Tanya Lee, 30, is an English mother with a macabre sense of humor. But it backfired when she teased her 5-year-old that The Grinch made a snack out of Yuletide watchdog Elf on the Shelf, even going so far as to provide pictures of the crime scene.
The toddler was so distraught at the photos it brought him to tears and now he keeps the Grinch safely away from the spying Christmas gnome.
Lee thought the joke would make a wonderful social media post so she uploaded the storyboard to Facebook.
Using the bones from a chicken dinner, Lee placed them in a stick figure shape and added “blood” to make it look like the elf had been cannibalized by The Grinch.
Lee gives the breakdown of her prank according to The Mirror:
“We had had roast chicken on Sunday and the bones left a perfect elf-shaped skeleton so I thought I’d play this joke on Oscar. I went for it, and left the skeleton out as if the Grinch ate Elf on the Shelf,”
“But my little boy cried and cried. He cried for half an hour. His first words afterwards were ‘the Grinch shouldn’t have eaten her. The Grinch is not allowed to eat her’. I had to open the cupboard and show him that the elf was actually hiding and that it was just a silly little joke.
“He was traumatised but I found it hilarious.
“He was relieved when he found out but he still will not look at the Grinch toy at all. Every time I put the elf near the Grinch now, he moves it away.
“He knows he is not allowed to touch the elf but he moves the Grinch as he thinks the Grinch is going to eat the elf again.”
Some social media subscribers who saw the timeline weren’t as amused, one saying, “I’m not surprised he was traumatised. It’s not a nice joke to play for a child.”
But Lee wasn’t bothered by the backlash.
“It was funny. I laughed so much at it. I didn’t think he’d react like that but it’s still funny. I know I probably sound like a bad parent but it was too funny.
“He’s my child at the end of the day and if I think he can cope with it, then I’ll do it. He can cope with it. I gave birth to my child so I know my child. He was fine with it. He cried for a bit but he was fine after that.
“People are good at being keyboard warriors. I don’t mind a few negative comments though.
“I half expected these negative comments online. There have been some positive ones actually though. Some people just loved the picture.”
But don’t call Child Protective Services just yet, Lee made amends by showing her son the Elf of the Shelf was okay.
“I had to open the cupboard and show him that the elf was actually hiding and that it was just a silly little joke,” she said.
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Source: The Mirror