Parents and non-parents alike are familiar with the Christmas phenomenon known as the Elf on the Shelf. Based on a 2005 children’s book, parents often place the elf at different locations throughout their houses in the days leading up to Christmas, making sure their kids know that Santa’s little helper is watching them at all times, so they better be good for goodness’ sake.

Well, not everyone loves the Elf on the Shelf. Let’s face it, he’s a little creepy. And how are you supposed to come up with a whopping 25 different locations or scenarios for this little guy around your house? Especially if you don’t want to repeat yourself year after year. In fact, Business Insider wrote that parents are actually stepping away from the elf this year, and a writer at The Week thinks that the elf is “Creepy with a capital C.” Fair. 

If you’re one of these parents (or members of the general public) who are kind of over the whole Elf on the Shelf thing, or if you’re looking for clever out-of-the-box ideas, you’ll enjoy these posts.

1. ´╗┐Comedian and mom Carolanne Miljavac says what we’re all thinking: “I don’t want to do Elf on the Shelf.”

My mama had a "Hickory Switch on a Shelf". #ElfOnAShelf #Humor #KillinMeSmalls

A post shared by Carolanne Miljavac (@camiljavac) on Dec 5, 2017 at 11:11am PST