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This Cute Naughty Elf Probably Won’t Make It To Santa’s Nice List

“He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, gotta find out who’s naughty, who’s nice.”

So goes the lyrics of the classic Christmas song “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” With these words, countless parents have reminded children to be good, especially during the holiday season.

But what about Santa’s little helpers?

Well, this series of photos from Alan Lawrence, a Utah-based father, shares with us some possible scenarios if one of Santa’s elves isn’t really as nice.

Entitled “Elf on the Shelf,” the pictures feature Rockwell, Alan’s adorable 4-month-old son. The little boy is dressed up in a red elf costume that his mother made. The ad director dad, on the other hand, came up with hilarious scenarios and so they then went ahead for a fun-filled photoshoot.

With a little creativity and photo editing magic, the images quickly became a social media hit, capturing the hearts of many. Needless to say, the photos are guaranteed to make you smile.

Here are some of them:

Flipped on the lights and caught him red handed. Somebody needs to start earning his keep around here. #rocktheelf #elfontheshelf

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Christmas Elves In Pop Culture

Traditional American folklore tells us that a Christmas elf is a creature that lives with and helps Santa Claus in the North Pole. Usually, the elves wear green or red clothing plus they have pointy ears and hats. They do various chores such as making toys, wrapping gifts, and taking care of Santa’s reindeer.

The Christmas elf was first introduce in literary by writer Louisa May Alcott way back 1856 and has since been a staple Christmas character.

In “Santa Claus: The Movie,” the elves are shown creating traditional toys by hand. In 2003, Will Ferrell starred in the comedy movie entitled “Elf.” In “Rise of the Guardians” by Dreamworks Pictures, elves are portrayed as short creatures who played musical instruments. The yetis, on the other hand, made the toys.

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