345486273_1383514475Ah, the holidays are here again. It’s a time for family, friends, celebrations, and traditions. Among some of the more recently established holiday traditions is the Elf on the Shelf. If you’re not familiar, what generally happens is that parents place the elf around the house in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The idea is that the children never know where the elf will be next, and he’s always watching. If they want to be on Santa’s list of kids who have been nice this year, they need to be on their best behavior because every night, the elf flies back to the North Pole to let Santa know whether they’ve been naughty or nice.

In short, the elf is a fun way to get little kids excited about the holidays.

On the other hand, a lot of people find the elf’s watchful gaze to be mildly terrifying. What really happens when the elf flies back to the North Pole at night? Or better yet, have you ever wondered what your elf does when you’re not home?

The Secret Mischievous Life of the Elf on the Shelf

Melting snowmen

TPs the house

Hopefully you won’t be in dire need of a bathroom when you discover this fun gift he left you

Band practice

Tea parties with other toys

Gets some exercise

Fun with photocopiers

But sometimes things take a dark turn for the elf…

Sleep tight!