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Hilarious judge throws tired parents a bone, bans quiet ‘tyranny’ of Elf on the Shelf for Christmas

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Parents may have one less thing to worry about this Christmas thanks to a Georgia judge who has banned the Elf on the Shelf– in jest– ahead of the holiday season.

Cobb County Circuit Judge Robert D. Leonard II provided parents an out if they are sick of the Elf, a rather involved Christmas decoration that they are required to secretly move throughout the home on a daily basis so that Santa’s helper can get a bird’s eye view on who has been naughty and who has been nice.

“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,” the judge wrote in a tweet.

Leonard called the move his “gift to parents” this Christmas.

“The Court finds ‘The Elf on the Shelf’ hereinafter ‘Elves’ represent a distraction to school students and a risk to the emotional health and well being of Cobb’s young children,” Leonard penned in the pretend order, “Inexplicably, Elves sometimes move and don’t move overnight. When these Elves do not move, it leaves our children of tender years in states of extreme emotional distress.”

According to the legend, if a child touches the elf, the magic of Christmas disappears– leading to chaos amongst children and a big headache for parents of more curious, mischievous children.

Judge Leonard had his own, unfortunate Elvin experience last year, prompting the creation of his order.

“The undersigned recalls a horrific incident in his own home when three children were sent to school in tears, with one child being labeled as an ‘Elf Murderer’ and accused of making the elf ‘lose his magic.’ The Court has no doubt that day of education was lost to everyone,” the judge wrote.

“Given the risks posed to our most vulnerable children outlined above, coupled with COVID and supply chain issues, the Court has no choice but to BANISH all Elves on the Shelves from Cobb County,” the order concluded.

The Elf on the Shelf phenomena began in 2005 when a Georgia mother-daughter team, Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, began selling the book that details the Elf’s mission to stay in the homes of children from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, monitoring their behavior before returning to its’ North Pole home.

The book included an accompanying doll, and the rest is history.

“P.S. – If you love your elf, keep your elf. No contempt,” the judge added, harboring no hard feelings.

“I love the elf, and our local company that has so generously supported so many local charities and done amazing things in our community,” Leonard wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Some parents and teachers online longed for a judge to do the same thing in their locale so they could worry less about Elven mischief this Christmas.

Those in Cobb County, however, have Judge Leonard to thank (or blame) for his public service contribution this holiday season.

And while some social media users didn’t grasp the judge’s tongue-in-cheek ban, others called out those who just did not share his sense of humor.


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