A Georgia judge is hoping to make the holiday season a little easier for some parents by banning Elf on the Shelf.
The Christmas tradition, which originated from a 2005 children's book entitled "The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition," centers around a Scout Elf sent from the North Pole, that when present, encourages kids to be on their best behavior to stay on Santa's Nice List.
After seeing a conversation on social media about Elf on the Shelf, Judge Robert D. Leonard II decided to take matters into his own hands.
"My family loves all of our Elves and it is a fun family tradition. However, it is a nightly commitment and if you miss a night, you have some explaining to do," Judge Leonard said.
The chief judge of the Superior Court of Cobb County drafted an order which banishes all Elves on Shelves from Cobb County.
"I decided that for those people that needed to retire their Elf or put it out later in the year, I could take the heat for them with a mock order," Leonard added.
I am going to be honest, this is a much more benign action to help parents than I originally thought when I saw the headline. You see there are a lot of people on the internet that believe that "Elf on the Shelf" is actually a way to condition children into accepting a police state. It wouldn't surprise me if a county thought that the elf is involved in some government surveillance. Look I know it sounds far-fetched but this is something embraced by both the far left and far right so it's funny.
The whole concept is ridiculous, but this judge just wants to give parents a break if they don't want to gaslight their small children every morning. Just remember parents, Elf on a Shelf might turn into "Fash on the Dash" as the cool kids put it. The idea of Santa Clause being all-seeing and monitoring children's behavior isn't at all new, this judge just wants to prevent the absolute ridiculousness of keeping up with moving the elf. Turns out it's been translating into mass hysteria in the children's schools as they describe stories like:
"Three children were sent to school in tears, with one child being labeled an ‘Elf Murderer’ and accused of making the elf ‘lose his magic.’ The Court has no doubt the day of education was lost to everyone," the judge recalled.
Yeah, let's just avoid the Elf entirely it's gotten to be way more trouble than good. The Elf is innocent but Alexa on the other hand…