Mum goes all out for her Elf on the Shelf's arrival with 900 balloons – but others fume she's giving them a bad name | The Sun

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner.

And while everyone's looking forward to over-indulging in festive feasts, opening presents and being with loved ones, most are less excited that December means the Elf on the Shelf is set to make his big entrance.

Sara Oestreich's Elf arrived the day after Thanksgiving, and she took to TikTok to share a video of the setup she'd arranged for the occasion.

"Night 1," she wrote over the video, which showed her living room absolutely covered in red, white and green balloons.

"900 Balloons, 2 Elves, & 1 paper airplane," she captioned the clip.

"Night 1 is a go!"

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But other parents in the comments section were quick to accuse Sara of giving them a bad name with her elaborate display.

"We are different kinds of parents," one wrote.

"You are a way cooler parent than I can ever imagine being," another added.

"Small piece of advice- Don’t set the bar too high if you plan to do the elf every year," someone else advised.

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"Night one setting the bar high, so they show up in a car on the 24th?!" another questioned.

To which Sara replied: "Ha! Night 1 is our biggest night for sure."

Sara also revealed in response to another comment that it took her 3-and-a-half hours to blow all the balloons up, and another hour to complete the setup.

As for cleaning things up?

"The kids and I ended up doing it. It took about 2 hours over 2 days," she wrote.

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