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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A man who calls himself “Creepy Elf” is posting pictures posing on St. Louis landmarks to social media. Pat Waterkotte dresses in a red suit with a stocking cap reminiscent of the “Elf on a Shelf” Christmas tradition. He says he is doing it to make his Facebook friends smile.

“The reason why I do this is that it brings smiles and laughter to a lot of my Facebook friends who requested me to do this. With all the negativity and the craziness going on in this world if I can make 1 person smile it is all worth the while.” said Pat Waterkotte.

“The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition” is a children’s’ book that came out in 2005. An elf visits children in the story between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. He tells Santa Claus who is naughty and nice. Many parents now put a plastic elf in their homes to help keep kids in line.

Waterkotte posted this caption to one of his Facebook pics, “Yes that’s right Creepy Elf is back. One last year. He said screw it. Haters can be hatin. If there is just one person that he puts a smile on their face then it is all worth it. Tis the season hope you all enjoy.”