Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas 2011: The Creepy Elf arrives

Christmas is a holiday known for its traditions. Accordingly, some entrepreneurs have created "The Elf on the Shelf," which is essentially a commercial gambit masquerading as a cherished family tradition. Why bother to pass down family traditions when you can buy one at the store, right?

The concept is thus: you stick the elf on a shelf in your house, and he watches your children. Every night, he flies back to Santa, and reports on your children's behavior. The next morning, you are supposed to put him on a different shelf to illustrate to your gullible kids that he had indeed returned to the North Pole at night to report on their personal foibles to the House Committee on Un-Santa-ian activities.

Creepy, right? I'm supposed to endorse an invasion of privacy as a cherished family tradition.

Naturally, my mother bought one.

Welcome to my house Elf. Don't get into too much trouble.

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