One of the most beloved American holiday traditions is "Elf on a Shelf," during which adults tell children an elf doll is watching them and reporting their good and bad deeds to Santa Claus.

An equally beloved tradition is messing with and posing these elves in compromising positions and scandalous situations. 

In an effort to keep the holiday spirit alive and kicking, Metro has composed a gallery of the 10 naughtiest elves of Instagram. Some of these elves love a good visit to the strip club, some drink a little too much, and some are just downright lewd. 

Have fun and happy holidays!

Matt Lee is a Web producer for Metro New York. He writes about almost everything and anything. Talk to him (or yell at him) on Twitter so he doesn’t feel lonely @mattlee2669.