..I won’t have to worry about strangling my relatives, they are going to drink theirselves to death..

DB

December 24th, 2009
12:11 pm

I think my major dislike of the “Elf on the Shelf” phenomenon was the fact that I knew the woman who first started selling those elves here in Atlanta a while back – she had a few hundred “elves” left over from some gig at the Mart, and had to figure out a way to get rid of ‘em, and then then started pushing them to friends and schoolmates as “must have” items based on the Shelf lore. “Her” elves (not cheap!) brought gifts — which, to me, was outrageously greedy, as the young kids always exchanged excited information on what “their” elf had brought the night before. As if Christmas wasn’t material enough! I was so put off that I pretty much ignored the whole “Elf” thing thereafter, even though my daughter wanted one (I told her the elves were FAR too busy helping Santa Claus at this time of year, and to expect them to also entertain her during the night when they needed their rest was inconsiderate!) If I had thought of the tricks, etc., I might have unbended a bit — but I’m not that creative :-) I don’t begrudge anyone else their enjoyment of the Elf, but we didn’t embrace it, either.

inowgo

December 24th, 2009
12:45 pm

I now a convert? proof much?

Jim

December 24th, 2009
12:53 pm

ELF B & D….I LOVE IT!

penguinmom

December 24th, 2009
12:55 pm

We don’t do have an Elf. I never could understand the ‘mess up your house’ concept since we are in a constant battle to keep our house reasonable, don’t need to add additional mess on top of it.

I have to admit, confessing bad things to the Elf makes me a bit uncomfortable. I don’t really even do the ‘good list/bad list’ with my kids. I want God to be the arbiter of good and bad not Santa and his elves. I think if you can’t make your kids mind without resorting to threats from the guy in red it’s kinda sad.

Erica

December 24th, 2009
1:05 pm

People really need to lighten up. It’s a fun thing that small children enjoy and parents love to see their children happy. It’s not anti-Christian or taking the meaning out of Christmas – what’s the difference b/w having a pretend Elf and a pretend Santa? We go to mass every week and our child knows the true meaning of Christmas. We have our elf, Donald, and our son loves it. He has never been a bad elf, just leaves at night and reappears the next day, elsewhere. We now have a daughter, so maybe an elf will appear for her and we can start getting creative and have a good elf and a bad elf. Thanks for the post and great ideas. Your friend is very creative – tied up with licorice is hilarious.

Chris Broe

December 24th, 2009
1:51 pm

The photos are shocking! Those elves on shelves are totally out of control. Someone should teach those elf-mutants the true meaning of Christmas. They act like they think it’s about some sort of Yuletide Jihad. I don’t know if a hose-down would stop them, or maybe send in a surge of angels, but something has to be done. No doubt.

Merry Christmas!

New Stepmom

December 24th, 2009
2:06 pm

Looks like fun to me! I am looking forward to giving my nephew an Elf next year and having one for our little ones in the years to come! I agree with Theresa, our Elf will not be making messes that I have to clean up though ;o)!

Donna P.

December 24th, 2009
2:15 pm

nurse&mother

December 24th, 2009
3:15 pm

Never heard anything about it until this year. It has been fun so far. The elf wrapped presents, played candyland with another ornament elf (he even had the audacity to use the 3yo’s favorite man and land on his favorite spot-Queen Frostine). Fred played the “captain” on the little guy’s favorite tub toy. Last night, Fred got out the snow village. Ours is not as mischievous as others.

FCM

December 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

The year our elf came to us he ran all over the house and made minor messes. It had been a tough Christmas. Not much under the tree. I had been laid off (and thankfully just found work) and so the frivolity of the elf was a nice distraction to us. The messes of the children (who at 4 & 7 were taking great delight in rearranging the decorations, the stockings, the unlit candles and everything else that I had put out) were by far worse. Plus the baking and sort forth. Well I was up late (1AM) Christmas Eve Eve putting the house together so when family and friends came the next day it would look nice–not to mention clean.

Then on Christmas Eve Eve (12/23) the decide that he would sit at the top of the tree. I guess he figured that he would be out of reach so the children would wait for me as the did when he had decided to sit on the coat rack, or the key hook. He carefully “pushed” the angel back so she “rested” on the boughs in back. Then he hugged the top of the tree.

My youngest got up (6 AM) and saw him at top this 7 ft artificial monster. She came to wake me. I said, I will be right there. About that time I hear a very loud crash in the front room.

Apparently my eldest had decided to get the elf down. She was quite offended that the elf had the audacity to unseat an Angel. The elf may as well have desecrated the Nativity in her eyes.

The whole tree had come down –she was unhurt–with bulbs and keepsake ornaments broken all over the floor. I grabbed the tree and pulled it back up only to have it fall again (and hit me) as the balance was off and the limbs came unhinged — probably about the time I did.

Now let me first state that I had 4 trees up that year (this year just 1, last year 7). I had told the children repeatedly to leave this tree alone as it had the “breakables” on it. It was also the tree that we had left room under so Santa could fit toys under it. That year, like all years but this one, I had decorated every room in the house. Let me also remind you that we had company coming.

Well that was it. I told them to play in their room. I pulled all the boxes that pertained to lights, bulb, or tree out of the closet. The only way I could I had that tree back in the closet by 8:30 AM. I admit that part of it was my anger, part of it was my being tired and part of it was that really was the best way to get the mess up and keep that dang tree from falling on someone.

I was mad at ME. I was mad at the elf concept. I was mad at ME. I was mad at children who could not wait two minutes for me to get out of the bed. I was mad at ME. I was mad that I felt pressured to have Martha Stewart Christmas (yes that was the year I decided I wanted to have relaxed Christmases from now on). I was mad at ME.

When it was cleaned up — and I was much more in control and for the record I did not yell or hit or in other ways express anger during ANY of this after the first “OH $HIT” as I ran from my bed room –the girls came out to see that only that tree was gone. All of the other items, snowglobes, other trees, stockings, Nativity, Santa village, train, flowers etc were still up. They came over and hugged me and I hugged them. I told them I was sorry but the tree had to go away now and that l loved them.

My eldest explained how she thought the angel was hurt. I went and got the angel out and showed her she was fine. I told them that I thought the elf was going to need a time out and put him in Santa’s village. We agreed he looked happier in the snow.

I looked at the 4.5 foot tree in the dining room. The “grown up” tree that just had lights, garland and of course an Angel on it. There was no “space” under that tree since it was sitting on the boxes that housed it through the rest of the year. I told the girls that we better leave a note for Santa telling him what happened and to see if he could please use the Dining Tree instead this year. Of course Santa did.

At the time it seemed so horrible that the tree broke. I felt like the worst Mom ever to take that tree down — I would have put it back up but after cleaning the mess and getting glass out of the carpet I plain did not have the energy! I later learned several Moms of small children have done the same, including my ex-husbands Aunt. Maintaining a tree everyone is He%% bent to take apart (and the kids were taking the ornaments down daily) can be hard.

Today that is a Christmas memory we laugh about! The elf was in the box with the artificial trees the day after Thanksgiving which immediately had us talking about the year the tree fell! The 7.5 foot tree has a permanent lean. In fact, it is the 1 tree we put up this year. While we decorate the children remind our elf not to bother the trees and that he cannot “date” the angels. My eldest (10) is convinced now that the elf has a crush on angels!

The children still set out crackers etc, but once he is found (nowhere near a tree) each morning I am asked to put him in the Village. Funny enough he enjoys sitting by the Toy Shop the best. He is a very well behaved elf these days and we are glad to have him.

anonymous coward

December 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

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Fred

December 24th, 2009
4:27 pm

It saddens me that some folks are so filled with hatred, bitterness, bile, or whatever, that they see something horrible in a little bit of elf play. It is almost amazing that a harmless bit of light humor involving Christmas elves could bring out such rudeness and hostility from some. I would almost tell you to go to hell, but it is obvious that you are already imprisoned in a self created hell. I pity you, i really do.

TWG: Hilarious pictures and kudo’s to your friends for their creativity.

FCM: nice story.

My initial re-action when my daughter came home from school with the “elf story” was not only no but HELL NO………. but she seemed so excited at the prospect of an elf coming to visit her I went out and got one. It has been so much fun. “Whitney” doesn’t always make messes and we, I mean SHE forgot to bring presents this year, but my daughter has still enjoyed her. She gets up every morning to go find her. She cried last year when it was time for her to leave and held her all night until it was time to go to bed. It was really sweet.

This year she came home from school talking about a Christmas reindeer. I put my foot down on that one lol. I told her she had enough problems cleaning up all of Whitney’s messes and the re was no way she was going to want to clean up a bunch of reindeer poop every morning too. “I’ll teach her to go in the toilet daddy.” No dice sweetheart. good try though. She is at “that age.” This may be her last year of true elf belief, but the elf will still come out and i imagine will still be fun.

Be Nice

December 24th, 2009
4:44 pm

I have a 7 year old and this is the first year I’m hearing about the Elf on the Shelf. I think it’s just another money-making scheme by the upscale toy shops, but if the kids enjoy it, then go for it. I couldn’t deal with the “messing up the house” part, but if my son were younger, it would be cute to hide it and have him find it every morning. But honestly, I’m glad he’s a bit old for that. He still believes in Santa, though, which is fine by me!

MomsRule

December 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

Wonderful story FCM!

Fred

December 24th, 2009
5:01 pm

If he believes in Santa Be Nice, he would have believed in the elf. As far as the “messes” are concerned? Come on, do you think anyone here is tearing up the whole house every night? Glob some tooth paste on the bathtop, write “I love you” in shaving cream on the mirror, leave a little mound of toilet paper (I suggest UN-used) in the hallway floor. you know LITTLE stuff, slightly mischievous stuff, and then be all stern about “THAT ELF and it’s messes.”

But next year is probably too late. Oh well. It’s fun, but not the end of the world if he “missed out” on it lol.

Merry Christmas.

nurse&mother

December 24th, 2009
5:07 pm

Good story, FCM. I’m glad you can look back and laugh now. I would have been crying at the time, though. Merry Christmas to all my blog friends/family!!

Chris Broe

December 24th, 2009
6:46 pm

Santa is well under way now and has completed his rounds in Canada. Early reports are that all the Canadian Children got sticks and stones. And those were the good children. Something’s wrong with Santa this year. You dont think those elves on shelves made their way north…….OMG!

deidre_NC

December 24th, 2009
7:04 pm

i hope everyone here has a wonderful happy christmas!!

1sus

December 24th, 2009
7:26 pm

We’re the family whose elves are pictured. Yes, we do understand and teach our kids about the true meaning of Christmas, but we like to have a little fun as well. I have to admit my friends are I were pretty sick of the whole “elf phenomenon” this year, but we finally got on board when we started having more fun with it. We would chide each other when our “lazy elf” would forget to move one night, etc. I even have a friend who e-mailed about their “tipsy tooth fairy” who was too loud and woke up their child one night while trying to retrieve the tooth from the child’s pilllow. All in good fun between lovely, caring families. Merry Christmas to all!

FCM

December 24th, 2009
7:55 pm

Merry Christmas! God bless us everyone!

And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight Merry Christmas to all & to all a good night!

Allie

December 24th, 2009
9:27 pm

Any words of widsom for an overly weepy person, who packed up and moved to a new town for a job committment that fell through. I’m stuck here with an apartment lease I can’t afford to break, in a town where I know absolutely nobody, with no extra cash to go visit family since I took the min wage job to keep me going while trying to find a job in my field. I tried to sign up to volunteer somewhere tomorrow, but they had no available slots – I never thought volunteers would be turned away but it actually happened.

I just need some advice/cheery words so I can get through a phone call with just one family member without breaking down and upsetting everyone!

Rod

December 24th, 2009
9:41 pm

@penguinmom (12:55pm) – mighty judgmental and rude, aren’t you?

I’ll raise my child the way I want and letting him know that Santa finds out if he acts up is one way I choose (as do millions others).

So, I actually think you and your attitude are the “kinda sad” one.

BlondeHoney

December 24th, 2009
9:55 pm

Hi Allie I moved to Atlanta all by myself with no family or friends 4 1/2 years ago; I felt VERY much alone far apart from my two sons. Now i have my next door family who have taken me in likeone of their own and I don’t feel so alone anymore. It will be ok, I promise you…Merry Christmas :)

Allie

December 24th, 2009
10:23 pm

Thanks BlondeHoney! Oh how I miss Atlanta, the places, the people. I hope ye all have a very merry Christmas. Remember to count your blessings, however few they may be – I, at least, have a roof over my head and a paycheck coming in, others aren’t so lucky and I need to remember that myself when I get to feeling down. 2010 can only be an improvement on 2009 – here’s to bigger and better things for all of us!

FCM

December 24th, 2009
11:14 pm

“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child” (Erma Bombeck)

“I wish adults could remember what it is like to be a kid” (the side of my Starbucks cup)

Allie, the blog regulars, Theresa and family and others….I pray that when you awake tomorrow you have the heart of a child at Christmas.

Holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray…..

nurse&mother

December 24th, 2009
11:36 pm

It’s nice to know that there are some truly lovely people out there who are not afraid to live their life to the fullest. Do your best in everything that you do. Have a zest for life. Be thankful for ALL your blessings as there are lots of people who have it worse off than you. Enjoy your family because they may be here today and gone tomorrow. Don’t take your life and happiness for granted.

@Allie- I wish you a peaceful and joyful holiday. Just remember that you are loved by someone miles away ;-) Merry Christmas!

@1sus- you sound like you guys have the same kind of fun that my husband and I do with our children. It’s nice to know that others have a zest for life (and a sense of humor). Thanks for sharing!

DB

December 25th, 2009
12:12 am

Allie, I swear, if I knew who you were, you’d be at my dinner table tomorrow afternoon. (((Hugs))) to you, welcome to Atlanta, and here’s fingers crossed that 2010 isn’t quite so tumultuous for you! (BTW, I have a feeling I may have met you at a job interview, or at least someone in your same predicament — there was a gal who interviewed at a company I was helping out at early last month who commented that she had moved down here to take a new job, only to find that the job disappeared just as she moved down.)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Fred

December 25th, 2009
1:07 am

Well Allie, crazy as it sounds………. find a Waffle House and go have some steak and eggs. For that small amount of time you’ll feel like you were back here in Atlanta. :)

Allie

December 25th, 2009
8:59 am

@ Fred – that’s a fabulous idea! I’m getting ready to go to church and right after I’m gonna head for a Waffle House. Thank you so much!

And thanks to everyone for their good wishes; the mood has lifted but the phone call home is going to be the true test.

nurse&mother

December 25th, 2009
9:42 am

Once again, Merry Christmas! Our elf, Fred (no relation to Fred from the blog), went back to the North Pole with Santa. But only after he tried to wrap two ornaments for the kids with toilet paper. See you next year, Fred! Ok, back to staring at the wrapping paper and toy mess covering the living room.

nurse&mother

December 25th, 2009
9:45 am

Hey Fred, funny as it may sound, my mother and I have made it a tradition since I was a teenager (and my older sister was in college, father had passed away years before)to either go to a Waffle House or a Chinease restaurant for dinner. Now that I have my own family, I still find myself yearning to go out on Christmas night. Yes, I know this sounds absolutely crazy.

removed it

December 25th, 2009
10:25 am

I am headed out to a friend’s then off to my folks. I am taking friends with me. The girls called from their Dad. Santa had been there! They wanted to know if Santa had been here. I let them know that Fizz was still sitting at his post at the Toy Store. Fizz and I had indeed spoken over my coffee this morning. Fizz is only good at yes and no questions since all he can do is move his head. Fizz did not want to leave without a proper see next year from the kids. Santa apparently had been to the house and understood the situation. That Santa is a kindhearted person I tell you. He will not hitch up the whole team — it would draw to much attention to him –but he is going to return the night the kids get home and pick up Fizz, he will leave their gifts under the tree at that time. I sure hope Santa gets a break on the luggage fee from Delta.

DB you prove again what an open heart you have.

Fred you’re right Waffle House would be PERFECT to feel back home They even serve real sweet tea in locations outside of the South.

n&m enjoy the mess. All too soon everyone is grown and it is a neat/clean Christmas ask my Mom. They are not even excha

catlady

December 25th, 2009
10:27 am

I got some pet rocks I will sell you–cheap!

catlady

December 25th, 2009
10:54 am

Allie–I am by myself today, too. The children are all celebrating in other cities with their inlaws. I celebrated with 2 of them (and families) yesterday and should see the other tomorrow (if NC doesn’t get too much ice). It’s a quiet day. I am doing whatever I feel like, and fixing a pork loin roast to take to a friend who has been alone on Christmas for 2 years now, and is sick to boot. I am also spending some extra time reading and brushing the dog.

A suggestion for you if it isn’t too late: go visit someone in the nursing home. Get some powder or slippers or something very cheap and wrap it up and then show up and ask if you can visit with someone who does not have much company. It can really make a difference for someone, and for you, too.

One final suggestion in your new town: visit a church or two. It might help you feel better, give you an outlet for your talents, and make some new friends.