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Elf on the Shelf Is Back!

It's December 1, and you know what that means!

The Elf on the Shelf—or elves, really—are arriving in homes this week, ready to report on whether kids are being naughty or nice. And parents are ready to report on social media just how ornery or clever their own "elves" are acting.

The annual tradition, which got its start in 2005 with a self-published book written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, has so-called "Scout Elves" visiting kids from the North Pole between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The boy and girl elves, which the children name (Jingles and Tina Tinsel are just a couple of examples), move each night and can sometimes even get into a little trouble.

Since 2005, the "Elf on the Shelf" book and toys have exploded in popularity. In 2013 and 2014, the book even reached No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Now, parents—including celeb mom Busy Philipps—are getting into the "Elf on the Shelf" spirit by showing just how creative they can get with their #ElfOnTheShelf.

Now it's your turn!

Image via Instagram/jdougy

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