With the holiday season on the horizon, parents are already dreading the drudgery of the Elf on the Shelf tradition. But now they have an out, given to them by a judge in Georgia. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard shared the order he signed BANNING the tradition. Sure, it’s not technically a real court order, but it’s good enough to trick little kids (about as much as a movable elf did).
Tired of living in Elf on the Shelf tyranny? Not looking forward to the Elf forgetting to move and causing your kids emotional distress? I am a public servant and will take the heat for you. My gift to tired parents.
P.S. – If you love your elf, keep your elf. No contempts. pic.twitter.com/JcqAOljbAS
— Judge Rob Leonard (@JudgeLeonard) November 4, 2021
The order is pretty funny, actually. It details the emotional health risks for young children, as he personally recounts a time the elf did not move. It left his three children in tears, with one being called “an elf murderer.” The court has “no doubt that day of education was lost to everyone,” he wrote.
The order ends with a nod to COVID and supply chain issues as well, before banishing all elves on shelves.
Thanks to one enterprising judge, parents can sleep soundly, instead of waking up in a panic, trying to remember if they moved that dang elf. Sure, firing a shot like that across the magic of the North Pole will probably put him squarely on the Naughty List, but parents everywhere will remember him as a hero.