I’d never heard of Elf on the Shelf until a few years ago.
I’ll admit that I still don’t know a whole lot about the whole phenomena, but I think this is the basic premise…
Santa Claus knows who has been naughty and who has been nice because elves visit children between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Parents tell their kids about the elves by reading a book and placing the elf in a different location throughout the house every night so that the kids get the idea that the elves are watching them.
NBC News aired a story today about a family who has (with a little help from Photoshop) turned their youngest into a real-life Elf on a Shelf.
Dad Turns Baby Into Real Life Elf on A Shelf
by HALLIE JACKSON and MATTHEW VANN
Love it or hate it, the “Elf on the Shelf” is helping many families understand the meaning of Christmas.
And that’s what photographer Alan Lawrence realized when he turned his 4-month-old son into one.
“We’ve always just kinda called him our little elf,’ said Lawrence of his son.
Lawrence started working towards turning his son into a “real” elf simply by taking photos with his the tot around the house dressed as an elf — and then photo shopping himself out.
“He was special and he’s different,” said Lawrence, a father of six. “I want to celebrate the blessing that he is to our family.”
This is the first time Lawrence and his family have ever done Elf on the Shelf, but they didn’t anticipate the viral response they’ve gotten.
He even perches atop the shower in one photo.
And causes some Christmas tree mischief.
Lawrence has been at work earlier this year raising money and awareness for kids with down syndrome, inspired by his son Wil who’s been diagnosed with the condition.
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