I'll be the first to tell you that I never really got into the whole "Elf on a Shelf" scene, but enjoy checking out the creativity others.

Every year, if it wasn't obvious, the number one reason I can tell that it's getting closer to Christmas is when my Facebook newsfeed turns into a treasure trove of "Elf on a Shelf" photos. Now, I don't have kids of my own, which is half the reason why I'm not a participant in the whole "Elf on a Shelf" scene, and probably also why no elves have shown up randomly at my house.

As nice as it would be to wake up on Christmas morning to a little elfish mischief, I just don't see it in my cards this year.

Below is a compilation of some of the best elves in the SouthCoast area who seemed to have gotten themselves into a bit of trouble from "T.P."-ing Christmas trees to making a mess on the couch. Enjoy this gallery in hopes that it brings as much Christmas joy to you as it did to me:

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