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Elf on the Shelf's War on Christmas

Several times over the past couple weeks I've heard people refer to "Elf on the Shelf," the theologically obscenity that doesn't seem to be going away.  So I want to repeat something, with modifications, that I wrote about a year ago, which is that besides being psychologically creepy ("taking in all the daily activities around the house," we're told, "the elf makes his daily report to Santa,") (YOU. ARE. BEING. WATCHED.), "elf-on-the-shelf" is about as bad a theology around Christmastime as you can get.  If there is one thing Christmas is NOT about, it's NOT about who is on who's "nice" or "naughty" list. People talk about "a war on Christmas."  Well, there is one. Except it's not the the perceived hostility to the celebration of Christmas that some hyper-ventilating news commentators and others get all worked up about - the way Christians are supposedly being persecuted becau