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
5. Hanging out on the lampshade
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
8. Toasted Elf
9. Jenga-playing Elf
10. Toasting marshmallows Elf
11. Taking an 'elfie Elf
12. Party Elf
The elves know how to throw a good party.
13. Leafy Elf
14. Pot bubble bath Elf
15. Elf in the shed
16. Elf in the fridge
17. Shoe Elf
18. Gone fishin' elf
19. Elves love sweeties
They LOVE sweeties and chocolate biscuits.
20. Climbing Elf
21. Greedy elf
22. Wreath Elf
23. Drawer Elf
24. Minion banana elf
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