(Closed) Elf on the Shelf?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

We do not do the whole Santa “thing”, so I would be annoyed that my children are being put in that situation.  There is also the issue of children of other faiths.  I know my Jewish friends would not appreciate it either.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it might lead the non-Santa believing children to feel a little left out and/or confused. I’m assuming you are planning on doing the normal Elf on the Shelf routine?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Personally I would not bring it into the classroom for all of the reasons listed above. PLUS you could actually get some angry parents. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I plan on doing elf on the shelf with my Dirty Delete – she’s on 18 months so she wouldn’t know what the heck he was yet – but i definitely wouldn’t want it in her classroom. I think it’s more of an at home tradition. Not all families do it too so some kids would be confused that other kids have one and they don’t.

Also I have several teacher friends and they can barely mention Christmas because they may be leaving out Jewish children etc, etc. I’m surprised so many teachers have them.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I know a public school teacher who is teaching her class about Hanukkah. I don’t think it’s a big deal to teach about holidays in schools as long as you acknowledge multiple faiths.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Regina Phalange:  I agree!

I think they should all be taught. I just know of some teachers that don’t/ can’t decorate with specific things ie Santas, trees, etc because some kids would be left out.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

They are doing it in my son’s 1st grade classroom and he loves it. I honestly dont know if all parents feel the same way though and had not even thought about it until this post. But if it is ok with your school, I dont see why not. I bought one for him today because he has been talking about it nonstop and asking if we could get one. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@bbsoon2be:  I think the tricky part is that it’s one thing to do a little blurp on each major winter holiday, but doing the shelf on the elf bit is generally part of the daily routine. Which still favors a particular tradition unless there a daily thing involving a lot of different holidays. And that seems like a lot of time to be sucked up. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Can you give the Elf a menora or have him playing with a dradle? Or other holiday things?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Natalieh86:  agreed, totally tricky if you’re trying to play it PC – which schools in my area require.

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