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Dad transforms son into real-life Elf on the Shelf


The charming photo series was meant to teach his children that they can do anything they want in life — a sentiment that extends to transforming his other son, 4-month-old Rockwell, into a real-life version of the Elf on the Shelf.

 (Photo: Alan Lawrence/ThatDadBlog.  com)

(Photo: Alan Lawrence/ThatDadBlog. com)

Ever since the “Elf on the Shelf” picture book was released in 2004, it has solidified itself as a beloved holiday tradition (one that may or may not be preparing your child to live in a future police state). Parents everywhere are getting more and more creative with their elf’s antics each year, but it’s pretty clear that Lawrence has come out on top in 2015 with these hilarious images of Rockwell.

“We have never had an Elf on the Shelf in our home, but the idea has always intrigued me,” Lawrence tells MNN. “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?”


The first photo in the series (above) was accompanied with the following caption:

“We woke up this morning to find and elf in our family room. Our neighbors seem to think he is part of the ‘Elf On The Shelf’ program, but we are still not sure. He doesn’t talk much, just sits around watching us and eats all of our food.”

Since launching the photo series, Lawrence has been chronicling all the mischievous elf’s antics, many of which are inspired by the recent holiday classic, “Elf.” From consuming copious amounts of sugar to festooning the Christmas tree with toilet paper and sticking cookies in the VCR, it’s safe to say Rockwell has been very busy this year!


Lawrence even incorporated the high-flying Wil, who was positively thrilled to miss naps and listen to the elf tell silly jokes about narwhals:


Can’t get enough of these comical Christmas portraits? The doting dad plans to post a new Elf on the Shelf portrait on his website,, every day until Christmas, so be sure to follow him and his family on Instagram, Facebook andYouTube for the latest updates.

In the meantime, continue below to see what kind of trouble the little elf has gotten into so far, with captions written by Lawrence.

“So the elf is still hanging around. I made pancakes this morning but we had to eat them without syrup because he wouldn’t let us touch it – just sat on our bananas and watched us eat. Hoping to get more answers today about how long he plans on staying.”
“Heard some giggling sounds last night coming from the front room. Flipped on the lights and caught him red-handed. Somebody needs to start earning his keep around here.”
“Every morning the elf insists on throwing marshmallows at me while I eat my sugarless cereal. I don’t like marshmallows in my cereal, I’m not four years old!”
“So I ended up taking all of the syrup and candy canes out of the house hoping the elf would leave but it only made this worse. He deliberately let me see his report to the big man tonight as a scare tactic. ‘Dear Santa, They have not been feeding me enough sugar.’ I think he is serious about sending it.”

“The elf has been a huge help wrapping presents this week, but I was not as grateful when I stumbled to the bathroom in the middle of the night and found this present.”
“Tonight we left the elf all alone in the house for the first time. It was very nerve racking for me. I was so happy to pull in the driveway and not see my house on fire. The elf wouldn’t stop bragging about beating Godzilla at every game we own.”