Elf on the Shelf

Creepy Elf 500Okay, personally, I think the idea of an elf on the shelf is just super-creepy. Creepier than the idea that one old man knows when you’re sleeping and when you’re awake. I mean, it’s an apparently inanimate object that’s spying on you all day and then going off to report on you at night. How is that not creepy?

But, here you go. A perfectly nice, ordinary, non-creepy, elf spy on the shelf.

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8 thoughts on “Elf on the Shelf

  1. writingbolt says:

    I’d rather have an elf on the shelf than one of those (creepy) ventriloquist dummies (like the one they show in a certain insurance commercial, lately). I’ve rarely seen a scary or bad elf.

    I suspect your idea of creepy involves a lifelike face. And, maybe Toy Story scared you a bit.

      • writingbolt says:

        I don’t know anyone who follows this “tradition.” There may have been one former coworker who mentioned the film/story. But, I can’t recall if they did keep an elf on a shelf.

        And, if it creeps you out, what made you draw one?

        • Karen B. Jones says:

          In my kid’s school, some families do this. It was trendy for awhile.

          I drew it because it was part of the rough for a commission I did. The elf wasn’t ultimately used in the piece, but I still had the rough sitting there. I liked how the body turned out, so I decided to finish it off. Just because it’s creepy doesn’t mean it’s not fun to draw. 🙂

          • writingbolt says:

            Hmm. Maybe that school has some connection to the source/author? Or, one teacher had a strong enough interest in the story that her/his influence/interest spread.

            It was part of a rough draft for a commission but not used later why?

            I suppose. I’ve drawn a few creepy things when the mood strikes. But, I tend to steer away from that sort of thing lest some creep come to life.

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