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24 of the most creative 'Elf on the Shelf' displays

From a Radio City Rockette to an Instagram superstar, here are 24 creative displays for your elf this holiday season.
by Julie Pennell /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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It’s no secret: the Elf on the Shelf inspires a love/hate relationship for many parents.

The joy that Santa’s little helper sparks in a child’s heart and the fact that because he or she is always watching your kid (and keeping them well behaved) makes the Christmas tradition a hit. But, as parents know, it can be an annoying task to move him into a new position every night, especially when you’re tired and not feeling very creative.

If you’ve committed to doing the tradition, there’s no turning back, so you might as well make the most of it. Luckily there are plenty of parents out there who are executing well-thought-out and hilarious positions and scenes for their elves that can inspire even the biggest Elf on the Shelf haters.

Below, see 24 of the most creative displays we’ve come across. Some are super easy, some a little more involved, but all are likely to generate smiles.

1. Bubble Bath

After a full day of watching the kids, anyone would need a good soak.

2. Medicine Cabinet Mischief

For those nights when you’re feeling super tired, a box of Band-Aids can be a quick fix.

3. Gone Fishin'

Some Goldfish crackers and a few supplies found around the house make this display a great catch.

4. Hot, Hot, Hot

Heat things up, especially on the days when it's snowing outside.

5. Helping out The Salvation Army

This elf pitches in to raise funds and awareness for The Salvation Army. He's just so charitable!

6. Staircase Rescue

Gather up the Elf’s friends and stage a rescue attempt.

7. Elfie Selfie

Even elves love taking pics of themselves. #saycheese

8. Reindeer Ride

It’s better than the car during rush hour.

9. Spider-Elf

If you’ve got the energy, this one’s a hit on the web.

10. Radio City Rockette

A fun way to kick things up a notch.

11. Movie Night

Treat yo-elves to a relaxing night in.

12. Hanging Around

If he wants to venture outside, here’s an easy way to let him hang.

13. Zip-Lining Fun

He’s such a risk-taker!

14. Elf on Strike

Sometimes you just gotta do this.

15. Make Some Noise

Earplugs (thankfully!) not required.

16. Under the Weather

For when your elf needs a sick day...

17. Instagram Influencer

See how many likes this one will get!

18. A Day at the Aquarium

The North Pole probably doesn’t have an attraction like this.

19. Grumpy Elves

Turn that frown upside down!

20. Stinky Shoes

Maybe have some yummy candles on hand for this day.

21. It’s Magic!

Let’s just hope he can put her back together.

22. Pageant Beauty

Beautiful on the inside and out...

23. Holiday Help Booth

Elf on the Shelf help booth
Stephen and Sara Zenter

Sometimes you just need someone to talk with.

24. Breakfast Spaghetti

Elf on the Shelf spaghetti
Stephen and Sara Zenter

If Buddy the Elf loves it, yours will, too.

This article was originally published on Dec. 5, 2016 on TODAY.com.

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