50 ‘Elf On The Shelf’ Ideas That’ll Make You Laugh Or At Least Admire People’s Creativity
For those of you, like me, who have never heard of Elf On The Shelf, it has become a Christmas time tradition, where a special little scout is sent to your home from the North Pole to make sure kids are behaving themselves. The Christmas elf can be hidden anywhere around the house, keeping a careful eye on your little ones, before returning at night to the North Pole to make their reports on who has been naughty or nice.
Now, Elf On The Shelf ideas can be a lot of fun for adults too, as they come up with ever more creative places to hide the Elf, as well as play around with some hilarious positions and scenarios in full Christmas spirit. We here at Bored Panda have rounded up our favorite examples of people taking the funny Elf On The Shelf game to the next level, and we are sure you'll find them as amusing as we did! Scroll down below to check the hilarious Christmas decorations out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
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This Is What Happens When My Adult Son Comes Over To House Sit Over The Weekend
Just A Little Terrifying
Elf Left Some Delicious Treats
One Of My Mom's "Elf On The Shelf" Photos
We Couldn’t Find Our Elf On The Shelf Until This Morning
My Sister's Elf On A Shelf
Last Known Photo Of The Elf On The Shelf
Elf Climbing Wall!
Elf On The Shelf, You Dirty Bugger
Elf On The Shelf Spouse Wars Are On (Hubby Doesn’t Know It Yet)
Draw Me Like One Of Your French Dolls
What My Little Cousins Think Of Their "Elf On A Shelf"
Cheeky Little Elf Has Been Jealous Of Frosty The Snowman And Has Decided To Melt Him!
Day3 - Savage Attack
I Pea’d My Elf⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Freddy Came In Like A Wrecking Ball!
Help The Elf Is Trapped In A Balloon
Elf Planetarium. Tonight's Free Viewing Uranus
Worst Cookies Ever
My Elf On The Shelf Appears To Have Choked On His Aspirations
Hot Tub Party
"Right ladies, who wants to jingle my bells?"... too much?
My Elves Are Bob Ross
I'm Watching You
Snow Angel. AKA Buttermilk Corn Meal Angels
Of course our mighty Elf Overlord requires the best Colombian Nose Candy...
K Is Gonna Be Mad When He Wakes Up
Naughty Elf On The Shelf Ate The Whole Advent Calendar
Open Lid And Smell
Let It Go
Looks Like Freddy's Making Copies Of Himself... And His Butt
Dec3 A Trap! Will Shelf And Batman Escape The Clutches Of The Evil Underworld?!
Batman looks like he's pissed at Elf for getting him in this mess
Obvioiusly, many people are not faimiliar with the elf on the shelf. I was neither. It seems to be a pseudo-tradition, enforced by marketing as a parenting tool. The elf sits on the shelf and must not be touched. Children are told that the elf reports all their bad deeds to Santa, who based on this reduces the number of presents they get for christmas. Psychologists have commented that these are overcome parenting ideas, eroding the trust between parents and their children. Some will even go as far as to suggest the elf on the shelf leads the path to a surveillance state. The elf always watches, and he rightfully does. There is no privacy. Thus, all these pictures ridiculing the elf make a valuable contribution beyond the mere fun of it!
And the elf is a creepy little bugger. Apparently, they make good skeet.
And great cat toys. :D
The Elf on the Shelf "tradition" stems from a children's book that was published in 2005, and took off almost immediately. I'm so glad my kids were too old for this! I think it's lazy parenting - the elf becomes responsible for making sure kids behave right, rather than mom and dad.
@Kira Jensen, I knew they existed before 2005, my mom had several vintage ones as Christmas tree decorations when we were kids in the '70s. But they were JUST decorations, and never used as "spies." I wasn't even aware of that connotation before the book was published.
The new book was started in 2005, but the elves were around in the 50s and 60s. That's where the new author got the idea. I have friends at work who recently informed me that their mothers have multiple elves from the original vintage productions. They did the exact same things with their elves when they were children. So, the book might not have been around for decades, but the elves have been, and so has the concept.
Thank you. I was wondering when this became a thing.
More like an advertisement for that elf-pupet.
Oh FFS that's ridiculous. What do people think Santa Claus was all about? "He knows when you've been sleeping....". Why aren't psychologists up in arms about St Nick? * sigh*
If you think psychologists have a lot to say about elves, you should read what psychologists say about internet trolls.
I don't think a 5 year old is gonna be ruined by this. Most kids so stop believing in Santa and the Elf on the shelf pretty early, 6-7. Most Kids find the games with the elf fun. Provided the parents don't play age inappropriate pranks with it.
Theres a nanny cam in his hat.
A friend of mine hides the occupants of the (wooden) nativity scene (sheep, ox, the three wise kings...) and the kids go looking for them in the living room. I love that idea, it's a bit like an easter-egg-hunt without the chocolate. I think that would be the only good use I#d have for an elf on a shelf - hide him so kids can go look for him.