Depending on who you ask, the Elf on the Shelf is either a cute holiday tradition or a plot to keep parents up even later than usual during the Christmas season.
For the unacquainted, the Elf on the Shelf is a henchman of Santa Claus who lurks in a family's home surveilling the children. The elf reports back to Santa and wrongdoings or malfeasance. Some parents say this makes the elf an invaluable tool for keeping their kids in line throughout December.
But somehow, the elf has also morphed into a way for parents to showcase their creativity both in the real world and on social media. Parents are supposed to hide their elf in a new place each morning — and some of them come up with more and more elaborate situations for their kids to find the elf in each morning.
For some parents, this is a welcome crafty challenge. For others, though, it feels like an extra piece of homework every single night in December. And this is why a lot of adults have had just about enough of the Elf on the Shelf.