I'm sure I'm the last to hear of this thing, but apparently it's all the rage to place a toy elf, well, on a shelf and in other spots each night and set him up for pranks. The story goes that he's keeping tabs on you and reporting back to Santa betwixt bouts of mischief (turning over furniture, coloring the milk, etcetera).
Of course I'm going to buy this elf and invent tomfoolery by the truckload, but just look at it.
Yet I cannot look away. I grew up on macabre European tales of caution such as Max And Moritz who get devoured by ducks and Struwwelpeter, who looked like this:
So perhaps I have a penchant for scary memes. But I'll tell you, that elf is up to no good if he works for a guy who's going to break in your house after spending all year judging you and watching you sleep.
At first I was confused as to the description of The Elf On The Shelf. The ad mentions he's light-skinned and blue-eyed, like you've got to vet your elves for racial purity before you'll allow them to mess up your couch pillows. Upon further investigation, it becomes clear you may order your shelf elf in a variety of skin tones and eye colors, along with either gender. See? Equal opportunity disturbing fun.
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