Photos of the anonymous mum's Christmas tree have been circulating on social media, showing it wrapped up with cellophane with an 'Elf On The Shelf' sat on top.
The family's elf, Elsie, explained in a letter attached to the wrapped up tree that Christmas is cancelled for now.
If that the kids want him to keep visiting, Santa to come, or to get any of their presents back, their behavior needs to seriously improve.
"Santa is very angry and I'm disappointed. Be good and say sorry to mum".
"Elsie" declares the children have one week to get their act together, lest the festivities be cancelled altogether.
"Children need to learn boundaries and respect".
"Parenting is hard, boring, frustrating and repetitious - credit to this family for having a bit of fun along the way!" another posted. But instead of looking like the traditional Christmas toy, the doll resembled a miniature version of Cranston. "You all have four weeks to improve".
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Another parent said it was awful parenting because it used threats and bribes to get children to behave.
'Consequences should always be directly related and immediate.
"Also it's so vague - what behaviour needs changing?"
'Be clear (and realistic) in your expectations and don't forget to model the behaviour you want to see'.
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"It's too harsh", one person wrote, "We used to say "Remember Santa's watching". No threats, no drama - and it worked a treat in our house".
This might be enough to convince some kids to behave, but others wouldn't be so easily swayed.
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