Is the Elf on the Shelf cute or just creepy? | The Tylt
Is the Elf on the Shelf cute or just creepy?
The idea of an elf sent by Santa to monitor children's behavior creeps a lot of people out. And a doll that changes places at night sounds straight out of a horror movie. Who needs Chucky on the shelf?
Is the purpose of the elf on the shelf just to terrify children because fear is honestly the only response it elicits from me
Kate Tuttle says it's all a marketing gimmick—as if the holidays haven't been commercialized enough.
It's a doll that parents place around the house during run-up to Christmas. Parents warn their kids that the Elf is watching them to be sure they're being good. It's massively popular, with annual sales of $10 million and an expanding product line that now includes several versions of the Elf doll, plus book and DVD. And I detest it.
But aren't all traditions made up? Some people love the Elf on the Shelf because he affords endless creative opportunities. If kids and parents are having fun with it, what's the harm?
Many parents think the holidays are overwhelming enough without the pressure to come up with clever ideas for the Elf every night.