Let's be honest. My life has a enough chaos to it.
The ever popular Elf on the Shelf that seems to have taken over
Christmas traditions well after my childhood came to an end, fills
social media sites, newsfeeds and holiday pictures swarm around that
ever naughty elf. And he's never up to any good. He's a royal pain in
the ass. He's spraying mirrors with bleach, he's picking on the family
dog, he's eaten all your favorite m&m's that you were rationing
until Christmas. I mean really could he be any more of a special needs
Unless he's going to sprout some compassion and real help - not just
reporting back to Santa like the mini stuffed tattle tale that he is, or
helping me get up a thousand times in the night to turn Noah in his
sleep or check on his breathing, or help me spoon feed him during the
day, or play with Luke when Noah needs my undivided attention, calling
SSI to bark up their Christmas tree, or threaten not to send Medicaid a
Christmas card unless they waive the most recent over payment - then he
simply isn't invited and I'm not giving him a key to wreak havoc on our
Facing the facts are important. It's all I can do to put up the
Christmas tree weeks before Thanksgiving because Christmas is a sensory
treat for Noah, think about how I'm going to afford even just one
adapted toy for him which is five times the cost of a toy that we'd
purchase for his little brother at any toy store, and contemplate making
Christmas cookies, sending out Christmas cards, and finding some sort
of inner Fa-la-la-la. The last thing I want to be doing is
coordinating and reprimanding an overly precocious elf. It's just not
on my special needs parenting agenda.
Let's not forget the most important part of Elf on the Shelf. He's creepy. Even dressed up now in the Claus Courture
with Elf Pets makes that elf higher maintenance than my child with
special needs. My child would take one look at him and guaranteed it
would give him a sensory gag reflex.
Hats off to the parents that find him fun, weird and entertaining.
But this special needs parent is going to stick to the old school way
and just let Santa handle the naughty and nice list without his little
mischievous Elf on the Shelf.
Noah's Miracle by Stacy Warden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.