The Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition has picked up massively in recent years and is now a firm festive favourite among families.

From raiding your sweetie drawer to having a snowball fight the elf gets up to all sorts while you are sleeping.

Sent by Santa to watch over the home his important job is to make sure children stay on the right side of that all-important naughty or nice list.

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The idea started in 2005 as a self-published rhyming book telling the story of a visiting elf from Santa’s workshop checking whether your children are being “naughty or nice”.

The book tells the story of Santa's day-to-day reporters, scout elves, who fly back to the North Pole every night and return to a family's home before the children wake up.

The elf then plays an ongoing game of hide and seek by hiding in a new spot every morning. Parents have made it their mission to stay true to the book's premise and stage cute, funny, memorable set-ups.

Over the past few years the ante has been upped as more and more households have brought in Elf on the Shelf.

This is what they've been getting up to...

1. Taking over the sofa

The elf really likes to make the sort of mess the children get told off about and they like to be joined by their friends.

2. Watching films

Of course their favourite film is Elf.

3. Making snow angels

It is not just the children who enjoy making angels in the snow.

4. Hiding in the cutlery drawer

Knife, fork and a elf!
Knife, fork and a elf!

5. Hanging out on the lampshade

Look up!
Look up!

6. Tied-up elf

You never know where you are going to find the Elf when you get up in the morning.

7. Wrapped-up elf

Wrap up your elf and pop them under the tree
Wrap up your elf and pop them under the tree

8. Toasted Elf

Your elf will stay toasty and warm here
Your elf will stay toasty and warm here

9. Jenga-playing Elf

10. Toasting marshmallows Elf

A sweet treat for the Elf too!
A sweet treat for the Elf too!

11. Taking an 'elfie Elf

But first, let me take a elfie
But first, let me take a elfie

12. Party Elf

The elves know how to throw a good party.

13. Leafy Elf

Bringing some nature to Elf on the shelf
Bringing some nature to Elf on the shelf

14. Pot bubble bath Elf

Let the Elf enjoy a splash free dip
Let the Elf enjoy a splash free dip

15. Elf in the shed

What a handy elf!
What a handy elf!

16. Elf in the fridge

It might be a bit chilly!
It might be a bit chilly!

17. Shoe Elf

A perfect hiding place!
A perfect hiding place!

18. Gone fishin' elf

19. Elves love sweeties

They LOVE sweeties and chocolate biscuits.

20. Climbing Elf

This elf is reaching great heights
This elf is reaching great heights

21. Greedy elf

22. Wreath Elf

A very festive hiding spot
A very festive hiding spot

23. Drawer Elf

Why not pop your Elf in the sock draw?
Why not pop your Elf in the sock draw?

24. Minion banana elf

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