Mom hated kids’ Elf on the Shelf, so she hides it. But days later she turns on oven—it smells bad

December 21, 2017 1:25 pm Last Updated: December 21, 2017 1:49 pm

Decorating the Christmas tree, peeking at the presents, or even sitting in front of the fireplace are just some places you might see many parents’ worst nightmare, the Elf on the Shelf. But after Brittany Mease was forced to think on her feet without raising any of her children’s suspicion, we’ve learned of a new place you might find the creepy elf, in the oven.

Unfortunately for the family’s elf, Elfis, the clever hiding place led to his demise.

Like many parents, Mease is not a fan of the Elf on the Shelf.


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On December 1st, Mease thought she pulled a fast one on her children. Elfis arrived with a broken leg and blamed it on the kids leaving their toys out. Although the elf was patched up, he had to sit still for two weeks.

“Mom win, right?” Mease wrote on Facebook. “I just got a free pass to not worry about moving that creepy guy for TWO WEEKS! Heck ya!”

For two weeks Elfis stayed in the same spot.

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Fourteen days had come and gone and her children started to wonder. That’s when Mease had to think of something, and quick.

So, where does one quickly hide an elf? In the oven of course!

Mease quickly threw Elfis in the oven and planned on moving him when her children wouldn’t notice.

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If you think this sounds like a recipe for disaster, then you’d be right.

Mease went about her day—according to her Facebook post it had been a few days—and like anyone who has a million things to remember and take care of she forgot about Elfis, until her kids wanted leftovers for lunch.

“I preheated the oven and started cleaning the kitchen,” she wrote. “About 4 minutes later I started to smell something REALLY funky and that’s when all hell broke loose and I broke my son’s heart.”


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Just as she ran to get Elfis out of his temporary hiding spot, her son Gray came into the kitchen. He thought the elf had returned from visiting Santa.

“… his world fell apart as we were using kitchen utensils to get our burnt and melting elf out of the damn oven,” Mease sadly recalled.

Elfis suffered catastrophic injuries.

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Although Elfis survived, albeit with a decapitated head, melted feet, and burnt clothing, Mease still had find a replacement elf.

While her son Gray was upset over the loss of their elf, her daughter Ily seemed a little relieved. Apparently she was “glad the elf is gone because now he can’t tell on her.”

Her son was upset about Elfis’ unfortunate accident.

Posted by Brittany Mease on Monday, December 18, 2017

Since not even a decapitation could put an end to what some call a creepy tradition, Mease figured she’d have to call Santa for him to pick up Elfis and then she’d have to find her backup elf and use him instead.

The backup Elf was ready to fill in for Elfis.

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Mease wrote on Facebook that she actually received a message from “Santa” offering to pick up Elfis and bring him back to the North Pole, but she had another idea. Santa would deliver the “new” elf to her children.

“It’s a moment that I’ll never forget and my children won’t either,” Mease wrote on Facebook.

Santa came to deliver Elfis 2.0.

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Once Santa delivered the family’s new elf, Mease thought she was in “purgatory” once again, but to her surprise her son Gray had come up with an idea that put everyone at ease.

“He decided that it would be much safer that Elfis returns to the exact spot every time so he doesn’t get killed again,” she recalled after Gray showed her a note he wrote for Elfis.

Mease happily agreed with her son.

Gray made a spot so Elfis could safely return every morning.

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Looks like Elfis isn’t going anywhere.

Posted by Brittany Mease on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Elfis may have won the battle of the oven, but Mease deserves the award for the most epic Elf on the Shelf fail.