December 5, 2023 at 11:46 am

She Threw Away an Elf on the Shelf After Husband Pulled Abusive Pranks On Their Kids. – ‘Lucas was his first victim after he didn’t do his chores.’

by Matthew Gilligan

Source: Reddit/AITA/Unsplash/@helloimnik

You ruined Christmas!

Yikes…no one wants to hear that.

But this woman’s husband accused her of that and now she wants to know if she was out of line for what she did.

Let’s get started…

AITA for throwing away the Elf on the Shelf and “ruining Christmas” for my kids after my husband’s prank?

“This year was the first time we would try the “elf on the shelf” with our kids.

We have 3 kids, Lucas (9M), Andy (8M), and Claire (5F). Where Lucas and Andy are from our past relationships. However, Miles (my husband M37) has accepted Andy as his, and so did I (F35) with Lucas.

One of the kids has a birthday right around Christmas.

Every Christmas is special for Andy, his birthday is on Dec/24. His dad started a tradition where Santa would’ve consideration with him for being a “kid of Christmas”. So he feels magical and special. I always try to give him that. Last year, i left “Santa Claus” footsteps, ate a carrot and “grass” he left for Rudolf. Stuff like that.

They came up with another idea.

My husband doesn’t think it’s a good idea i do all that for him, and I’m showing favoritism. So, we should shut it down, because of my ex’s decision to create a tradition without considering my other kid’s feelings. I disagree since i do consider the 3 of them. But he asked if we could so smth else, like the Elf on the shelf. I had no problem with it, but I didn’t know how that works. He explained me quickly, and since he was the one who offered, i let him do it.

We bought the cute Elf. My kids named it “Bob”.

Later my husband explained them they should behave, and never touch/hold Bob if they don’t want it to be naughty.

At first, it was cute to see them spy on Bob, try to see it “fly” each night. Andy was the most excited of all, i found him one night talking with it, asking it if Santa still remembered him.

“The elf” spun out of control.

But my husband took seriously the “Behave or Bob would be naughty” part.

Lucas was his first victim after he didn’t do his chores. The next day his face was drawn with sharpie markers.

Then Claire, who touched Bob and her fave onesie was destroyed. Apparently, Bob had cut some pieces of it, while she was sleeping.

Miles was having fun, but i could see my kids weren’t.

I talked to him about how we should lower the pranks, he agreed but wanted to catch Andy since he hadn’t break any rules. I told him that Bob’s supposed to tell Santa instead of being naughty. We argued but he finally agreed.

Her husband claimed he didn’t know where the elf went.

Fast forward, it’s Christmas Eve and in the afternoon we had some of Andy’s friends to celebrate his bd. So the kids were playing in backyard. But my husband looked sus. I decided to look for Bob. It was supposed to be in the kitchen but it wasn’t there, I asked Miles where it was and he told me “no idea”.

And then, the big reveal.

I started getting paranoid, but Andy asked me if we could cut the cake already. I put my best face on and went for it. The cake was in a box, and when Andy opened the box. He starts crying. I take a look and it’s ruined. “Bob” was covered in all of it, appearing he had been eating the cake. Half of the cake wasn’t there anymore. Miles starts laughing and so did some of the other parents.

My blood is boiling and i grab Bob and throw it in the trash, Then i grabbed Miles. We have a terrible argument, calls me an ******* for what i did to Bob, that I’ve ruined it, how are we supposed to keep the “magic” with our kids if i wasn’t supposed to touch Bob.”

Check out what people had to say about this.

This person said she’s NTA but her husband has a screw loose.

Source: Reddit/AITA

Another individual said her husband is a bully.

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This Reddit user said this guy is CRUEL.

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Another reader asked this woman a good question…

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And one person knows exactly what this says about her husband.

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Oh boy, that doesn’t sound good.

I hope these folks can work it out!