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It’s not everyone’s cup of hot cocoa, but there’s no denying that the Elf on the Shelf has become a holiday tradition. For the uninitiated: The elf doll is meant to keep an eye on the kids and make sure they behave in the lead-up to Christmas (and if they don’t, the elf will tell the boss, aka Santa). Parents move the creepy cheeky little guy every night while the kids are asleep so they can wake to find him in a new (magic!) location each morning. But coming up with new ways to display him can be tough.

Enter these genius Elf on the Shelf calendars.

Some fun ideas include “Elf gets caught eating ice cream in the freezer” and “Elf has a shaving cream beard.”

Want something a little more low-key? This “Slacker Edition” calendar has ideas like “Elf is in the Christmas tree” and “Elf forgot to move. He's counting branches.” 

Basically, these awesome cheat sheets take the brain work out of your Elf on the Shelf-ingSo you can get back to the real business of sipping eggnog and wrapping 8,007 gifts.

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