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Judge Posts Mock Order to Relieve Parents Overwhelmed by 'Elf on the Shelf Tyranny' During Christmastime

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Santa may have fewer eyes in homes this Christmas season after a Georgia judge — jokingly — banned the Elf on the Shelf.

Cobb County Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Leonard posted a mock order on Twitter on Thursday banishing these elves.

“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,” Leonard tweeted.

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According to the holiday tradition, the elves hide in homes for weeks before Christmas and report back to Santa on who has been naughty or nice.

The elf dolls are supposed to move to a different location each night.

“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,” Leonard wrote in his order.

He recalled a “horrific incident” in his own home when “three children were sent to school in tears, with one child being labeled an ‘Elf Murderer’ and accused of making the elf ‘lose his magic.’”

Given the risks of such emotional damage — and supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — the judge wrote that he had no choice but to banish the elves from Cobb County.

He did make an allowance for parents who do not feel overwhelmed by the “Elf on the Shelf tyranny,” writing in his tweet: “If you love your elf, keep your elf. No contempts.”

The fun-loving judge also made it a point to let everyone on Twitter know the company has done great things for the community and he also loves the elf.

“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 tweeted in response to his original order.

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