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Elf on the Shelf

I'm With Stupid: The Dread Affliction of Elves on Your Shelves

Todd Hartley | Posted 12.28.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I realize this is going to sound like the Grinchiest thing ever, but I cannot wait for the holiday season to finally end so I can be rid of the infernal Elf on the Shelf that first darkened our home last yuletide.

Why Such a Big Deal About the Elf?

Natalie Romero | Posted 12.23.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

She was not planned. In fact, we had no intention of welcoming her as a guest until she was given to us as a gift. Claire, our Elf on the Shelf, join...

Busy Philipps Takes Her Elf On The Shelf Creations To A New Level

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 12.22.2015 | Parents

Actress and mom Busy Philipps' elaborate Elf on the Shelf creations are yet another example of the popular holiday trend that's taking the country by ...

The Elf Belongs On The Top Shelf

Kim Schenkelberg | Posted 12.22.2015 | Parents
Kim Schenkelberg

If EOTS is supposed to "magically" show up at a child's home before Christmas to monitor a child's behavior, then how is a parent supposed to explain why they are in a box at a store for sale?

This Mom's Epic Elf On The Shelf Scenes Come With Lessons About Pop Culture And History

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents

When it comes to Elf on the Shelf, one mom of three has a rather ... educational approach. Michele Bell received a lot of attention last year for the...

Human Elf On The Shelf Is So Creepy, It Just Might Work

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 12.19.2015 | Weird News

Just when you thought Elf on the Shelf couldn’t get any creepier. The Internet went wild this week with a mixture of joy and fear over a Boston-area...

Family's Real-Life Elf On The Shelf Adorably Causes Mischief

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents

This holiday season marks the first time Alan Lawrence's family has had an Elf on the Shelf around the house, and the father's take on the tradition h...

Elf You And Your Elfing Elf On The Shelf

Cort Ruddy | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

Like the Christmas season wasn't elfing stressful enough.

This Elf On The Shelf Brightens Kids' Days In The Hospital

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center isn't the ideal place for kids to spend the holidays, but thanks to a magical visitor, they have the opportunity to...

30 Elf On The Shelf Ideas That Require No Special Skills Whatsoever

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents

The Elf on the Shelf has become a holiday staple in homes across the country. But it's also a bit of nuisance to legions of parents who, night after n...

Why A Mom Broke Her Elf On The Shelf's Leg | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents

Last week, among the myriad Elf on the Shelf pictures scattered all over social media, Courtney Boles posted a picture of her own family's scout elf, ...

These Dogs Are Waging War Against The Elf On The Shelf

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.13.2015 | Weird News

These two dogs are done with the Elf on the Shelf. Golden retriever Ricochet -- also known as "Surf Dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog"-- and golden/labrad...

The Cold Never Bothered Elf On The Shelf Anyway

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents

Elves on the Shelf, beware! Queen Elsa might just work her magic on you. In a photo posted to Imgur on Dec. 7, Elsa from "Frozen" shows her household ...

Police Label This Elf On The Shelf A 'Wanted Person'

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.08.2015 | Weird News

Don't trust his angelic smile. This Elf on the Shelf has been a very bad boy, police say. He's been so naughty in the run up to Christmas that cops in...

I Don't Have Kids, But I Love My Elf On The Shelf

Christine Wojdyla | Posted 12.02.2015 | Women
Christine Wojdyla

I swore I'd never get one. I planned a life without an Elf. Even if tiny humans were to become a part of my world, it would be tough cookies for the kids, because their Elf would still be secretly hidden (and never coming out to spy on them). I was completely down with this plan. Until I wasn't.

Life Lessons From an Elf

Jami Demuth | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents
Jami Demuth

How much I longingly remember our lives before this elf. The days when I had to keep only one holiday ruse going and not two. How much I have a new-found appreciation for those parents who've had elves in their homes year after year. You are better people than me.

New Parent vs. The Elf (3 Lessons Learned)

Ashley Trexler | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents
Ashley Trexler

Elves don't like shelves, they like magazine-worthy spreads and special effects lighting. They crave crafty staging and creativity, like floral wire holding them up by their toes so they can spring into a bowl of marshmallows. Elf On The Shelf is not for the faint of heart.

How & Why I'm Putting My Own Spin on The Elf on the Shelf

Jennifer S. White | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

My children are innately good. But they test boundaries. A lot. Especially for me, their mom.

8 Simple Steps to Exile the Elf

Shannon Day | Posted 11.22.2015 | Parents
Shannon Day

The next year, it was time to get the half-assed elf party started, so I took Summer out of her box and began to set up a simple scene to greet the kids with in the morning. The series of events that followed wound up being an unintentional 8-step program ending with the exile of the elf from our home. That's right, the kids wanted her to leave and to never come back.

Dear Retailers and Organizations: Stop Throwing Around the Word "Adoption"

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

It's trendy and attention-grabbing to implore people to "adopt" a pet, to "adopt" a highway or a star or a penguin at your local zoo, to "adopt" a new policy, to "adopt" a poverty-stricken family in another country. But frankly, it's rather offensive. Particularly the Elf on the Shelf promotion during the month of November.

Are We Lying to Our Kids, or Keeping the Magic Alive?

Diana Whitney | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

"Made in China?" A. asks dubiously. She fingers a white tag on Shelf Elf's rump. "I thought he was from the North Pole.

How a Santa Statue and a Disney Cartoon Helped Save Christmas

Tabatha Kammann | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Tabatha Kammann

Up until two days ago we kept up the facade that Santa is in fact real, even if we weren't sure what our son thought. I mean, the more we play it up, the more he'll want to believe it too, right?

11 Classic And Modern TV Show Scenes, Starring Elf On The Shelf

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents

For the past six years, craft-enthusiast Eric Erickson has celebrated the holiday season with a themed photo series called "12 Days of Christmas." Whe...

Five Cautionary Tales From Holiday Cartoons

Magnolia Ripkin | Posted 02.19.2015 | Comedy
Magnolia Ripkin

Have you ever thought about what lessons these shows are teaching? They seem heartwarming, but they should really be classified as cautionary tales. Here is what I've learned from watching Christmas specials.

How Santa Claus And I Became Text Buddies

Clint Edwards | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Clint Edwards

My parents used to just tell me that Santa was watching, and I'd look at the celling, and assume there was some ominous eye viewing my behavior. Things are much more tangible now.