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"Elf on the Shelf" is HORRIBLE Theology

(I'm re-posting something I wrote last year about "Elf on the Shelf," the theological obscenity that doesn't seem to be going away.) Here's what I want to repeat: 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 an idea, about as horrible 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 because people say "happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christ