13 Parents Who Took Elf on the Shelf Too Far

Consider the bar raised.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Dec 2016
Elf on the Shelf having a snowball fight with Mensch on a Bench
Photo: Instagram

There’s nothing more magical than the holiday season for kids—but someone has to put their blood, sweat and tears into creating all that magic.

The countdown to Christmas and Hanukkah comes with a lengthy to-do list for parents, which, for this generation, often includes sneakily placing an Elf on the Shelf or Mensch on a Bench around the house so kids know somebody is monitoring whether they’re naughty or nice. Sound like another holiday chore? Not for these parents. Below, 13 parents who totally leaned into the Elf on the Shelf game (and probably enjoyed it more than their kids).

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