So, shelf elves date back to the 50's, then re-imagined in a book in the early-mid 2000's.

Now, Elf on the Shelf is a toy that parents place around the house to keep tabs on the kids. At various times the elf is moved to give the appearance that it is watching over the our every move and will then report back to Santa about our behavior.

Well, now the Elf on the Shelf has taken on a new life on Instagram. People are taking pictures of the elf in various places, positions and scenarios. Many of which, are funny and inappropriate, to say the least.

So, instead of making you do all the work in hunting down these funny pictures, I decided to scout some out for you. I'll continue to add to this gallery, so keep checking back.

I decided to show the 'darker' side of the Elf on the Shelf, so proceed with caution. Some images NSFW.

If you have found some funny Elf on the Shelf pictures that you want to share, just shoot me an email with the link and we'll post it on this page.

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