12 hilarious thoughts every parent has had about the Elf on the Shelf

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

9. A New Holiday Song

10. That’s One Way To Handle It

11. A Parent’s Galactic Revenge

12. Remembering The “Reason For The Season”


In 2013, the Hanukkah counterpart, Mensch on a Bench, hit the market. In December 2014, it appeared on “Shark Tank” and earned a deal with Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec. It seems that Mensch is far less demanding than Elf:

Whether you’re an Elf family or a Mensch family, we wish you good luck this holiday season!