In the letter, Santa explains his reasons for the abrupt retirement, yet one can't help but note the thinly-veiled admission that this whole thing is dumb.
When your mommy and daddy were little, they didn’t have scout elves like George Elf. A few years ago, I had a great idea and wanted to try using scout elves to help me decide who is on the Nice List and who is on the Naughty List each year…some scout elves LOVE their jobs and want to keep flying back and forth each night. But just like people, each elf is different. George Elf wanted more than anything to be played with like a real toy.
AKA George hated his job.
In a statement to Babble, Heins explained, “It was important to us that we didn’t ruin the magic for our kids, and we especially didn’t want to ruin it for other families that really enjoy the elf."
“But we knew that if we wanted the Christmas season to be about joy and peace, then we needed to get the elf ordeal off of our plates.”
At the end of her letter, Heins left her children with a poignant reminder of what Christmas is supposed to be about:
Please use this Advent season to prepare for the celebration of Jesus being born and always, always treat others the way Jesus would want you to treat them. That’s what Christmas is all about!
At least someone gets it.
People have some STRONG opinions about the Elf on a Shelf trend.
This woman is just relieved she doesn’t have to deal with it at all.
There's also this mom who is straight up NOT HERE for an dry Christmas.
Listen, we don’t blame her. That elf better be a master cocktail mixologist or we’re not coming.
Lastly, we have this little gem.
This lady’s elf needs that college money, baby.
No matter what your Elf style is, we wish you the best this holiday season!