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5 Things That Surprised Us About ‘Elf on the Shelf’

If you’re like me, you heard about Elf on the Shelf two weeks ago from your co-worker who was very enthusiastic about the game. If you’re not like me, you are very happy. Elf on the Shelf seems to be everywhere this holiday season, and, honestly, I just. I don’t know.


For those who don’t know, the idea is that parents hide an elf doll and the kids have to find it. There’s apparently a whole mythology behind these so-called scout elves, which are really no-good tattletales. Every night, when everybody goes to bed, the elves go back to the North Pole and snitch on the little kids to Santa Claus. It’s messed up, and, honestly, some very smart adults are concerned with what this is doing to little kids’ psychology. Elf on the shelf? More like paranoia and high anxiety. In any case, here are some things you might not have known about this alleged tradition.


1. It’s based on a children’s book called Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition from 2005.


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2005. Kind of a weak tradition. | Image Via Amazon


2. The elf loses his magic if he’s touched.


What if he’s asphyxiated? | via GIPHY


3. It allegedly normalizes the surveillance state.




4. There’s a Jewish alternative called ‘Mensch on a Bench.’


Mensch on a Bench

Huh. | Image Via Simplemost


5.There was a 30-minute animated special that aired on CBS.


An Elf's Story

Seriously? | Image Via IMDb


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