Chances are, if you've spent any time around kids over the last decade or so, you've heard about the Elf on the Shelf. The elf hangs out in your home and keeps an eye on the kids, reporting back to Santa Claus any misbehavior — or good deeds — that occur. At night, while the kids are fast asleep, many elves get into a bit of trouble themselves, making messes or leaving surprises for the kids to discover upon waking. While most find the elf cute, these creepy Elf on the Shelf memes prove that not everyone feels quite as enthusiastic about this seemingly harmless doll.
The concept of the Elf on the Shelf being a physical watchdog is a little bit scary, for kids and adults alike. Kids are worried that anything they do wrong will be immediately relayed to Santa (and thus scooting them closer to the naughty list), while some adults find the look of the elf doll itself to be a little bit creepy. Whether your family has an Elf on the Shelf in your own home, or you're one of the lucky ones that gets to be entertained by the elf from a distance, there is no denying just how creepy these elves can be.