NOTE: For those of you who've been under a rock avoiding Christmas and are just now emerging, let me explain that Elf on the Shelf is an overpriced book + toy elf combo that is making the author rich as people buy, buy, buy it. The idea is that the elf is not to be touched by children, but that it reports back to Santa every night about the kids' behavior and then is "magically" in a new spot each morning. It also means that parents must come up with some 2 dozen new things for the elf to do every single Christmas season. And now they're selling birthday stuff for the elf, so
So, here's the basic elf (image pulled from a yahoo search):
But here's the thing: the Elf on a Shelf is NOT new. In fact, not even the style, size, facial features, etc. of the elf are new. They're all freakin' copied from a 1950s fad.
Don't believe me? No problem. I have proof.
But I seriously think the older version has cuter clothes. Look at the little boots and the pompon buttons! And he has a striped union suit on! So much cuter than the new one, which has stumps instead of feet.
There you have it. Elf on the shelf is NOT new. Not by a long shot.