A parent has sparked a debate for giving her daughter a "festive punishment" so that she knew Santa was watching over her.
Mum Tori, from US, said she borrowed the idea from the naughty "Elf on the Shelf" and came up with a prank when her three-year-old girl was misbehaving.
Admitting that they are a "Christmas after Halloween family", Tori showed her parenting trick on TikTok and said: "Our daughter was an absolute s*** today.
"Elfie is going to have a little surprise for her when she wakes up."
She heads outside the home and picks a pebble from the front garden, painting it black so that it looks like a small piece of coal.
Tori then places the "coal" in a red gift box and hides the Elf doll before including a note that writes: "To: DJ"
In a follow-up video, Tori shows her daughter's reaction as she reads out the note: "Reindeer DJ, I had to go back to the North Pole to tell Santa how mean you have been.
"I am sad! Please be good so Santa will bring you lots of presents, see you soon. Love, Elfie."
When the girl finds a dirty rock in the box, her dad says: "Yeah, bad kid gets coal."
Many parents disagreed with Tori's idea and said she ruined the Christmas spirits.
One wrote: "Now it lost its magic because you touched it."
A second penned: "Great, she's traumatised now."
"When I was a kid, a friend got coal because he was the absolute worst," a third commented. "People say it was mean but he'll tell you it."
Tori hit back at the mean comments and said: "My daughter thought it was hilarious.
"I'm sorry for anyone who took this to heart or had a bad experience with their parents. My baby is loved unconditionally and she knows it."
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