Elf on the Shelf – Creepy or Cool?

Elf on the Shelf Creepy or Cool

A couple of days ago, my good friend Haley Shivers explained the story behind the “Elf on the Shelf” fad to me.

If you are in the dark (like I was, apparently), “Elf on the Shelf” is a book for children that includes a retro-inspired elf doll (available in various eye and skin colors) who is essentially a spy for Santa Claus. The elf makes sure your children are behaving and reports such behavior back to Santa Claus. The parent moves the elf each night to a different location because, you know, HE IS REAL AND WATCHING YOU.

I seriously thought the elves were just fun toys to photograph in hilarious situations.

I even wanted one this year to join in on the fun fest.

After taking a moment to grasp the concept, I found it a bit creepy. Actually, a lot creepy. Of course, this may be from the fact that we do not celebrate Santa Claus in my home, but even still, it’s creepy, no? From a discussion I had on the this topic on Facebook, I am not alone, either.

BUT, I heard about something amazing in that same Facebook discussion. Something that made Elf on the Shelf SO not creepy and even a bit cool. Something that made me totally order an elf on Amazon right then.


Yes. A contest for inappropriate elves. Also? There are prizes for the winners. THIS makes Elf on the Shelf okay for me. Learn more about the contest by visiting Baby Rabies.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you participate in Elf on the Shelf with your kiddos or are you more of an “inappropriate elf” user?