Christmas is speeding on its’ way, bringing with it a variety of tasks and traditions that can either bring the joy or put a damper on holiday enthusiasm. One such tradition that has been making a mark on millions of families the past few years comes in the form of a tiny, stealthy spy sent from Santa himself to keep kiddos in line. The ubiquitous Elf on the Shelf comes with a strict set of rules, moves about your house while you sleep, can’t be touched by “humans” and is ready to tattle to Santa about your smallest slip-up.

Santa's favorite little helper may have shown up at your house Friday, but if you are looking for another fun way to celebrate than bringing out that pesky elf, here are eight other alternatives.


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