Will This Disturbing Illinois Elf on the Shelf Trend Return This Year?
Do you ever wonder if these elves on shelves popping up around our homes really do have a way to communicate with each other? What would they say about this?
If you spend any time around children at Christmas time you've no doubt crossed paths with the Elf on the Shelf.
The Origin of Elf On the Shelf
Do you know the story of how these, creepy to some, little helpers of the big guy at the North Pole came to be?
This little elf is much more than just a Christmas toy. It all began with a book written by Carol Aebersold. The story depicts these elves as Santa's eyes and ears around the globe, informing him on which of his lists each child belongs. The book comes with an elf figurine.
The Nice List or The Naughty List
The book was (is) a bit of a guide for helping parents. According to the book, they report back to Santa on how the child (or children) they're 'living' with have been behaving, what a great incentive to help parents get their kids to make good choices throughout the month of December.
Here Comes the Disturbing Elf on the Shelf Trend
The enhance the magic of Santa and all things Christmas, the elf is moved each night into a new location to surprise the kids each morning. Some of these overnight moves can get pretty creative. Creative to the point of making some parents feel like they have no creativity at all.
My wife and I have often felt inferior to other parents regarding where the Elf on the Shelf moves to each day. There are hundreds of websites and social media posts to grab a new idea, but have you seen this latest trend?
I don't know whether to laugh or not. If for nothing else, you're about to get a new elf movement idea.
The Shelf on the Elf
Read that closely.
SHELF on the ELF.
Just kidding, that's not the shelf I'm talking about.
Son: "There's a shelf on the elf!"
Dad: Don't you mean elf on the shelf?
Son: "No! There's LITERALLY a shelf on our elf"
This next elf looks like it was up to something with the Wicked Witch of the East from Wizard of Oz.
When I first saw these, I thought this was how the 'elf' shenanigans ended in these homes. What a tragedy to have befallen Santa's little helper.
This next post from Instagram shows just how the Elf on the Shelf revolution begins... it begins with an uprising just like this.