What’s On Our Shelf This Christmas?

You may have heard of the Elf on the Shelf.  Perhaps it’s a long standing tradition in your home.


If you haven’t heard of it, you can check out the Elf on the Shelf official website, or check out some fun Elf pictures here.

Well, we don’t have an Elf on the Shelf at our house.  That doesn’t mean our shelves are entirely empty.  Nope, we have something on our shelf.

Brace yourself.

It’s not an elf.

(As if that’s not obvious.)

We’re not exactly sure what it is, exactly.

But we’re sure it’s not an elf.

We’re not sure if it’s reporting back to Santa Claus, either.

But it sure gets around the house.

It seems to feel right at home, here.

Should I be concerned about that?

I’m trying not to be, because it really does seem to be trying to fit in here.  I mean, we found it reading the blog.

It’s even volunteered to help us kick off Gingerbread Week at A Trip to Holland.  (Seriously, Gingerbread Week starts tomorrow.)

We’re calling it our Christmas Creature.

You know there’s a story behind this.  You’re waiting for it, right?  Here it is:

We recently celebrated the Bionic Man’s birthday.  In our family, birthdays are celebrated with a favorite meal.  The Bionic Man’s favorite meal is anything that includes lobster.  So we had lobster, along with some other seafaring crustaceans and shellfish.  It was a decadent dinner.

And it inspired quite a bit of creativity on the part of Justone.  From the leavings of our lobster, Justone created the….um, Christmas Creature.

We started out just taking a couple of pictures of Justone with his creation, but things sort of….escalated.  Before I knew it, I was following my children all over the house, snapping pictures of the Christmas Creature’s adventures.

I can’t recommend a Christmas Creature as a long-standing tradition.  I’ll be frank, it didn’t smell so fresh.  Our Christmas Creature is now hanging out in the yard near the birdbath, where my children are hilariously wondering when it will be noticed by unsuspecting callers.

Come back tomorrow, when we’ll be celebrating Gingerbread Week here in Holland!


  1. Oh my goodness this one was quite funny!! Love it!

  2. Wow. That is quite disturbing! OMG! Crazy. And Hilarious.

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