Elf on the Shelf conditions your kids to accept the surveillance state

What are we teaching our children?

Elf on the Shelf.
(Image credit: Illustrated | Jason Knott / Alamy Stock Photo)

Elf on the Shelf is the worst addition to American Christmas festivities of the last half century. Yes, even worse than Love Actually.

The elf is a small toy with a smarmy face that children are not allowed to touch lest they break its supposed magic. Each night from Thanksgiving on, parents place it in a new location, typically with a clear view of the most trafficked room of the home. From there, the kids are told, the elf will observe everything they do and rat them out to Santa Claus. Should they misbehave, this puckish narc will ensure their Christmas haul shrinks accordingly.

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