So…What Exactly IS The Elf on the Shelf & Why Should It Be Ashamed?
Lots of families use The Elf on the Shelf
to scare their kids into being good as a fun holiday tradition.
The Elf shows up in your home the day after Thanksgiving to keep an eye on things for Santa. He magically disappears each night back to the North Pole to tell Santa whether the kids were naughty or nice, and reappears in a different location in your home the next day, all the way to Christmas Eve.
What fun! What merriment! What creepy Big Brother is Watching-ness!
I had no idea how much fun The Dark Side of the Elf on the Shelf could be until I read I’m Learning to Love and/or Fear my Elf, by The Bearded Iris (12/05/11). Her Elf, Dobbie, was not only a lover of beer, he also had a bit of a thing for large knives. Rather unnerving, no?
With The Bearded Iris’ blessing, I wrote about my own Elf’s antics in Signs Your Elf on the Shelf is on The Naughty List (12/07/11). My elf was rather…whorish, among other things.
I started looking around, and discovered there were very, very naughty Elves everywhere, and everyone was talking about them. You can see lots of them in the awesomely popular Baby Rabies 2011 Inappropriate Elf Contest, or witness how the People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies (12/09/11) hilariously ranting post went from silent to seriously viral in a matter of weeks. December 2011 was the Elfiest holiday season I’ve ever experienced. And it was a hoot.
This summer of 2012, I already had people re-reading my Elf post, and was inspired. Some of my funny friends and I were involved in the recent wave of Dog Shaming, Baby Shaming, & Mom Shaming / Self Shaming...so why not Elf Shaming?
Whether you want to just read along or submit your own Shamed Elf, I’m happy to have you here! You’ll find all kinds of Elves here, from the sweetly messy to the disturbingly bad, each one ready to make you laugh and share with your friends.
Just keep an eye on your Elf while doing so. You never know what they’re up to once your back is turned.