I don't know about where you live, but out here in the 'burbs this time of year - and by "this time of year" I mean the 2 weeks before Halloween through December 31 - continues to swell with increasing frenzy.
The Pinterest Effect? The decorations inside, the decorations outside. The homemade treats and appliqued matching t's for the scrubbed and perfect children. Orange and black tulle morphs overnight into hay bales and pumpkin vignettes, and then before the turkey carcass is thrown away (or boiled into homemade stock for the Martha Stewart turkey stew), red and green lights are strewn on the shrubs, the house and the 3 perfectly designed Christmas trees.
And the Elf on the DAMN Shelf. What started as a sweet, simple story about an elf who moves around your house during the month of December, is now a one-upmanship free for all of epic proportions. I don't need anything else to clean up, especially the mess made by an imaginary creepy-looking elf on a surveillance mission authorized by St. Nick.
Wasn't one carved pumpkin and store bought candy enough? Wasn't Santa and 1 decorated tree and a stocking for each person enough? How can the ever-increasing fabulousness level be sustained year after year?
I have always subscribed to the "Whatever Works for You" parenting philosophy. If decorating every surface of your house (and car), 6 trees, a mischievous elf, homemade everything, countless gifts wrapped in handprinted paper with coordinating ribbon works for you, rock on. For me, enough IS enough.
Our kids foraged Halloween costumes from the playroom and we passed out Snickers and Twizzlers to trick or treaters from our porch decorated with an UNCARVED pumpkin. As of this writing, not one Christmas decoration has been retrieved from the attic and our Elf on the Shelf hasn't shown up. And I am OK with that.
Another day, another story,