UPDATE: The family is at it agin in 2016 - see the latest photos at the bottom of this article!
An American father of six children has taken the elf on a shelf trend to a whole new level by casting his young son as the elf.
Blogger Alan Lawrence set up the super cute series of snaps after becoming intrigued with the elf on a shelf concept.
"We have never had an Elf on the Shelf in our home but the idea has always intrigued me. Parents letting elves in their homes to watch their kids and cause mischief," he told Buzzfeed.
"Then one day someone told us that Rockwell looked like an elf and the idea came to me. What if a real life elf came to live with us for the holidays and how would I react in real life to having it show up to live with us."
In the pictures, a totally adorable Rockwell is seen engaging in mischief including wrapping the toilet in Christmas paper, putting cookies in the VCR and playing Connect 4 with Godzilla.
Lawrences poses his son for the photos, but then edits the pictures himself to place elf Rockwell in amusing situations.
Lawrence says he plans to release a new photo each day in the lead up to Christmas. Our ovaries are hurting, are yours?
UPDATE: Lawrence and his family are at it again in 2016! Here are some of the latest photos they've shared ...
So far the elf mischief has been pretty mild, but that’s usually how elves are - they gain your trust and then next thing you know your toilet is full of jello and your slippers are filled with pudding. He did however, bring some useful tools. Last year he said we didn’t have enough lights around the house, so he brought a Light-O-Matic 3000. It can shoot over 1000 pre-lit lights a minute and uses a 30 Volt Polar Power battery. Last night Zac got a taste of the Light-O-Matic when he tried to steal one of the elf’s candy canes. The elf lit him up like a Christmas tree and made him stand in the corner for 15 min. #rocktheelf
I'm pretty sure that jet pack is not FAA certified. The elf left early this morning, after finishing a big bowl of syrup and noodles. He was complaining about the lack of snow so far this month and told us he was going to pay a visit to Jack Frost. The weather report keeps telling us it's going to snow, but freezing cold winds usually come in and push it out. Apparently the elf got to meet Jack Frost last year on a hiking excursion with his buddy Cornelius. Could this get any more weird...probably. #rocktheelf