Not into Elf on the Shelf? Here’s What to Tell (Lie to) the Kids

Elf on the shelf
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Alright, alright. I lie to my kids sometimes. Before you get all judge-y, remember that you do, too. After all, if you’re reading this, you are willing to tell your kids some lies about Elf on the Shelf. This trend, as adorable as it is, is time-consuming and stressful. Every night for a month, parents have to figure out new ways to surprise the kids with their elves. From ziplining across the living room to riding the train around the tree, the fun never ends. Well, for kids, at least.

For parents, the Elf in the Shelf may start out as a fun task, but it doesn’t always stay that way. Whether your family already has an elf, or you refuse to get one to start with, here are some clever ideas to tell your kids about the hottest trend in the North Pole.