The Christmas Chuckie: Elf on the Shelf

5 December, 2008 | Posted by Marvyn

Have you been naughty or nice this year? If you’ve been listening too much to the little red guy on your shoulder, then you better hope that the elf wasn’t watching you.

“Who?”, you ask.

On the radio this morning a local talk show mentioned this stuffed elf doll conveniently named Elf on the Shelf. The idea, in all it’s simplicity is to leave the elf…on the shelf.

“Why?”, you ask.

To scare of course! Tell your child the elf reports directly to Santa. So if he sees you doing anything bad, Santa will know. That means no more red tricycle, no more Barbie doll, no more Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time. All because the elf Judased you. Simple right? Is this an innovative idea? Or just the start of your kid’s psychotherapy?

You can further increase its effectiveness by taking the elf away at night. Why? Because he’s gone to the North pole to talk to Santa. That’s realism 101.

no more Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time

All in all, It sound like a good idea to me, but I’m not sure the execution is spot on. I think the doll is not the correct elf to use. I have a feeling it has those types of eyes that no matter where you stand, it always seems to be looking at you. I don’t want to checking on my boy at night and he’s in the corner of the room rocking back and forth.

  • Mel says:

    I have to agree that the stuffed elf wasn’t thought through. My 14 year old heard me talking about Santa sending an elf this year and exclaimed.. “Have you seen those things??!! They are creepy, no way do I want the thing in the house!” I have to agree, I know the face is loosely based on the ol’ cupie dolls but it does seem a little eerie. Santa still sent his elf this year, but since I’m crafty our elf is much cuter and friendlier looking*wink*. It is a fun new tradition tho. We are going to sneak an elf to Grandma’s and my sister’s to see how long it takes them to discover their little visitor. Merry Christmas

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