No Elf on the Shelf? No Problem!

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It’s that magical time of year, where Santa is watching every single move my kids make.

He sees them when they’re sleeping. He knows when they’re awake.

He knows when Miles is wiping boogers on his wall and when Alice doesn’t change her underwear for days at a time. He sees them when they tackle Simon and when Miles is peeing in random places around the house.

And how does he see all of this?

Through his Santa Cams of course.

Santa Cams are Everywhere

Not only does it detect smoke and fire – it also serves as Santa’s Camera to see if you’re being naughty or nice.

There’s one on every floor of our house. There’s one at every house we go to. They even have them at the mall, at restaurants, at school…

Santa is truly everywhere – and he’s always watching!

And – sometimes – if something really naughty happens – the Santa Cam starts to beep and flash. This is way worse than time out!

The months of November and December are full of magic – none of which is greater than the power of the Santa Cam.


  1. Janine Huldie

    November 30, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Oh man Anna, this by far was the best and most ingenious post. I am using the ‘Santa Cam” with my kids today to see how it works. Hell, I am willing to try anything just once to keep the kiddos in line!!

  2. Jill C.

    November 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

    You are a genius! I wonder if the parents of my first grade students would be unhappy with me if I used this at school? Thanks for all the laughs!

  3. Melissa Cinnamon

    November 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Damn that’s rad. If only I’d thought of that before my kids figured out what they really were.

  4. Kim at Let Me Start By Saying

    November 30, 2012 at 10:00 am


  5. Inna

    November 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Love this! Genius!

  6. Lisa

    November 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love this so much! I wish I had thought of this when my kids were little.

  7. Beth

    November 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm


  8. Sue

    November 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Oh this is so many levels of awesome. I’m introducing my kids to Santa Cam today.

  9. Shanna - Motherhood on the Rocks

    November 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Omgosh! I love it! I’m going to remember that one for when the diva gets older!

  10. Lori

    November 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I teach Pre-k at a private school that has motion detectors. They think that is our Santa cam. But those are special cameras for lots of kids. The ones at home are not as large. Lol

  11. Toni

    December 1, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I tell my kids the security cameras are Santa.

  12. sparkling74

    December 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I’m pretty sure you’ve got the next Elf on the Shelf type racket going on with the Santa cams! You better capitalize on that one really fast!

  13. [email protected]

    December 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Bahahaha – this is great! I love that Santa is not only keeping an eye on the kids but also working to keep us safe from fires – he’s a wonderful guy 😉 Great post!

  14. Rebecca B.

    December 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    But…. ours goes off every night at dinner time. Seriously… it beeps and my kid yells that dinner is done.

    I’m so bummed that I won’t be able to use this one!

  15. Malvina Girl

    December 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Pure genius! wow!

  16. anon

    December 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Yes nothing like threatening your children to keep them in line. I personally enjoy having my children live in fear of not being perfect.

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  18. Leah

    February 16, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Just now seeing this.. Hysterical!!

  19. Sarah Stäbler

    December 17, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Haha this is pure genius!

  20. Lisa R. Petty

    December 17, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I LOVE the idea of a Santa Cam. Brilliant!
    We have never had the elf on the shelf because I think of it as kind of creepy. The other day at Target, I had to explain the elf to my son, who is 16. When I was done, he looked semi-horrified. I said, “And that is why I never got you one.”
    I wonder if a teen would “buy” the whole Santa cam thing.

  21. Frugalistablog

    December 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Anna, you are a crafty little minx. And a genius.

  22. Gina Jacobs Thomas (@totallyfullofit)

    December 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    The gift that keeps on giving all year round!

  23. Tess @ Tips on Life & Love

    December 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Haha, brilliant! And it’s a lot less creepy than that Elf on the Shelf.

  24. rebecca

    December 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    This is great.I tell my son that the security cameras that are in stores and at traffic lights have a direct feed to Santa

  25. [email protected] Days

    December 17, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Hahaha …. our “Santa Cam” is our house alarm sensor – we have one in the living room and one in the corridor and whats even more awesome is when they flash that little red light and the kids think Santa is watching ! Oh the lengths we will go to!!!! I did not think of the smoke detector lol.

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