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If you are a parent getting ready for Christmas, you already realize just how stressful it can be. You need to make one list after another so you don’t skip any part of the process.

This is especially true when you have young children. It is their job to sit back and enjoy the magic of Christmas and it is your job to make the magic happen. Then again, if you miss part of the magic, you will be told about it quickly.

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One of the traditions that are a part of many families is Elf on the Shelf. It is one of those things that we do every Christmas and we probably have a lot of happy memories about hiding that little elf from our children.

Then again, we might have nightmares about the stress of having to remember to move the elf every night. We may even have forgotten and ended up “ruining” Christmas for our children in the process.

Photo: flickr/Mark Baylor

That isn’t even to mention that the elf is just a little creepy. Yeah, I said it…

If you are stressing over all that you have to do this Christmas, you will appreciate what a judge in Georgia has done. He has given a gift to parents this year by officially banning the Elf on a Shelf. Exhausted parents everywhere are cheering.

Photo: flickr/Mark Baylor

Judge Robert D. Leonard II went on Twitter to break the news. He said: “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.”

He also left the door open for parents who loved the tradition, saying there would be “no contempts” if you decided to keep your elf.

He mentioned how, at times, the Elf may not move overnight and it could cause our children of “tender years” some extreme emotional distress.

It seems as if this was something that happened in his home. His kids ended up going off to school with one being called an “Elf murderer” and being the one that made the elf lose his magic.

Of course, this is just an order for Cobb County Georgia but I’m sure it will be just fine if you wanted to use it as a law in your own home, even if you lived far away.

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