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Friday, December 9, 2011

Spy on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf. I never heard of this tradition until this year. I think it started the same year the Patriot Act was signed.

Basically you get a little elf guy who and put him somewhere in your house and tell the kids that if they're bad the elf will tell Santa and he'll send the gifts to China or something. The idea is to move it around so the kids never know where it could be. To be honest it kind of creeps me out. I half expect it to show up taped to the bottom of the toilet lid or suddenly see it in my rear view.


  1. Well, sort of.'s "elf on the shelf" page, says that the "elf on TS book came out in 2005. Patriot act was created in 2001. Maybe the patriot act inspired the book.

  2. This is perfect for my three boys...I think I'm going to have to steal it.

  3. Ha! I totally made up that it came out the same year as the Patriot Act. Odd that it's so recent. I figured people had been doing this for centuries. Seems old school.