If you’ve got kids, you’ve likely been suckered into the tradition of an Elf on the Shelf at one point or another. It’s a way to make sure that kids behave themselves so that they stay on the nice list for Santa.
Essentially, the elf is moved every day. It’s so that kids think that the elf has been monitoring their behavior. And of course, they report to the head elf in the North Pole. And naughty kids might get warnings while nice kids will get little rewards on the daily throughout Christmas.
Well, the liberals are disgusted with this practice. If you want to be part of the “woke” culture, you might as well pack up your Elf on the Shelf for good. Tell your kids that the elf will no longer be visiting because he’s wanted on important business in the North Pole.
Wait, but what’s wrong with the Elf on the Shelf? Besides the fact that parents find the whole thing about coming up with new hiding spots and treats daily to be annoying and often forget, apparently, it’s also about normalizing surveillance.
You didn’t think that the cries for defunding the police would stop with adults, did you? The liberals are coming for a fun Christmas tradition – and trying to drag kids into it with the lie that it’s for “their” protection. Really, the liberals are just looking out for your youngins. You should be thanking them. Or, you can figure out what this is all about…
The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to cancel this tradition that is celebrated by millions. The claim is that it makes children accustomed to being monitored. It’s a passive way to let children feel that it’s okay to be monitored by an “unseen authority figure.”
Oh, and let’s not forget how it can also encourage lying. While many parents would agree that it’s all in the fun of Christmas magic, psychologists have decided that it encourages parents to lie to their children about how the elf reports back to Santa each day. It can lead to children developing trust issues and also cause them to be more gullible.
Albert Fox Cahn of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project told the New York Times, “I don’t want to sound like a Grinch, but we shouldn’t be celebrating seasonal surveillance.”
Well, it looks like they may want to get rid of virtually every Christmas movie featuring Santa, too. After all, he sees you when you’re sleeping, and he knows when you’re awake.
Cahn goes on to say that no one should be peeking into a bedroom without consent and that he doesn’t want to be the one to take Santa to court for an “invasion of privacy, but consent matters, and having privacy matters.”
Wow, so now four- and five-year-olds should have privacy? Are they old enough to consent? We’re talking about making sure that kids believe in the magic of Christmas for a few years. That’s hardly an invasion of privacy – and it most certainly doesn’t normalize the idea of being under surveillance.
No kid who grew up with an Elf on a Shelf is going to think that it’s okay to undergo constant surveillance. As soon as they realize that Santa isn’t real, the Christmas magic wears off, their childhood innocence (not gullibility) disappears, and they enter the real world.
Liberals have decided that they have to suck the joy out of everything and, as a result, they’re forcing kids to grow up too fast. We can’t steal the magic of Christmas away, too, so go ahead and keep that Elf on the Shelf if you want to. Your kids will grow up just fine…