This dad dressed up as Elf on the Shelf for 24 days

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Over the years, many parents have dressed up as Santa, Mrs. Claus, or even their elves for Christmas, but a dad in New Brunswick, Canada is taking it to a whole new level this Christmas.

Joe and Megan Wynberg, a delightfully whimsical couple from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, have played a prank on their kids this year that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives (and maybe describe to a therapist someday, but who are we to judge?)

For 24 days, Joe Wynberg is dressing up exactly the like the Elf on the Shelf doll that has become so popular since it was introduced in 2005 in an illustrated children’s book by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell.

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The concept behind the elf, for those who are unfamiliar, is this: Each family has their own personalized elf, either male or female. The elf “spies” on kids for Santa Claus to see if they’ve been “naughty or nice.” All day, he hangs out in each family’s home in a special spot, and the next morning, he (or she) has moved to a new spot–after coming back from the North Pole to report to Santa on the kids.

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The elf is flexible and bendable and can be in just about any position. Joe Wynberg is too, which is why he makes such a great elf–that, and the incredibly elaborate red velvet elf costume he’s wearing. Joe will be donning this elf costume for all of December, leading up to Christmas Day.

He’s snapped a picture each morning when the kids find him, and he and Megan have posted the results on Facebook for their friends and family to see and delight in during the month of December.

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The elf, dubbed “FLE,” has photographed himself making a mess on the stove, making another mess down the family chimney, hanging upside down from a single string of Christmas lights, even pinned under a fallen Christmas tree. Megan said she had to duct-tape the elf to a wall to curb his antics.

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“So [the elf] has been trying to get in the house all day. Then I found him doing this,” wrote Megan.

“I may have to bring him back in before the neighbors call the cops.”

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The photos are delighting children and adults all over the Internet to see this dad’s creative take on the now-familiar Elf on the Shelf story.

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“The kids are going to be so surprised!” wrote Megan. “[The elf] will be in some pretty precarious spots over the next 24 days!”

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He’s made angels out of a bag of flour in the living room, too–simulating a snow-covered wonderland and showing everybody that Christmas can be both magical and hilarious. Some would argue that the pictures are a little too out there–perhaps not even appropriate for younger children. But we think the sense of fun they display is something everyone can enjoy.

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We don’t know what the kids’ reactions are right now, but presumably these are memories they won’t soon forget. We hope all parents take a cue from the Wynbergs and start thinking of interesting and hilarious ways to make their holidays more magical.

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