Saturday April 19, 2014


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To elf or not to elf

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It is no doubt that Pinterest has affected our culture.

In a world where all information was already all at our fingertips, we now have a place where creative inspiration for nearly every pursuit is all compiled in one place and categorized accordingly. And like anything that influences our culture, strong opinions about it will rise up.

A prime example of this is what has seemingly become a bit of a controversy with the holiday tradition of Elf on the Shelf.

It seems recently that you can’t go far before finding a blog post or Facebook status blasting the tradition, or, on the flip side a list of 25 great ideas for the elf’s Christmas countdown. The hatred of the tradition by some seems to follow expressions of frustration towards “Pinterest Moms” or “unrealistic expectations.”

It is to me, a very sad thing to see this constant “battle” between moms, so I propose we do a little introspection this week.

First of, let us all remember that we are only responsible for ourselves. We are responsible for how we view ourselves, for any expectations that we allow to land on our shoulders, for how we live our day to day lives.

We don’t get to control how others view us, and we don’t get to decide if what somebody else is doing is “over the top,” or creating unrealistic expectations for anyone else.

I pretty much fall into the Pinterest Mom category. I love doing this kind of stuff. It gives me life. If I didn’t want to do it, I wouldn’t. My kitchen is not spotless because I’d rather sew a Santa sack than do the dishes.

That’s okay. If the thought of having to move an elf around every night makes you want to gouge your eyes out – that’s okay. Don’t do it.

My hope is that this season we will all take time to be still and rest in who we are; and that we will shed any external expectations and do with our family that which gives us life, and the things that we can genuinely do out of love.

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