Kim Kardashian West became so frustrated with collecting her children's Elf on the Shelf dolls every day until Christmas that she put them in "quarantine." In a series of Instagram Story posts, Kardashian said she was moving the elves around her house each day but forgot to do it one night before the kids woke up. So, she decided to put all four in jars and not move them at all. Now, the children will have to wait 10 days to play with them again.
"I can't take it anymore!! Our elves are in quarantine for 10 days," Kardashian wrote in the caption for one video. "I keep forgetting to move them! I need a break." She later showed a note she placed above the four jars. "Hi North, Saint, Chi & Psalm, we are on a 10-day quarantine," the note reads. "We will have our magic and will be back to flying around in 10 days!"
The Elf on a Shelf tradition started after the 2005 publication of Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell's book, The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. In the story, elves visit children each day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve to spy on them for Santa Claus, whom they report back to later. Parents are supposed to move the dolls around the house to show the scouts keeping an eye on them. The book and dolls became so popular that a holiday special, An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf, was produced in 2011 and a balloon debuted in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2012.
This season, The Elf on the Shelf is alive and well and adapting to 2020. Earlier this month, Elizabeth Banks helped spark a meme craze among celebrities, where they have celebrities or movies with rhyming names on their shoulders. Banks picked Tom Hanks, so her meme was "Hanks on Banks." Reese Witherspoon did "Gease on Reese," so she had John Travolta and Oliva Newton-John dancing on her shoulder. Mark Ruffalo put Iron-Man on his shoulder to have "Stark on Mark." Leslie Jordan's last name rhymes with James Corden's, so he made "Corden on Jordan."
Surprisingly, Kardashian has not gotten in on it, although she could pick many easy ones. She could go with any famous Jim to create a "Jim on Kim" meme, like Jim Carrey, Jim Parsons, or Jim Belushi. There are also many famous Tims out there, like Tim Burton, Tim Allen, Tum Curry, and Tim McGraw.