This 'Elf on the Shelf' Does Some Crazy Things

PHOTO: An "Elf on the Shelf" poses for a portrait.Christine Chrysoulakis
An "Elf on the Shelf" poses for a portrait.

People are getting creative with their beloved "Elf on the Shelf" this year, and the ubiquitous Christmas toy is showing up in the weirdest places.

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For some families, watching for the elf to "appear" in funny locales and curious poses is as much of a holiday tradition as leaving cookies out for Santa.

Take a look at some of our favorites, like this elf making a snow angel. Or, a mess on the kitchen counter, depending on how you look at it:

Or this elf, who decided he's ditching the North Pole for a sunnier spot:

Traded in the ice skates to try out some golfing in sunny Yuma! #elfontheshelf #thankspinterest

A photo posted by Annette Howard (@annette_howard) on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:38am PST

At least Twinkle is being productive:

Maddy was so tickled to see her toes done this morning... "I told Twinkle to stop doing weird things, but she won't listen to me." #elfontheshelf

A photo posted by Mary Shrontz-Morgan ?????????? (@shrontzinator) on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:32am PST

And this one just wants to have fun. But who knew elves could play beer pong?

Or lift weights?

Day 23... Flex my #ElfOnTheShelf is apparently all about his gains lol ???? #FunnyElf #Gains #theelfontheshelf

A photo posted by IFBB Figure Pro (@paulinkamora) on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:31am PST

Seriously, the fridge?

But it's not all fun and games. These elves are getting ready for the busiest day of the year:

Uh-oh. How did this picture get in here?

This is why I find sitting on Santa's lap a little creepy. #naughtyelf #elfontheshelf

A photo posted by @mom2kyandem on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:28am PST

Another elf up to some mischief:

Pawl was one busy Elf last night! He TP'd our Hospital Administrator's office! #elfontheshelf #pawl #CPVH

A photo posted by Claws & Paws Veterinary Hosp (@clawsandpawsvet) on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:25am PST