I really don’t envy parents these days.

When I was growing up a chocolate advent calendar was more than enough, but these days with the – pardon the pun – advent of social media, mummy and daddy are having to come up with more and more creative ways to entertain their children during the festive period.

One of these recent traditions is ‘Elf On The Shelf, where an elf with an attitude is sent from the North Pole to keep tabs on children during the day and report back to Santa at night.

Each morning the miniature figure pops up in a different place, waiting for kids to catch him – meaning parents have to come up with inventive ways to put the little guy in new scenarios.

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas, or you’re just curious, you’ve come to the right place – although some of these are pretty dark…

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Told you some of them were pretty messed up…

H/T: Bored Panda