Posted by loswhit in Authenticity,Family

elf

It started as innocent as any Christmas tradition.
But somehow Heather and I figured out a way to scare the hell out of our kids.
That cute/creepy bug eyed elf at the top of this post…
It’s his fault.
And mine.
Let me explain.

Heather had been telling me about this Christmas tradition that our friends Stephanie and Mark are doing.
Basically, an elf comes from the North Pole and your kids tell it what they want for Christmas and he also keeps track of Santa’s “Naughty and Nice” list.
CUTE!!!
I love it. I’m sold. Let’s buy that junk.
So it’s about 7 pm and Heather has the brilliant idea of knocking on the front door and leaving the elf there with the book about him as she is sprinting back around the house.
KOCKKNOCKKNOCKKNOCK.
“What was that?” the 5 year old says.
“I don’t know? Go check the door.” I reply.
Nope. She can see through the window on the door that no one is out there and she’s not about to open it.
So the 7 year old offers…
Door opens…
This dude is sitting in front of it.

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When I tried to look into his eyes and he never looked back I even got a bit creeped out.
I turned to the 5 year old…
Petrified.
I could see her mind spinning…
“What the #@$! That scary bug eyed elf just knocked on my door!!! I’m out…”
So I read her expression and tried to lighten the mood.
“Look!!! It’s an elf from the North Pole!!! Maybe Santa sent him!”
The 3 year old walks out the front door to pick him up.
“NNNNNOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He Will Lose His Magic Powers!!!!!” The 5 year old screams.
Huh?
“No he won’t baby. Who told you that?”, I said as I picked him up.
She was not having any of this.
A stuffed elf who magically appears and knocks on the door harder than her daddy was not welcome in her home.

We tried. Nothing. She was not having it. She was scared of it. And I don’t blame her. Just look at it.
“Is that a fiction elf?” she asked.
Heather is now giving me the “Be Careful How You Answer This” look.
“Um. Well. Baby. Don’t worry. Sure. It may be a fiction elf. But we won’t know until we read the book”, I said.
I opened the book and started reading.
She kept freaking out that we had touched the elf and he’s probably lost his magic power.
To the point of tears.
I said that was nonsense. Nothing we can do can take the elf’s power away. So I thought I’d show her.

It all happened so fast. I don’t even remember why I did it.
But for some reason I quickly grabbed the elf and slammed his head 3 times on the table.
“See baby? He’s just fine.” I smiled.
Her eyes were as wide as the Atlantic.
Heather’s eyes were as well.
Bad move.
Move on quickly…

As I continued reading the story explained how this elf, whom we are supposed to name, will fly to the North Pole every night and tell Santa what’s up with the Whittaker kids.
Then he will fly back every morning and the kids were supposed to find him.

Then I turned the page and my mouth dropped…
“Do not touch me or I might lose my powers and not be able to fly to the North Pole and tell Santa all the nice things you are doing!”

Crap.

“SEEEEEEEEEEEE! I told you!!! DADDY!!!!!!! WAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Now we won’t get anything for Christmas from Santa!!! WAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”
The 5 year old was hysterical.
Not only is she freaked out at the walking and knocking and flying elf in her house, I also all but killed it in front of her.
Then I saw the last page.
It was my safety net.
It was a certificate with a place to write the elf’s name, our family name and the date.

“Baby! It’s not official until we sign this…THEN you can’t touch him!”
She wanted to know if I was sure, I promised I was.
She wanted to know what happened if a friend touched the elf, I said it only counted if one of our kids touched it.
She wanted to know how the elf was going to get out of the house that night, I said maybe up the chimney.
I think she basically wanted to know if she would wake up that night and see that creepy elf staring her in the face.

They reluctantly went upstairs after I placed the elf on the shelf above the fireplace.
A few minutes later I took it down, hid it, opened the door, and went upstairs.
“Who left the door open?” I said.
The kids ran down and the elf was gone.
“The elf is gone!!!”, the girls yelled
“See kids. He didn’t lose his powers! He’s on his way back to the North Pole to tell Santa how amazing The Whittaker Family is!!!” I triumphantly exclaimed.

“But daddy, you almost killed him. I don’t think he will think that is amazing”

Where did that parenting manual go?
Los

  • http://twitter.com/bransn Branson

    We just started doing Elf on the Shelf this year. I have to agree with you, he is creepy looking. Fortunately, we read the manual/book before handling the goods. Our elf has not died yet. But just imagine waking up with that thing staring at you. Scary.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      Yea. He scares the hell out of me.

    • Sierra

      I agree the evil elf on the shelf is creepy….so when my kids wanted one i decided to look around for a cuter kind of elf. I found a perfect cute little elf…i think the brand is called “annalee” and instead of having my kids read the book…i just decided to tell them about the elf instead.

    • http://samanthadidonato samantha

      he isnt creepy

  • http://itswami.blogspot.com Dean Cooper

    That is an awesome story … about fell out of my chair. Cherish these days with them man – they go fast.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      They are flying by already.

  • http://theasaff.blogspot.com/ the asaff

    that is one of the funniest things i have read in a while!

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      Me too!

  • Molly Moore

    We have several friends that do that elf on a shelf thing too. So are y’all gonna do the “gift a day” thing? I know families that don’t just sit him on a shelf… every morning he turns up in a different place in the house with a GIFT… everyday!! Too much pressure for me… and $$.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      No way. We got that thing for like a dollar. lol

  • http://www.bluejeanphotographyonline.com Ronni

    ONLY YOU!!! HAHAAHAHA!! Oh man… what next? A pickle in the tree?

    • Molly Moore

      We do the pickle! :-)

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      We thought about the pickle

      • http://www.bluejeanphotographyonline.com Ronni

        I think it would have been safer… LOL!

        • Sarah

          Funny story about the pickle. One Christmas I brought one home, it came in a nice little box with a little story about how it was an Old German tradition. I proudly put him on the family tree exclaiming to my mostly German family what luck i had in finding this….they had never heard of a German pickle ornament…ever.

    • Barb V from Michigan

      We do the pickle in the tree, too! Kids, young & old, love it.

      • Jennifer

        @Sarah LOL! Thats great.

    • abby

      MY mom is starting the pickle this year it looks stupid

  • http://lorijo.wordpress.com Lori Jo

    creeepy!!! so funny.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      miss you!

  • http://www.benarment.com Ben Arment

    We call him “Chucky on the Shelf” and raise the edges of our eyebrows when we say it… but totally doing it.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      Seriously. He is sooooo Chucky looking. I’m even more scared now Ben.

  • http://artgood.tumblr.com Art

    Trying to catch breath after laughing so hard I about wet my pants!!!

    Too funny.

  • http://madefaithfull.blogspot.com/ Jennifer V.

    An elf? that’s almost as crazy sounding as the 3 kings day tradition we were forced to do as kids. grass in a shoebox under my bed = food for the camels carrying the 3 kings that went to visit baby Jesus.

    I don’t blame your 5 yr old, I’d cry too, lol!

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      3 Kings?!!! LOL.

  • http://www.erickieb.com Eric

    Oh man! Hilarious! We have the book too and it’s our tradition at our house. Too funny!

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      Are you’re kids scared!

  • http://thiscolorbutblue2.blogspot.com Ashley

    My friend and I came up with this press release that we told our children we received in an e-mail. We had decided that we were NOT going to buy the Elf on the Shelf. This is brilliant and a great alternative!
    Elves Recalled to North Pole for Time Out. We used our daughter’s own stuffed animals for this same purpose and it was less scary (and LOTS of fun at the same time)

    December 9, 2009 (North Pole) – Santa sent word for many of his Elves on the Shelves to return to the North Pole immediately for punishment due to property destruction and general mischievousness while elves were out on surveillance trips to watch for naughty (as well as nice) children. Reportedly, elves have been breaking dishes, stopping up toilets, swinging from chandeliers and causing hundreds of dollars of damage in homes of naughty and nice children.

    The incidents revolve around several neighborhoods in the United States , Mexico , France and the Dominican Republic . Police have investigated the scenes and found such clues as tiny footprints, small hats, jingle bells left behind and in one case an elf even left his tiny little pants behind, as well as a full print of his… elf bottom. “Unmistakable” said police captain Jorge Vasquez of the Dominican, “the elf print was absolutely confirmed by our lab. In this particular case the elf had pulled his pants down to bounce on his bottom across the kitchen floor, where he left instantly recognizable prints as well as his britches.”
    When contacted for comment, Santa’s public relations firm issued this statement: “Santa regrets any damage that has been done to property around the world by the few misbehaving elves. These elves have been called back to the North Pole where they will have to learn their lesson before being sent out on active duty again. In the meantime, Santa has enlisted the help of stuffed animals across the planet. He warns boys and girls everywhere that his helpers will be watching. If boys and girls notice any suspicious behavior in their own stuffed animals they should rest assured that Santa’s helpers are still out checking the Naughty and Nice-O-Meters and are reporting back to the big man himself. I repeat, Santa has helpers everywhere reporting to him, so boys and girls should definitely be on the lookout and above all, be good for goodness sake!”

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      BRilliant.

    • Beth

      I don’t have kids, but have seen all the stuff about Elf on the Shelf the past few years. I thought it just moved spots every night. But now I am seeing pictures (like on pinterest) of them doing things such as drawing mustaches on pictures.

      But I have to say THIS IS BRILLIANT!

      • ferret_mom

        I have 3 nieces and 1 nephew and they will find out about his arrival soon! I will have all 3 of them on Friday. My nephew is 2, and the nieces are 7 (almost 8) and 9. I think it will add a little bit of fun to the house. He really doesn’t look creepy to me. He’s been sitting in our tree waiting for them to come over. He will be under strict orders to not talk to them, but they can talk to him. One of my nieces (the 9 year old) has one at her house and wanted to know if I could get one from Santa to have here. I said I would ask when we went to see the Christmas lights and got to see Santa in person. I think I have an almost 8 year old that’s stopping believing in Santa, so I’m trying to bring back that “Christmas magic” for her and this is the only thing I could think of. But it really is a cute idea! I have been looking for a name online for him all night, finally I was given a name by a friend that’s perfect for him! He will be the only one. There’s not another one on the registry with the name. I hope this creates lots of memories. “He’s arriving late because Santa had to keep him in the North Pole to take care of some official Elf Business before he could come!”

  • http://brandiandboys.wordpress.com brandiandboys

    as funny as your “buckhead betty” story.

    our elf, eddie, went flying off a ceiling fan last year which resulted in a similar outrageous fit where our 7 year old was screaming at the 2 year old “you killed eddie!!!”

    pete and i sent the kids to the steps, closed the bedroom door and laughed until we cried!

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      HAHAHA. I love it.

  • http://thewatersedge.thehonnolds.com/ Jeff Honnold

    My co-workers think I’m crazy as I’m sitting here cracking up with tears in my eyes! Great stuff!

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      THanks!!! And these are the days of my life

  • ksummerall

    We started this tradition last year, our kids named this little demon “Elfis” as in “Elfis has left the building!” He freaks me out too. I had actually forgotten about him until my wife found him while unpacking the Christmas decorations. I begged her to leave him where she found him. She didn’t. Now he’s freaking me and the dog out.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      Yea. He’s a freak.

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  • Niki Boggs

    Wow! That’s classic! We’re thinking about getting one… glad I know some of the rules now!

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      Yes. Be careful. She found out at school about the touching thing.

  • http://33foramoment.blogspot.com Karen

    Hilarious! I was literally LOL! We got an elf last year but have yet to free him from his package. That sounded kind of dirty. I mean, he is still in the box. But not in the closet. Anyway, they do make a cuter, less-creepier elf these days. I saw one at Borders. But I like the creepy one because he reminds me of a similar elf decoration we had growing up.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      Yes. He is creepy as crap. Scary.

  • http://www.ignitermedia.com Rob Thomas

    That was so funny. You convinced me to get it. Haley, my wife, gave me a compelling spiritual reason not to get the Elf, but I seriously already forgot what it was. I’m getting one tonight.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      I’m sure there is a good spiritual reason for not getting one. But I figure the kids can work that out in counseling later. ;) Good call.

      • http://www.ignitermedia.com Rob Thomas

        Agreed!!

  • http://www.thegirlinthemiddle.com/blog Molly

    Oh beautiful. Thanks for the chuckle.

    Glad I didn’t know about the elf…i would have messed it up too!

  • Mishababy

    oh my word…this post just made me day!! I really need that laugh. Santa’s gonna be really mad at daddy for touching the elf and then banging his head on the table and now we won’t get any presents!!!

    Smooth, Daddy, reallllll smooth!

    The Whittaker Elf story will be one of those stories that gets re-told every year. “Do you remember that time….”

    • http://www.bluejeanphotographyonline.com Ronni

      you know reading this I thought if you really REALLY want to freak them out… hide the presents Christmas morning…

      … then again I’m not a parent so I can think things like this…

      • Mishababy

        LOL!! That’s just wrong….

        of course, that would be interesting if Heather does that just to teach Los a lesson. LOL!!

  • http://bcuzoflove.blogspot.com/ stephanie

    I think it was amazing! Totally cracked me up! We bought that last year for our daughter, but she is only two. Don’t think she gets it.

  • Mishababy

    Oh I meant to say it made MY day, not me day. And don’t worry about being creeped out. my 19 year old son doesn’t even like the commercials for them because they are that creepy. LOL!

  • http://jskogerboe.com Joshua Skogerboe

    I’m pretty sure elves regain their magical powers if you light them on fire…

  • Mark

    2 days ago we had to tell our 8 year old that our elf was not real. She heard from her friends at school that it is all a sham and her parents bought it. We decided to tell her the truth. Needless to say, she was hysterical. She wished we never told her the truth . . .

    . . . that night she left another note on her night stand with questions about fairy land for her magical fairy friend, Dyrfinna.

    I think Santa is safe for this year.

    • Mads

      That’s so cute!! Wait, Santa’s not real?????

  • http://iseehope.blogspot.com Gin

    You totally made my day… and those of my co-workers! Laughing out loud crying… real tears. Thanks. And hope that Elfie stays magical for the entire season!

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

    i am just looking forward to when you move to Chicago and one of your daughters is going through the boxes and sees the elf again and freaks out.
    Looking forward to hearing how you explain that one to her.

  • Josh Griffin

    That was one of the funniest things I have read in a long time. I would have probably fallen out of my chair if you had said that the head popped off when you hit it against the table :)

  • http://mamirhi.wordpress.com Rhiannon

    My dear friend, Carlos, you haven’t made me ROAR with laughter like that in some time. THANK YOU! I needed it terribly. perfect storytelling. hug your beloved children for me and remind them that YOU are daddy and YOU can fix anything for them…let them believe that for as long as you can. ;0)

  • amy sanders

    oh my word…i’ve never even heard of the elf on the shelf…..wow.

    but carlos, that was freakin’ hilarious. thanks for making me laugh harder than i have in ages!

  • http://www.ruthieounaegbu.com/aaot ruthie

    Waaaaay too funny! And that elf is waaaaay to creeeeapy!

  • http://kirstenrebecca.wordpress.com Kir

    That. was. HILARIOUS.

    Thank you for the laughs, though I’m sorry it was at the expense of lacking a parenting manual!

  • http://www.tunajones.blogspot.com Tina Thruston

    I can’t wait to hear what your kiddos say when they grow up and realize it was YOU! There is bound to be some good stories ahead.

  • http://kirstenrebecca.wordpress.com Kir

    Aaand I just re-read the part in which you mercilessly smashed little elf’s head into the table. Laughing again.

  • Laura

    That is so great!!! We have Oodle the Elf in the same place for the last 2 nights! Parents to tired and forgot to move the elf…we told them someone must have touched Oodle and he wasn’t allowed to move that night. I sooo hope we remember to move him tonight!

    I’m still laughing about smacking the elf on the table! Have fun!

  • http://chriskinsley.com Chris Kinsley

    This is absolutely fantastic. I laughed out loud.

    My daughter’s only nine months old, so it’s nice that I can learn from your… let’s say “experiences.”

  • Sarah

    I got The Elf on the Shelf for my (almost 2 yr old) nephew this year, and I asked him what he wanted to name him. He thought about it for a second and replied, “Doctor” just as serious as he could be. So now creepy Dr. Elf sits on my sister’s shelf and aunt Sarah goes home to an elf free zone. Ah, the joys of being an aunt…

    Thanks for the laugh, I desperately needed it!

  • http://darleyfam.blogspot.com tigernurse

    Houstin we have a problem…obviously the boys don’t buy into this “watching your behavior and reporting to Santa” stuff. I think we need to fire our elf…he must not be very convincing of his powers. The first night he was on duty there was much to report. Lets just say the boys took a whole new meaning to “trimming” their tree AND all things on it. Umm, the elf was watching and promptly reported back to Santa…now what? There are MANY more nights until Christmas and we have only just begun. Holy cow do they keep us on our toes. Maybe Santa is giving pardons this year?

  • http://www.churchpunk.com ChrisW(Churchpunk)

    Thank you Carlos for walking down this path before I do. At least you know that they believe.

  • http://andrewedwards.wordpress.com Ed from Aus

    Hey Los’s what did you end up naming the Elf?

  • http://gbrenna.com Graham

    Dude… that’s pretty hilarious! My cousin’s neighborhood in MN growing up had a “Santa” in a minivan that would knock on the doors and say hi to the kids. My mom also got my uncle to call us and pretend he was Santa and ask us what we wanted and stuff.

    It was pretty creative, I’ll give her that.

  • http://kristelfatima.blogspot.com Kristel

    I literally laughed out loud when I was reading this!

    Oh man. Thanks. I needed that. :-)

  • http://mandythompson.com mandythompson

    How did Heather POSSIBLY keep from cracking up over the fiasco? That is hysterical!

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      Oh. you should have seen her face.

  • http://www.liveinthenameoflove.blogspot.com Bianca Juarez

    Oh my word! I totally laughed out loud. Not like an LOL, but a real, straight-up, audible laugh.

    Hilarious.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      Well that was the goal. To get you young single soon to be mothers a dose of reality.

  • http://flickr.com/cdrawdy Caleb

    We sell these things where I work. Awesome. Hahh!

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      I dream of Chuckie

      • http://flickr.com/cdrawdy Caleb

        Yea it gets creepy. I’m at the register and look up to notice an entire wall of elves staring at me…

  • http://getremixed.blogspot.com Liz

    I’ve never heard of such a thing, but this had me cracking up at work!

  • http://www.tanyanichols.com Tanya

    Ohmyword that was crazy hysterical. I can’t.stop.laughing.

    “But daddy, you almost killed him. I don’t think he will think that is amazing”

    Awesomeness.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      And he didn’t

  • http://www.ohrobin.blogspot.com Robin

    I miss you and your family. Tons. :(

    …That’s all.

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      you are missed as well.
      As well…
      Love.
      Los

  • Amy M. Fry

    Los,
    This has to be the funniest thing I’ve read in ages! I REALLY want to visit one upon the grand-kids now. Tee Hee.
    You also coulda named this “I Dream of Chuckie” :) My oldest son, Caleb, carries a gun in his line of work, and I can just imAGINE what he woulda done instead of smashing the little elf-demon’s head on the table.
    This is great stuff!

  • caroline oursler

    Ok I am crying right now from laughter, I just read your post to my sister ( who has the Elf at her house)… too funny – thank you so much for the cute story, I needed the laugh tonight.
    My sister had hers out side and said “I think I hear someone at the door” to which her husband said “no one is at the door or the dogs would have barked” and then she gave him the big eyes and he finally got it.

    They are enjoying it – hope you guys will too.

  • Makeda

    I have to say thank you. I have not laughed this hard in a very long time and it was exactly what I needed. I could not catch my breath at one point and had tears streaming down my face. That was seriously the funniest thing I have read in a long time. So thanks for sharing. Hopefully your kids will be better in the morning.

  • http://terriblespeller.com Terrible Speller

    read it. good story ;) love you guys

  • Amanda Markham

    I am still laughing.. “But daddy, you almost killed him. I don’t think he will think that is amazing”.
    We do this with my niece each year and she loves it. 2 years ago she wrote a letter and left it near him on the last day before he returns back to the north pole for the year and it was too sweet.

  • http://www.andydarnell.com Andy Darnell

    That is fantastic.

  • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

    I just tried to read this out loud to my wife in bed. Not only did I wake up the 6 month old, but I had to pass her the iPhone because I simply couldn’t read it through my tears. Laughing. Dying laughing. Thanks, Los. We don’t know you, but your posts make us feel like we do. (And for the record, my parents were flying elves–one for each of us–back in the early 80′s, so I’m well versed in “elvish childhood petrification.” It’s very real. I still twitch. Perhaps why my newest novel with Nelson is all about elves?). ch:

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  • Melissa

    I’ve had a cold and had a coughing fit while reading this, simply amazing. No joke, I was shopping with my mom yesterday and saw this in Borders. I thought “what a cool idea” for my family as I read the box, then opened and went “This looks like the scary elves grandma decorated her tree with!!!” (no joke, same exact thing). Love the idea, but that elf is freaky.

  • http://www.twitter.com/secarden liz

    laughed until i cried reading this … best quote ever: “I quickly grabbed the elf and slammed his head 3 times on the table.” hahahahahaha

  • http://house-of-stone.blogspot.com Jenn

    That was so funny!! Thanks for making my day! Yah, that elf is freaky… Your kids are going to need a lot of therapy when they’re adults ;)

  • http://accordingtothefitz.wordpress.com/ Fritz

    What a great story!

  • http://jackalopekid.com jackalopekid

    best story i’ve read in a while. thanks for that man

  • http://sonofmine.wordpress.com/ Phillip Gibb

    yeah, kill that pagan elf
    ha ha ha

  • http://www.houseofhudspeth.blogspot.com Nancy

    This post needs to be a children’s book just for parents.
    You guys are awesome parents!! I love this!

  • http://www.thusfarwithgod.blogspot.com Michelle

    I think I’ll try this with my kids this year, then after doing so they’ll admit me someplace cause I have two boys ages 16 and 13!!
    Don’t you just love having kids and fun holiday stuff like a silly Elf!! Actually I AM going to do a version of this for my boys and we’ll laugh and I’ll get teased and I’ll hug them and tell them no more veggies cause veggies are good for them and cause them to grow, I want them small again somedays, then we’ll laugh some more, all because of this silly Elf.

    • WendyW

      My boys are 12 & 17, and I’m considering making one for our family. Many of our traditions are falling away as the youngest outgrows them, and a mischievous elf sounds like a good replacement. I think we’ll all have fun taking turns to create his adventures. However, I am NOT buying one of those creepy, retro elf-dolls!

  • http://jtriv.wordpress.com Jessica

    This is freaking hilarious. And your kids are a brave bunch. I would never make it through the night with that thing staring at me!

  • Kathie

    That’s so funny. Now what happens when the Elf forgets to go to the North Pole some night. Nothing to report good or bad? Hurry… think of something. ;*)

  • http://www.prudychick.com Prudence

    Holy freakin that IS creepy. I love Seanna’s comments.

  • http://www.jenniclayville.com Jenni Clayville

    OH.
    MY.
    WORD.

    i can’t believe you banged his head on the table THREE times.

  • http://www.eye4media.biz Josh Harwell

    What a great post! I haven’t laughed that hard in awhile.

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  • http://www.iamjonsmith.com Jon Smith

    Dude – when I got to the part about you banging the elf’s head on the table, I LOST it! :) Hilarious.

  • Talamieka

    Thanks for the great laugh. I heard about your blog from my pastor and also about an art project for the homeless. I would like more details when you get a chance.

    Thanks

  • http://www.normerandstacee.wordpress.com Stacee

    I’m an elementary music teacher and today we were singing a song about Elves. I asked the kids what an Elf does and they said the typical things like “work in Santa’s shop” or “wrap presents”. Then one kid piped up and said, “NO! An elf sits there and stares at you!” I had no idea what she was talking about. Then we acted out what elves do and while everyone else was pretending to wrap presents she was standing still with very wide eyes. Hilarious!!!! And now, I know all about the Elf on the Shelf!!

  • http://meganbhulsey.blogspot.com Megan

    Love it! I can’t wait until my daughter is older and I can do this with her!

  • Mel

    Yeah.. great tool but the two big rules to avoid major drama is don’t touch him… and don’t forget to move him before they get up in the morning!

  • http://www.youtube.com/liftaloft Rob Reed

    Very well written… almost fell out of the chair with the hitting the head on the three times thing because I think the same way under that kind of pressure from the kid. :)

  • Heather C.

    crying…..too funny! and something my youngest would say!! She cried when Beethoven fell out of the back of the truck!

  • http://www.derekandsheainsa.com Derek Poe

    so now when do you tell them that Santa isn’t real? you’ll definitely need a parenting manual for that…

    • http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com loswhit

      nah. they’ll find out on the playground sometime

  • ashley

    this is sooo funny- we just started the elf on our 3 year old this week- my friend sent me the link to your post- I laughed so hard when I read this-thanks for posting this! you are a really funny writer! the elf really is creepy- you’d think they would’ve market tested it to see if anyone could stand to look directly at it!!

  • Lisa

    We have the elf and sometimes he forgets to change hiding places like he did last night. “Mommy, why didn’t Mr. Candy Cane – Peppermint hide in a new place? Well . . . he said he really likes it up on the mantle because he can see everything really well. Oh – ok.” It is so easy to distract a 6 year old boy. Now, when my girl is older I am going to have to be a whole lot more careful – they catch on to your schtick a lot faster. ;o) Bahahahaha – fun times!

  • http://www.pinkhairedgirl.net Crystal Renaud

    i think it would have been easier just to tell your kids that Santa wasn’t real all along. now, when it is time to tell them the truth, you have to explain the creepy elf thing too.

    or maybe that is the pessimist in me.

  • http://www.pinkhairedgirl.net Crystal Renaud

    but honestly… that is one of the funniest Christmas-related stories I have ever heard…. ever!

  • http://thepush.posterous.com Jim

    that,my friend, is a classic…my kids are too old for that at 15/13/9…I did the toilet monster…
    http://kingmagic.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/monster.jpg
    which totally freaked out my son and daughter when they were little…

    • Lisa

      Eww, that freaks me out as an adult! :D

  • http://www.mattandtracy.typepad.com Matt

    Hilarious! Thanks for Sharing! One of these little dolls showed up on my door step the other night….after we posted a link to your blog post about it on our website….We don’t know who it was that gave it to us……but we say Thanks and then start therapy as this thing keeps us awake at night….. Mini Chucky doll, I say….

  • Susan

    Oh my goodness…I remember when this elf first showed up when I was a child, several decades ago. It scared me then and still does. There is something creepy about those fixated smiling eyes. Never heard a story about the elf but fell out of my chair laughing at this! Only thing remotely as funny that I have read is “Squirrel verses Motorcycle”! http://www.vtwinmama.com/demonic_squirrel_riding_story.htm
    Merry Christmas!

  • http://deweberdesign.com deWeb

    haha “you almost killed him!” that’s great.

  • http://www.organizingthechaos.wordpress.com Becky

    UM- I don’t have kids nor have I ever heard of Elf on the Shelf BUT my mom has a whole family of elves that look like that!! Every year she would take them out and put them together in a sleigh. My brother, sister, and I hated them!! We would try and put them somewhere the dog would eat them but even he wouldn’t touch them!! She still has them and now we fight over who has to take them.. LOL

  • http://jonsampson.wordpress.com/ Jon

    That story is amazing. Thank you. I laughed out loud so many times my wife was yelling from across the room asking what I was reading.

    And yeah, the elf’s a little creepy.

  • http://www.jeremywalker.us Jeremy Walker

    This story is amazing!
    Thanks for the laughs…

  • Eric

    I work at a law firm that represents the Elf on the Shelf people. I forwarded this blog post to their Attorney and she loved it, as did I. Maybe she can convince them to make the elf a little less creepy.

  • Jennifer (Lee) V.

    Los – That was hilarious. I, too, am looking for that parenting manual! We introduced our Elf this year… His name is Elvis – kids love finding him each morning. The other day, Don (big Don) was asking him if he had a good trip back from the North Pole. Little Don said, “Daddy, Elvis can’t talk to you! He has to be quiet!” Wow – he really WAS listening when we read the book.

    Hope you guys are well – Merry Christmas!
    Jenn

  • LaShawn

    This is just about the funniest story I have read/heard in quite a while! Looks like the Whittaker kids are sharp! Watch out daddy!

  • http://www.calledbygrace.com Payton

    Why do parents insist on lying to kids about Christmas and take away from the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ? It’s not about lies about fat men delivering presents or elves that watch your every move. It’s about a Savior, God in the flesh. At first my wife insisted on lying to the kids and she did Santa Claus for several years. But, I refused to be a part of it. Then when my daughter was 7 and son was 6 years old I told them the truth. Now we celebrate what Christmas is REALLY about, Jesus Christ. Have a Happy Christ’s Birth.

  • http://bryantabb.tumblr.com/ Bryan Tabb

    I got so many laughs out of this story….and this vid. http://www.youtube.com/user/theelfontheshelf Thanks for sharing. have a great day.

    Tabb

  • http://livingcanvas.wordpress.com annielaurie

    that story is ROFLOL hysterical. I love it and I am sending it to ALL my friends (and I have a ton of them) using that ELF!!!! :-)

  • Lisa

    I’m another reader who hasn’t met you, but enjoy the sharing of life on your blog. Thanks for making my morning…. everyone should start the day laughing outloud with tears in their eyes!

    I have had fun w/Santa delivering gifts, don’t do sitting in strange man’s lap either, but we didn’t use him for the naughty/nice watching thing… so Elf might not be very credible either.

    I finally have the answer to who this Elf is I heard about on Facebook! :) Still too Chucky-esque for my taste tho LOL!

  • Lisa

    And to add, if anyone has not read Susan’s link in her comment… the story of the squirrel, please do. I laughed outloud w/tears about the Elf…. then I was uncontrollably loud with more tears and woke both my kids with that one. :D

  • http://www.thecatherinechronicles.com Catherine

    HILARIOUS!! Cracked UP at the part where you slammed its head into the table! That’s good stuff . . . :)

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  • http://jennyrain.com Jenny

    Creepy… hilarious! Creepy… hilarious!

    reminds me of the clown in poltergeist kind of.

    It’s like therapy waiting to happen.

  • Stacey Burns

    Love your story! We have an elf, but it’s different & no where near as creepy! Ours is from http://www.elf-magic.com & it is stuffed instead of plastic. It can be touched & played with! It gets into mischief each night & stays at the house from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve when it returns to the North Pole with Santa. Each one comes with it’s own name even. My kids absolutely live their elves!!! You ought to try that out instead of the elf on the shelf.

  • Rachel

    OMG!!! Those things seem to only happen to you! I laughed so hard!

    I bought one last year and my hubby is totally creaped out by it. I had posted on my fb last year about it and you wouldn’t believe the spiritual comments I received about doing it! It was crazy! People acted like I didn’t teach my son the real meaning of Christmas!

    However, I plan to start this year on December 1st and my elf will be VERY mischivious and may bring little gifts back from the dollar store. Going to try to make it fun but if my kid freaks the elf won’t be back.

    • http://samanthadidonato samantha

      do u like him

  • http://samanthadidonato samantha

    my elfs name is friddie he is so cute but you cant touch him at all he has magic pawres and if you do touch him he wont get to tell santa if my kids were good or bad.

  • Catherine

    Loved your story! A friend of mine bought this elf set for me to give to my 3 year old granddaughter. She’s spending the night Saturday and thank god I read it beforehand. Totally creeped ME out! The manufacturer’s notes on Amazon.com make a point of saying it’s a “light skinned, blue-eyed” elf, which just makes me think of the Nazis. I can handle the creepy little elf itself, sort of, but the story just really bothers me. If I had been given this as a kid, I would have been upset for years thinking it was watching my every move and taking notes, possibly even when I was taking a bath. This isn’t going to be a tradition at my house. I think I’ll give the elf to my granddaughter this year but I’m going to alter the story. She can’t read, anyway. By next year I’ll make sure the elf goes somewhere else. That is, unless the little bugger kills me in my sleep or something before then…

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  • http://theelfontheshelf.com samantha keene

    the elf is kind of scary……………….the elf is cute too. hes a pixie elf(:hes really cuteee(:i love him so much. hes a cutey pie(:please reply………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………(:

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  • RebelMOM

    F-in great story.
    Got the elf last year for my 3 yr old. Read her the story while she sat there petrified and perhaps because of her fear I let her touch him to show her he’s just a small little harmless elf. That was that the touching rule was out the window, hell we even took him on vacation with us when we went the week before christmas so he wouldn’t miss out on watching over her. So he’s back the creepy little f*#@er and sure enough the movie version just came out and so we watched it and he gets touched and can’t fly back and my daughters sitting there asking me why he can’t fly. So now I’m in a pickle to say the least, sure enough one other moron parent bought this thing for their household and their kid might share with my daughter in pre-k that touching is THE rule you can’t break. But I say who cares, it’s a made up tradition and if I want to alter it I will and we’ll just have a rebelious extra magical elf, hell maybe the king of all the elves lol.

    • Morgan

      we threw the touching rule out the window as well! IMO its a dumb rule haha! I told her the book just means you can’t play with him, she is allowed to pick him up after she finds him in the morning and put him back on our mantel. If anyone questions our amended rule I’ll tell them I asked Santa on facebook if it was ok and he said it was lol

  • http://www.jenspends.com Jennifer

    I’ve been wanting to try this, but couldn’t bring myself to plunk down the $30. I have a feeling my three-year-old son would have similar issues with the elf. He’s easily creeped out. Very funny story!

  • SarahL

    We have an elf too and when the kids got to name him they all looked at each other and said Buddie. Well at least they could agree on one thing :) . Yes it is creep…very creepy.

  • Shirley

    Definitely one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time. Was hoping to start this tradition with my son this year. Isn’t it such a blessing that our real life with our kids is far more humorous than any sitcom on TV?

  • http://www.brooklynlindsey.blogspot.com brooklyn lindsey

    i’m not alone.

    i was starting to wonder.

    my little girls got in a fight this morning over the baby jesus in the advent calendar. they both want baby jesus for themselves.

    mission accomplished ;) i guess….lol

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  • Heather

    Best story ever! I laughed until I cried. My 6 year old son is scared to death of the Elf too. Thanks for the good laugh.

  • http://icookbythebook.wordpress.com Sara

    Hilarious!!! I laughed-out-loud at work– and got funny looks from neighboring cubicles.

    Somebody gave me this last year and I haven’t touched it, because it seems like a lot of work. Maybe I will give it a try despite my five-year-old insisting that he doesn’t want any presents from Santa because I always tell him “no, no, no” when he asks for toys every week when we go grocery shopping.

  • http://whisperingwriter.blogspot.com/ Amber

    THANK YOU!

    I posted on my blog how I thought Elf on the Shelf was creepy as hell and got 2 e-mails from people saying that I’m just a big old Scrooge for thinking that way.

    Granted, most of my blog readers agreed with me.

    But seriously. The expression on the elf face basically says to me, “I’m going to murder you when you sleep.”

  • http://funhappies.blogspot.com KMEinTX

    Quite possibly the best elf story I’ve heard so far. The Elf on the Shelf is definitely creepy. We do the Elf Magic elf. They’re cute. :o ) And you *can* touch them!

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  • Danny

    Thank you so much for sharing this hilarious story. I read this aloud to my friends and could barely get the words out through my laughter and tears!

  • http://? jeremy

    what made me do this is because my elf today hid in the same exact place as he did yesterday and pour your elf my baby siters friend`s elf turned their milk blue,watched a movie,fished in cherrios and left them a note saying Dear,emily and ? santa has called me back to the north pole for more help for christmas love eugine,

    p.s emily remember to go to bed good for your mom and dad

  • kate

    CREEPER. Thankfuly GOD dosen’t need him and santas not real and my kids know this. So the Elf we’re regifting has been just hide and seek.

  • Sierra

    Typical male…read the directions first.

  • http://counting-on-me.blogspot.com Shannon

    So funny! I’d love to have you add your post to my Elf on the Shelf Link Party:

    http://counting-on-me.blogspot.com/2011/12/elf-on-shelf-link-party.html

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  • Dorothy

    I was trying to find a store to purchase one when I came across this story. How funny!! Loved it and hope they recovered!

  • http://www.crossculture.me Jamie

    Awesome. Had to share. I use the “freaked out” look of the elf to my advantage with my 5 year old. He is a feauxhawk styled rocker preachers kid who wants to wear his Queen shirt to church every week. a little edge doesn’t hurt. here is how i left him in his room after an evening of bad behavior…
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/v/702288_4488970274771_1525935941_n.jpg?oh=4d00fc85a8be5545d61899fe0622e81f&oe=50C03229&__gda__=1354855452_a755f2a18b9c310647d72c3d356ae1b3

    • Virginia

      I just want to say THANK YOU! My daughter is a “rocker” and our church is casual, so she wears her band Tshirts to church. The way we dress does not define our Christianity or belief in Christ!! :-) only “religious” peeps would believe otherwise. As for the elf on the shelf, that too seems to be a “religious” problem for some Christians and irks the heck outta me! Takes a lot in me to not argue lol

  • Justin DAVIS

    Flippin hilarious man hahahaha. and yeah, the instant i heard about the elf i just thought about all the times as a kid that i was scared of inanimate dolls that didn’t “move” around the house on their own.

  • Terry Tyson

    I always thought the little elf was nothing but a magic stool pigeon. My parents would move it from room to room where it was always spying on us. I hated the little bugger.

    I made a pact with my younger brother and sister that we would get rid of it…because it was a doll and it could move from spot to spot under its own power. I saw those Twilight Zone episodes with talking dolls and the like.

    We finally got the courage to grab it (wearing gloves as to potentially not get any elf magic on us), dug a hole in the back yard and buried the little dude.

    When mom and dad somehow discovered what we had done, (my little sister could NOT keep a secret) they dug it up and put it on the mantle.

    Again, we were scared beyond words.

    My siblings and I figured out that the only way to get rid of a magic elf was by burning it. Plans were made but were once again foiled by parents who actually listened to their children’s chatter.

    Dad finally put an end to it all by storing it away for the season, never to return.

    We believed, brother. We believed.

  • Santa

    Why did you put hell in that I have a elf on the shelf they’re not scary at all

  • tahnmeep

    My friend and I made a film about those lil elves and how EVIL they can be!
    Great read, btw!
    https://vimeo.com/56219857

  • Tina Mollie Fisher

    “So I slammed his head into the table 3 times….” hilarious! That’s pretty much how that would go down at my house too….I’ve not read your blog before but found a few posts to be quite funny and inspirational. Thanks!!!

  • Rachael

    I lost my Elf this year and my 11 y/o will be happy since it creeped him out. Who knew that freaky thing could scare little kiddos but it worked them into being good. Anyone have an Elf to spare? I swear my son hid that sob since he is not in my Christmas stuff.

  • novitc

    CREEPY CREEPY CREEPY!!! We do the Christmas Angel instead.

  • http://www.ivoryjohn.com/ John Wylie

    Parenting: You’re doing it right.

  • Sydney

    Loving this story! Perfect story to tell my 7 year old daughter who loves Christmas!

  • koreanna

    my name is koreanna {Kor} [ee] {anna} {is how you say it }. I had got permission to touch my elf on the shelf, from Santa Clause, and my elf, Holly.she has not lost her power. i have touched her before and she did not loose her power!

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