Fifteen Images that Prove Elf on the Shelf is Actually Pretty Creepy

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Like a lot of things that succeed in America, Elf on the Shelf has made it’s way to the UK a few years late. A ‘tradition’ (and we’ll use the term loosely, because it’s only been around for ten years) in home with kids across the US, the elf character was conceived in 2004. It harks back to the age-old threat that we all grew up with, the fear of Father Christmas’ omnipresence and ability to see our most naughty childhood moments.

Apparently the idea is that the elf, with a felt body and grinning plastic face, is sent from the North Pole to watch over a child. When the adopt and name it, it gains magical powers to travel between their home and the North Pole every night. As a result, it should appear in new poses, situations or locations around the house throughout December. Now this might sound nauseatingly sickening for the average adult, and for the horror fan it probably sounds a little creepy, right. Come on kids, incite the doll that moves of it’s own free will  into your house! That always ends well…

It might sound silly, but somehow, with annual sales of $10 million, this unwavering smiling, unnerving face is spreading. Kate Tuttle pointed out the flaw in the logic with this product; “By far the worst thing about the Elf, though, is its message, its story, its raison d’etre: to spy on kids. “I watch and report on all that you do!” he warns in the book, later adding that “the word will get out if you broke a rule.” The Elf solicits the child’s Christmas wishes—for gifts, not for peace on earth or a cure for cancer—and tells them to Santa. Then, after a month of observing the child’s behavior from his hiding place, the Elf tells Santa whether she’s on the Nice list, or the Naughty one.”

A Professor from The Ontario Institute of Technology went further, saying ““If you grow up thinking it’s cool for the elves to watch me and report back to Santa, well, then it’s cool for the NSA to watch me and report back to the government”

Thankfully a few parents are not jumping on the bandwagon of baking sugar cookies and leaving elf gifts. They’re getting creative with the doll, creating some adult-only photographic scenarios. So we present to you, fifteen images that prove how creepy this ‘tradition’ is!

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