So how about that whole "Elf on a Shelf" phenomenon, huh? When you think about it, it's kind of weird, the idea of an extra tiny person just showing up at your house and wandering around every night while you sleep, causing mayhem.
That's what Utah dad and photographer Alan Lawrence felt, anyway. And to prove his point, this past December he turned his infant son Rockwell into a real life "Elf on a Shelf" to show us how crazy this new tradition actually is.
And he documented the whole series on his website, ThatDadBlog.
When speaking to USA Today, Lawrence noted, "My wife and I have never done 'Elf on the Shelf,' but we've always been fascinated by it: This idea of telling your kids this elf lives in your home and causes mischief at night; we started to wonder how would parents really react to that."
"Tonight was the first night the elf [ate] dinner with us. He never broke eye contact with me the entire dinner. I asked him repeatedly to get off the table but he would just throw noodles at me," Lawrence wrote on his blog.
You know what they say: Fish and shelved elves begin to stink after three days.
Well, you'd be happy to know that these dangerous-looking photos were actually safer than they appear. Lawrence admitted in an interview that he was actually securely holding onto Rockwell the whole time, before Photoshopping himself out of the scene later.
This isn't Alan Lawrence's first brush with Internet fame, either. He posted another photo series titled "Wil Can Fly" earlier this year. It featured his son Wil, who has Down Syndrome, flying all over the world.
Here, the two Internet superstars share a magical moment together. This must have been what it felt like to be at Live Aid in 1985.
As the photo set goes on, at some point it seems to venture out of the parody "Elf on a Shelf" territory and into the general frustrations of being a parent zone. Maybe that's just what comes with trying to take staged photos with your infant son every day while he only wants to shove cookies into the VCR.
Ah yes, that all-too-familiar dad moment in which even the bed isn't yours anymore. Here, Lawrence recalls, "I think the elf is taking the phrase 'he sees you when you're sleeping' a little too seriously. The kids don't mind him at night but I refuse to have an elf watch me sleep."