Elf on the Shelf

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This is the creepiest thing I have seen this holiday season. A friend of mine was talking about it and I googled it. I thought it looked like a pedophile with the expression it has on its face. You're supposed to move it around your home and it watches the kids and reports back to Santa. I think it is creepy looking and the whole concept takes the naughty/nice thing across the line.

Am I alone in thinking this is weird and creepy and possibly scary to children? It's creepy to me!
My kids love it (they're 6 and 5). They've been asking when Charlie (they named him) is coming back for over a month. We put him out ion December 1st. It's a game. They love running around the house every morning to see where he went and what he got into while they were in bed.
"...just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face." ~Harry Dresden

This is the creepiest thing I have seen this holiday season. A friend of mine was talking about it and I googled it. I thought it looked like a pedophile with the expression it has on its face. You're supposed to move it around your home and it watches the kids and reports back to Santa. I think it is creepy looking and the whole concept takes the naughty/nice thing across the line.

Am I alone in thinking this is weird and creepy and possibly scary to children? It's creepy to me!
Originally Posted by goldencurly
Ha, that's been around for years now! It's definitely getting bigger and bigger. Last year or the year before I was asking people if they'd heard of this crazy new thing my niece and nephews had called "Elf on a Shelf" and everyone basically rolled their eyes at me and said everyone had one, and if I had kids, I'd know about it.

I agree that the guy is creepy, but it's a cute idea. My nice and nephews love him, too. I forget his name, though. Eddie, I think. I don't know if he moves every night for them, or just once in a while.
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I think its cute. We don't have one but the kids know the story and they like it. I want to get one.

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My girls (ages 6 and 5) also love the Elf on the shelf. We didn't get it until a few days before Christmas last year so this year I brought him out early. My kids went berserk when they saw him - jumping up and down, screaming, the whole thing.

Of course the first night I forgot to move the stupid thing, but luckily DH moved it for me. It is a little creepy looking, but the kids don't care.

It's fun - don't overthink it.
If you got nothing to bring to the table - don't even bother sitting down.

Last edited by Jenny C; 11-28-2012 at 01:40 PM.
My mom got a different elf, Christopher Something?, for my daught four or five years ago. He hides and brings candy. No spying. That **** is creepy.
My girls (ages 6 and 5) also love the Elf on the shelf. We didn't get it until a few days before Christmas last year so this year I brought him out early. My kids went berserk when they saw him - jumping up and down, screaming, the whole thing.

Of course the first night I forgot to move the stupid thing, but luckily DH moved it for me. It is a little creepy looking, but the kids don't care.

It's fun - don't overthink it.
Originally Posted by Jenny C
It is creepy looking, in a horror movie, doll comes to life and goes all evil crazy, kind of way to me, but my kids think he's cute. lol
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"...just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face." ~Harry Dresden

I just googled it, he looks like a character in one of those classic Christmas cartoons ( like the one with Heatmeister (sp?). All of those characters are a bit creepy looking!
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Years and years ago, at our first apartment when I got married, somebody left a tied-up plastic grocery bag at the front door.

Inside was a motley assortment of old Christmas decorations......stuff like a tall Christmas candle holder covered in that grainy stuff and looks like a tall glass(anybody remember those?)...... a bunch of little vintage-y leaping Santa ornaments (they were velvet)....and an Elf On The Shelf.

I didn't know what he was; I don't even remember what happened to him. I vaguely remember taking him to work. I heard about Elf On the Shelf somewhere else this week, googled him, and that's how I recognized him.

I like that retro-ish Christmas stuff so I think he's cute.

That bag of stuff appearing on my doorstep was kinda creepy, actually.....

Last edited by sinistral55; 11-28-2012 at 02:52 PM.
I find that little Elf so creepy it's not even funny. I taught my neices and nephews to tell the Elf that "snitches get stiches"
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I love the concept, but it forces me to be on my toes. I forgot to move him the night before last. I set a reminder on my phone. I can't forget to move Murphy, or these kids will figure it out after awhile.
It's a bad feeling when you wake up in a cold sweat at 6.55 am and realize you have five minutes to find a new hiding place for that sucker and you might get caught.
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I think it's a cute idea I can see how kids would have fun with this, its a bit like a game for them.
The elf looks a bit...old fashion but if he scares you why not try the idea out with another elf? Does it have to be exactly that same elf doll because I am sure you may be able to find a cuter one out there, afterall santa has more than one elf.
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I think it's creepy but I also hate the nutcracker decorations. argh those chomping jaws! Those teeth!
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I was born to be a pessimist. My blood type is B Negative.
I tell you that stupid elf is better than any alarm clock.

Usually in the morning my girls like to snuggle with me in my bed and it's impossible to get them to get up and out. Not so with Jingle in the house. Now the minute they wake up they're dying to get up and try to find him.

He's only been here three nights and I forgot to move him two of those nights. Thankfully my husband gets up before the rest of us.

MUST REMEMBER TONIGHT!
If you got nothing to bring to the table - don't even bother sitting down.
I love the concept, but it forces me to be on my toes. I forgot to move him the night before last. I set a reminder on my phone. I can't forget to move Murphy, or these kids will figure it out after awhile.
Originally Posted by medussa
It's a bad feeling when you wake up in a cold sweat at 6.55 am and realize you have five minutes to find a new hiding place for that sucker and you might get caught.
Originally Posted by CGNYC
That's hysterical!

I grew up with an elf on the tree that looked like those, so I bought one many years ago. We don't have the spying concept going on, though. He's just another ornament.
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that sounds fun. I want one.
Originally Posted by murrrcat



I want a murrrtutle in a gurrtutle.
He hides and brings candy.
Originally Posted by CGNYC
Two of my favorite traits in a man - brings candy then stays out the way.
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