Woman divides the internet with Elf on the Shelf prank

Woman divides the internet with Elf on the Shelf prank

It's the most wonderful time of the year... except not in this woman's household.

That's right, with the countdown to Christmas in full swing, parents all over the nation are struggling to come up with more and more ways of entertaining their kids with this mischievous helper of Santa's.

In case you're unaware of the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon, let me bring you up to speed.

It all started as a 2005 picture book titled Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. The book centers around a pixie scout elf who happens to be a mischievous confidant of Santa. An actual Elf on the Shelf toy is included with the book too.

Meet this woman who actually identifies as an elf:

 

They can be hidden anywhere in the house as they watch over the little ones before returning to the North Pole with their findings on which of the kids have been naughty and which of them have been nice.

The concept has become so popular that they've even started making miniature clothing for Santa's little helpers. This little game can also be a lot of fun for grown-ups as they come up with various hiding places along with elaborate scenarios for the elf. And some people have truly put a lot of thought into setting the scene for their elf.

However, a woman by the name of Shannon Renee has recently caused a stir online after she shared a photo on Facebook of what appears to be chicken wing bones, arranged to look like the "elf's body" on a plate.

The skeletal scene were accompanied with a cute little Santa hat - just like the one Elf on the Shelf wears - and a knife and fork.

Shannon captioned the post: "Someone please do this and record the kids when they find it."

The post has since gone viral, receiving more than 218,000 shares as of this writing, and some people in the comments section loved the dark idea.

"I'll do it in the morning. GOOD ONE", wrote Whitney Reynolds.

"I'm dying laughing," wrote one person, and another said: "I'm gonna get one just to do this."

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However, some people were not a fan of the idea.

Cathy Neal Luke Naynay commented: "you are mean, that would scar the kids for life".

Whereas another Facebook user typed: "Poor Elf! Don't let the kids see that".

So, is Shannon's Elf idea just a bit of dark humor? Or is it going a bit too far?