5 For Friday: Things My Elf Would Do That Would Make Your Elf On a Shelf Culturally Uncomfortable

elf on the shelf puzzle

White America – here’s to you.

No, seriously. This isn’t a Brown Power blog making fun of you. Well, not completely. I love your contributions to our American heritage. You know, cookouts, singing Christmas trees, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The one thing I wish you’d left in the box: Elf on The Shelf.

I choose not to participate. My youngest is too old, at the ripe age of 8. I’m just as busy as any of you. I’d rather eat the snacks I’ve hidden from them and watch Ghost Adventurers on Netflix after they go to bed, not hide a damned elf.

Let’s face it: The Elf’s kinda … white.

Disclaimer: I actually found a darker-skinned elf on eBay, Spanish Edition, for $35. I thought there was a conspiracy at play until I noticed y’all are paying around $30 for the pale version. A $5 variance between races is within the accepted range.

But barely. You know what I could do with $5? That’s, like, five dollar-menu items.

No thank you.

Especially when I read blogs about the terror that little KGB-sponsored snitch inflicts on kids petrified about touching the little cretin or spilling the secret and thus ruining Christmas for everyone. That’s a lot of stress.

But let’s say I went along with this month-long scare tactic, for blogging purposes only. Rather than just printing out the lyrics to 50 Ways To Say Goodbye by Train and following them to a tee, here’s what a guy like me might do:

(I understand y’all name your magical munchkins. So, meet Rajonito, the wee Latino tattletale).


1. Tebowing. Or planking.

A good start. I think white folks invented planking. Tim Tebow, my hero, is actually white. But imagine Rajonito in the pious Tebow position, right alongside the wise men in the manger scene. Or, face down and prone, right on top of the manger.

Rajonito’s note:

Don’t forget the reason for the season. It starts with the baby and ends with Jesus. Merry Christmas! P.S. Be good. I’m watching. P.S.S. Don’t touch me. I mean it.

2. Blending in.

The kids would have a sense of humor about this. I think. I imagine adding a holiday ingredient to the milkshakes they so love: A dash of an elf. (They’re washable, right?) Rajonito would have his face plastered to the inside of the blender, arms wide, that knowing grin on his face.

Rajonito’s note:

Don’t get ‘mixed up’ with the wrong crowd, ninas. Or your favorite elf will ‘split,’ lickety-split. P.S. I’m watching you. P.S.S. Don’t tell your friends about me. Or else.

3. Thug life

I knew those colors were going to get this vato in trouble! You can’t go around all neighborhoods in all red and expect never to cross paths with the rival gang. Today, Rajonito would reassert his territory by spray-painting the wall and fridge – and

You can’t go around all neighborhoods in all red and expect never to cross paths with the rival gang. Today, Rajonito would reassert his territory by spray-painting the wall and fridge – and blame the kids.

Rajonito’s note:

Once you’re in, you’re always in. And Santa’s your boss. Comprende? P.S. We know who your friends are. P.S.S. You’re not going to wear that blue sweatshirt to school, are you?

4. Privacy, please?

I don’t even know if the kids have one, but I’m pretty sure they do: A Barbie or Little People toilet. Rajonito will welcome them on his throne, with a newspaper on his lap. Hey, elves are people too. Kind of.

I might add a Raisinette or two in the commode. You know, for authenticity.

Rajonito’s note:

Dude! Don’t you knock first? P.S. We know when you flush and when you wash your hands. Remember that. P.S.S. Spare some toilet paper, amigas?

5. Pay up – or the elf gets it

Rather than find their favorite gang-banger elf engaged in some mischievous undertaking involving candy canes and gumdrops, they find a bent cookie cutter and mess of powdered sugar – the scene of a struggle. Oh, and a ransom note:

Do WhAt We SaY, oR tHe ElF gEtS iT
oUr DeMaNdS: $7 iN cAsH, a BlOcK oF cHeEsE, aNd A sTaCk Of ToRtILLas.
P.S. oH, aNd A bOtTLe Of WiNe FoR yOuR mOm.
P.S.S. aNd WaSh YoUr DaD’s CaR.

You know, I might have to reconsider the whole elf idea.

This multi-cultural elf might be next year’s Tickle Me Elmo.

elf on the shelf quote


  1. Ashley T. says:

    Haha…I am white…and anti elf! This is so funny.

    1. White and Anti-Elf – on the next Geraldo.

  2. Amanda says:

    This is hilarious. Made me grin. And if my daughter hadn’t named her elf Sparkle, I would have totally stolen your name. Rajonito is way cooler.

    1. Glad you liked it! Cultural awareness *should* make us grin. Rajonito, by the way, means little snitch. I think. It could mean “small tortilla with a sausage link wrapped in it” and I’d be none-the-wiser.

      Sparkle could work, especially if you steal one of my elf ideas. I vote for the one that uses graffiti.

  3. Leslie says:

    This is hysterical!

  4. I am so out of touch!! I had no idea what “elf on a shelf” was – so I googled it. The story, the concept, the figurine – that’s just creepy!!! It certainly won’t become a tradition in my house! But you did remind me of our creepy Frosty jack-in-the-box (it occasionally wishes us a Merry Christmas out of the blue) – Big Guy will be sleeping in his old room tonight and it freaks him out. I must go hide it near his bed. Mwa ha ha!

    1. You’re not missing a thing, as you can see. Did you see the look on his face? He’s two strokes from being Chuckie.

      You’re evil with the Frosty jack-in-the-box, by the way. Pure evil. Is this how you Canadians entertain yourself after the Grey Cup?

      (How ’bout those Argos?)

      1. Sorry, I don’t watch sports…except during the Olympics…so I have to find other means of entertainment. Maybe I’m just a subtle evil genius?!?!

      2. I think you have the subtle evil genius market cornered!

        (I’m glad you’re on my side. You are, right?)

  5. Chris Carter says:

    I thought for sure I would be in the credits somewhere!! HA! You ROCKED THIS!!! HILARIOUS as ALWAYS!! But why only 7 bucks in the ransom note? I would sooo go for their allowances for the next year and AND their college savings… Oh wait- I don’t know about you, but we don’t have a college savings fund. Okay- at least get 35 bucks to reimburse for the damn Elf!! 😉

    1. You should be credited, for sure – your post inspired this! Seven bucks is a fortune to my girls. Heck, it’s a fortune to me! It’s like, two Happy Meals.

      No college savings fund here, either. Maybe the elf could swipe an old lady’s purse or something. I need a better plan.

  6. Rosey says:

    You would be a natural for the Elf on the Shelf! My husband would too, but when offered to review one, I politely declined. Too much work. 😉

    1. I can’t imaging adding the stress of perpetuating this little vagrant on top of finishing holiday shopping and just the basic upkeep that make me me – you know, the blogging, the fantasy football, the disc golf.

      A man can only take so much.

  7. Cynthia H says:

    Totally hilarious! I shared with my kids (early 20’s) and they thought it was hilarious too 🙂
    Don’t send the elf to steal my purse, by the way. No tengo dinero (my kids give ME an allowance, lol!)
    Oh, and I shared your post on my Facebook timeline

    1. Oh, this elf rates the comedic value without really meaning to. He’s already looked in your purse, and found nothing. If he had any semblance of a moral compass, he’d have left you a fiver at least!

      Thanks so much for sharing this!

  8. Hilarious times with the elf you don’t have. Thank goodness I missed that craze! Wonder what a redneck elf would be like!?
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I can imagine, right Barbara? I’m so glad we missed it, too. Maybe you should write about the redneck elf! (I’d love to read that.)

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