This might be the biggest parenting win we’ve ever seen.
“Around the first week of December a random elf showed up in our family room,” Alan Lawrence wrote on his blog.
The father of six then posted photos of his 4-month-old son in full Elf on the Shelf costume along with captions about how the little gnome is adorably disrupting the Lawrence household.
The Elf on the Shelf is a cultural phenomenon that’s only 10 years old, and actually can be traced back to Chanda Bell. The legend is fairly straightforward: the elf reports to Santa on a nightly basis regarding children’s behavior.
“We have never had an “Elf on the Shelf” in our home but the idea has always intrigued me,” Alan told LittleThings. “Then one day someone told us that Rockwell looked like an elf, and idea came to me.
What if a real life elf came to live with us for the holidays and how would I react in real life to having it show up to live with us.”
It’s not surprising that Alan Lawrence managed to reimagine his persnickety elf as his son. We’ve long admired his creativity. After all, he’s the same photographer who made his beautiful son FLY!
Please check out Alan’s photographs below, and be sure to visit That Dad Blog for more inspiring family photography! Don’t forget to SHARE with your friends!
Alan imagines a world where his personal Elf on the Shelf communicates with Santa via Etch A Sketch. This report reads: “Dear Santa, They have not been feeding me enough sugar!”
Alan has created a modern-day Christmas fairy tale, updating his fans with photographs and funny captions on his Facebook, Instagram, and blog with hilarious explanations of what his mischievous elf is doing in each photograph. “I think the elf is taking the phrase ‘he sees you when you’re sleeping’ a little too seriously. The kids don’t mind him at night but I refuse to have an elf watch me sleep,” Alan wrote on his Facebook page.
The elf is apparently not just watching to see who’s naughty and nice — he’s causing a bit of his own trouble, too.
“He told me that he needed to borrow my phone to make an emergency phone call to Santa. When I got my phone back I noticed there were no outgoing calls but my camera roll was loaded with selfies (which he referred to as ‘elfies’).”
According to That Dad Blog’s Facebook page, Alan is unable to eat breakfast during the holiday season without risking being pelted by marshmallows.
Recognize the boy beside the elf? That’s Alan’s son, Wil! A while back, creative dad Alan made his son fly in this whimsical photo series.
Elves on shelves do not care about your personal privacy, apparently.
Alan catches his personal Elf on the Shelf taking a break to play a quick round of Connect 4.
My personal favorite shot is of this 4-month-old elf getting his sugar fix by stealing the family’s syrup. Kudos to Alan Lawrence and his family (and his elf) for spreading a little Christmas cheer via social media!
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