So far this year, we don't have any Christmas decorations up, not unless I get to count that pile of knitted stars and stockings waiting on the treadle sewing machine to have their ends woven in. When I do get around to making the house festive, we still won't have an elf.
What we do have is Evil Santa. (He's currently skulking around up in the sewing room, mostly for his own protection because his stitching is starting to look weak.)
I've got to admit that I'm baffled by the whole Elf on the Shelf phenomena. When did this elf thing become a mandatory part of Christmas? How did I manage to remain so totally oblivious until last year? I Googled it and found the Wikiipedia article, which solved that mystery. The elf came out in 2005, the year I spent December in the hospital on bed rest and managed to completely miss Christmas. The elf's debut slid neatly into the gap between my older two and younger two children and our family managed to miss it completely.
Would we have an elf if I'd known about them when the kids were littler? I honestly don't know. When I was a first time mommy, I'm betting I would have jumped on the idea. But these days I'm lazier. Or I'm using up all of my mommy energy on things like possum costumes... Isn't it great how we all have our own ideas about what we're willing to do for our kids?
The idea of hiding Evil Santa around the house is really starting to appeal to me...