Family & Parenting

12 Hilarious Thoughts Every Parent Has Had About The Elf On The Shelf

"If anyone gifts the Elf on the Shelf to my children this year I'm going to burn it in my backyard on Facebook live."

It used to be that taking kids to see Santa was the stressful event of the season: the crowds, the tears, the itchy matching outfits. Now, it’s a whole new world with Elf on the Shelf.

If you’re not familiar, Elf on the Shelf started as a children’s book in 2005, but now it has become an essential part of holiday traditions. Children wake each morning to find the Elf in a new location and often in sticky situations. For children, this ignites awe and joy—for parents it’s … well … less enjoyable.

Day after day, parents have to come up with a clever new scenario for the Elf to delight their little ones. And the whole thing can get a little exhausting. Parents can’t let the kids know they’re true feelings about Elf on the shelf. But they can take to social media to vent to one another!

Here are some of the funniest Elf on the Shelf rants on the internet.

1. Hey, The Struggle Is Real

2. You Can’t Be Expected To Remember Every Night

3. Leave The Elf On The Store Shelf

4. It Could Always Be Worse

5. Priorities!

6. It’s Not Old—It’s Vintage

7. No One Wants That Gift

8. The Importance Of Home Security