Fayophobia

5 Dec
Elf on a Shelf by Angie Friedel
Elf on a Shelf, a photo by Angie Friedel on Flickr.

The Elf on a Shelf: a brilliant invention by a mother and daughter who appreciate the value of scaring the living daylight out of their kids for entertainment purposes. I found this link online today – people posting fabulously creative images of their Elves on Shelves. Mine, unfortunately, haunts my daughter like the clown from Poltergeist. She has asked to put him back in the basement, but I refuse. I spent $29.99 on that little sprite and he’s being put to good use this year. So he usually sits in the Christmas tree where he has the whole first floor in sight, watching her every move. But her fear had me wondering, could I be creating a new form of coulrophobia? (That is a fancy term for fear of clowns, for all you normal people.) This prompted me to look up the word for “fear of elves.” Yep, there is a word for it: fayophobia. Don’t act like you knew.

So in addition to a college fund, I’ll start setting money aside for therapy. For the month of December, however, I’m appreciating the fact that I can use this little guy to get her to do as she’s told, stay un-naked for most of the day, and wipe her own butt. Merry Christmas! (He’s watching you….)

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