This morning, I saw where a few of my Facebook friends described a Christmas decoration as "creepy."

The Elf on the Shelf is derived from a book, describing how elves visit children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. They then return to the North Pole to report to Santa and let him know who's been naughty or nice.  Since the book's release in 2005, these "Elf on the Shelf" dolls have been used as Christmas decorations.

Personally, I've never cared for figurines in a home.  They remind me of the "dolls" scene in the movie "Tales from the Hood."

Don't judge me, but every time I see figurines in a person's home, I imagine them running around at night.  Then, there's this lady who gives parent tips on where they can leave the little creepy things to really give the impression that the elf is watching.

Of course Santa Claus has become a Christmas staple.  Children all over the land expect to receive gifts from a fat man that breaks into their homes through the chimney, he sees them when they're sleeping and knows when they're awake, and he knows if they've been bad or good!  If THAT doesn't sound like a stalker, I don't know what does!

Has the process of trying to answer questions or the very mystery of Christmas and "gifts out of nowhere" caused Christmas to become creepy? What are your thoughts?