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Which Christmas tradition is worse: Elf on the Shelf or yard inflatables?

The holidays are filled with traditions, but not all of them are loved. "Elf on the Shelf" is a toy based on a 2004 book of the same name, about an elf sent by Santa to monitor kids' behavior for Christmas. Parents are tasked with moving the magical elf nightly–a huge nuisance in the midst of the holidays. Then there are some households who choose to forgo Christmas lights for giant inflatables, making it look like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade threw up in their front yard. Which Christmas tradition should come to an end?

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In the days leading up to Christmas, parents not only have to worry about shopping, decorating and baking, now they have to come up with creative ways to move a creepy elf toy around their house. 

Given that Elf on the Shelf is meant to keep kids in check in the days leading up to Christmas, some parents feel they have no choice but to use it, despite their hatred for the modern tradition. 

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Plenty of toys can be annoying–disruptive at worst–but it's hard to understate the hatred some people have for Elf on the Shelf.

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Some even label the "veiled threat" aspect of Elf on the Shelf (if the elf "sees" the child misbehave, they won't get gifts from Santa), as an "external motivator," which can hurt children in the long run. According to The HuffPost's Alyson Schafer:

External control methods can hurt a child’s self-esteem, lower their motivation, and build barriers in the parent-child relationship.

Instead, why not just teach children to behave year-round? 

Now we need an elf watching to ensure they don’t hit their sister when we leave the room to start supper. We can’t live in a surveillance state to ensure order. It’s unsustainable and oppressive.
Instead, wouldn’t it be great to raise children who don’t hit their sister because they know it’s not the right way to act? YES, it’s possible! Raising children who are intrinsically motivated to be cooperative and well behaved requires an internal control method of parenting.
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Meanwhile, Christmas-themed yard inflatables are causing just as much pain. Some households are opting for inflatable holiday minions, snowmen, and nativity scenes instead of hanging Christmas lights and wreaths. The result is a motley crew of holiday characters who come alive at night, only to be deflated puddles in the morning. 

Forget the "War on Christmas," the holiday world has more important matters to attend to:

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Some cities even joke about an outright ban on the tacky decorations.

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You can buy yard inflatables of nearly everything. From the leg lamp in "A Christmas Story" to Noah's Arc, inflatables rarely make sense. Here's a better alternative for those who can't seem to let their inflatables go:

FINAL RESULTS
Culture
Which Christmas tradition is worse: Elf on the Shelf or yard inflatables?
#EndElfOnTheShelf
A festive crown for the winner
#EndXmasInflatables