Hi. My name is Meg. I’m mom to my curious little girl, Holden, and my handsome little man, Gatsby (I was an English major).

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Hello Belsnickel, Goodbye Elf on the Shelf

Hello Belsnickel, Goodbye Elf on the Shelf

Last year, my partner introduced the kids and me to the character of Belsnickel, Santa's grouchy "cousin." Legend has it: Shortly before Christmas, a dirty, disheveled, cranky man wearing furs would arrive at your house. He held a hickory switch in one hand and a sack full of candy and nuts in the other.

He would call the children forward and asked them to recite a poem, a Bible verse or math equations. He'd warn them to behave. Then he'd toss the goodies on the floor -- and if the greedy kids dove for the candy, he'd hit them on the back with the switch. 

Belsnickel (also Belschnickel, Belznickle, Belznickel, Pelznikel, Pelznickel) is a crotchety, fur-clad Christmas gift-bringer figure in the folklore of the Palatinate region of southwestern Germany along the Rhine, the Saarland, and the Odenwald area of Baden-Württemberg. The figure is also preserved in Pennsylvania Dutch communities. ~ Wikipedia

Basically, the whole thing was to scare kids into behaving... for Santa. Not unlike a certain other Christmas character who sits on a shelf.

Unsurprisingly, Holden LOVES Belsnickel... so much in fact that she asked for a Belsnickel doll this year.

So I'm doing her one better: I'm replacing our Elf on the Shelf with Belsnickel. I despise the Elf on the Shelf. I have written about how terrible I am at participating in the Elf on the Shelf Christmas bullshit. I think a dirty, fur-wearing, crotchety old man is a much better ploy for getting my kids to behave during the holidays. And I don't have to put him in any ridiculous positions.

Belsnickel Doll for Christmas @ohbotherblog

I bought this awesome Nordic Gnome from DaVinci Doll Designs on etsy and I'll glue a little stick into his hand. And that, my friends, is my Elf on the Shelf replacement, Belsnickel.

I also bought this awesome Belsnickel card from Famous Last Cards on etsy that I'm going to frame as part of my holiday decor:

Belsnickel Card @ohbotherblog

That's your boy, Dwight Schrute, who also happens to love Belsnickel:

Happy Holidays! Hope you're kids are more admirable than impish!

Happy Ohbotherdays 2016

Happy Ohbotherdays 2016

a magical freaking december

a magical freaking december