Dad shares hilarious photos of his real-life Elf on the Shelf


Whether you love or hate (or love to hate) the popular Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition, one family’s real-life version is sure to spread some holiday cheer.

>> Read more trending news

Alan Lawrence is a dad of six in Paradise, Utah, who has been photographing his youngest son, Rockwell, as a tiny human-sized elf since December 2015.

If you’re unfamiliar with Elf on the Shelf, the story goes that Santa Claus sends these elves into homes with children to find out whether the kids have been naughty or nice. Overnight, the elves get into all sorts of mischief, before eventually settling into a new part of the house (or a new shelf).

In the morning, it turns into a fun hide-and-seek game for the kids in the morning.

In Lawrence’s case, Rockwell or “Rock the Elf” has been up to no good from the very start. During his first visit, Rock hogged up all the syrup, got in the way of nap time, jammed cookies into the VCR and even toilet-papered the Christmas tree.

Whoops.

And every Christmas since, Rock the Elf has made his way back to taunt Lawrence some more. Here he is last year, ready to wreak havoc.

But this year, Rock managed to escape the North Pole much earlier than he was allowed to, so an angry Santa Claus stripped him of his elf certificate and sent Elmer the Elf (a toy Elf on the Shelf) to re-certify Rock and “keep him in line.”

It doesn’t really look like it’s working, though. Rock the Elf is out of control. Lawrence documented some of the hilarious chaos on YouTube:

All of Lawrence’s photos and videos are posted to his website, That Dad Blog, where he shares his “joys and challenges of being a father,” including his experiences raising their second youngest son Wil, who has Down syndrome and “the ability of flight.”

Last year, he and his wife launched WilCanFly.com, a site where the family sells special calendars featuring delightful photos of their blonde haired boy in flight at Disney World, on the beach, over canyons and more.

Proceeds from the calendar sales go to two popular Down syndrome foundations, Reece’s Rainbow and Ruby’s Rainbow.

Read more at ThatDadBlog.com.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Memphis boy, 9, missing since Friday after not coming home from school
Memphis boy, 9, missing since Friday after not coming home from school

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, need your help finding a 9-year-old boy.  A City Watch was issued for Dewayne Alexander on Saturday night. Police told WHBQ that Alexander was walking home from school Friday in the 3300 block of Ford Road, but he never made it home. He has not been seen or heard from since.  Alexander is described...
Missing brothers: Pittsburgh police searching for 2 boys who disappeared Friday
Missing brothers: Pittsburgh police searching for 2 boys who disappeared Friday

Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers.  Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. >> Read more trending news  According to a news release, the two brothers are known to frequent the Brookline area.  Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts ...
Regular exercise can prevent older adults from falling, study says
Regular exercise can prevent older adults from falling, study says

Falls and fractures among older adults can lead to long-term disabilities. However, doctors have now found a simple solution to avoid accidents: regular exercise.  Researchers from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently conducted a review, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, to determine the best...
Man intentionally ran mother, 80, off road, deputies say
Man intentionally ran mother, 80, off road, deputies say

A man intentionally ran his 80-year-old mother off the road Thursday as she was trying to drive to the sheriff’s office to get help, investigators said.  Roger Wayne Lincoln, 58, crashed into his mother’s car around 6 p.m. He was driving in a red 1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as she was driving to the Payette County Sheriff&rsquo...
American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at Florida airport
American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at Florida airport

An American Airlines plane flying from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Palm Beach International Airport developed a hydraulic leak Saturday afternoon.  Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the airport after the plane landed safely at the gate at about 1:07 p.m, according to Capt. Albert Borroto. The plane -- which was scheduled to land...
More Stories