Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Elf on the Shelf and His Japanese Grandfather

Yes, I know it has been awhile...

Once little man got mobile, 3 kids became well 3 kids and two really exhausted parents!  A friend back at the beginning of the year had joked how she got pregnant with number 3 after we made it seem so easy with 3 little ones four and under.  That was only because he started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks.  She also brought up how she remembered me saying that 3 was really no more work than 2.  Yeah, well that was before little man got mobile and then things got really interesting around here.  I should probably mention said friend also mentioned she was going to hate me if I had lied.  I hadn't lied when I said but it isn't exactly true now.

For anyone who knows me, they know I enjoy the past and that I was a history teacher in my former life (aka B.K. Before Kids).  That said it seems natural that I should love vintage anything and antiques. 

I have been in love with the Elf on the Shelf since I first heard about it.  In fact, he/she was on my Christmas List this year.

Last year we had a little figurine who was a faux Elf on the Shelf.  Yes, Virginia, I am to cheap to spend $30 for the real Elf on the Shelf unless of course he is a gift and that is a whole other story.  And, no, for those of your who are wondering, he didn't do "cool" things. He basically sat, well, on the shelf.  Occasionally he moved around the room. 

Remember the saying, imitation is the best form of flattery. 

 Photo Credit: Ebay 

Photo Credit: Ebay

Photo Credit: Ebay
All over eBay are these little knee hugger elves that were manufactured in Japan from the 1960s and 1970s.  Look familiar? These little guys have totally ruined my obsession with the Elf on the Shelf doll.  Mind you, I love the story behind it but now I want one of these vintage dolls more than the modern version.  How could I not want the grandfather of the modern Elf on the Shelf?

Now don't go over to eBay and start bidding crazy moms, because you might be bidding against me and that just won't do!