Speaking of parodies, people have also begun to place the elf in quite some interesting situations that play on other aspect of pop culture. Some of those include the elf twerking on Santa Claus, auditioning for the Voice, having a date night with Barbie, dressed up a Harry Potter and more! You can check out Buzzfeed’s list of the top 33 Elf On The Shelf ideas here!
Newfoundland has even used the elf in an anti-drunk driving PSA that has since gone viral that features the elf going out, getting hammered, getting behind the wheel of a pink toy car, then getting pulled over, failing a breathalyzer test and ultimately ending up in the slammer. Some critics of the campaign expressed concern about the effect that the PSA would have on a child’s preconceived notions about the Elf On The Shelf, taking away the innocence of the toy, however the people behind the PSA claim that it acts as a wonderful deterrent and shows the consequences of being “naughty” by driving while intoxicated.
The folks at Robinwood Photography have also created a hilarious series of photos featuring their Elf On The Shelf named Elfward, who while the children are away or asleep gets himself into quite a bit of mischief including reenacting Friday the 13th films, jumping the hot tub with Barbie, and playing the dating game! The results are hilarious, but definitely for adult eyes only…there is a tame section on the site for Elfward’s more toned down adventures.
There are other people who believe that the elf is just plain creepy and some psychologists claims that it can actually be damaging to children rather than helpful, by claiming that it should be the parents who are in charge as the authority in the home, not the elf or Santa Claus. It can also keep parents who are already stressed around the holiday season even more busy because they have to “remember” to move the elf to a new hiding spot each and every day and if they forget, the outcome could be devastating to the children and defeat the entire purpose of the elf in the first place.
We want to hear from you! Do you have an Elf On The Shelf in your home? Do you have any fun stories to share? Do you think the elf is creepy or innocent fun?
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