Based on a 2004 children’s book of the same name, Elf on the Shelf tells the story of Santa who sends his elf-helpers into homes to find out if the children are being ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’. However, over recent years, the story has transformed into a festive tradition in which you can purchase your OWN elf and recreate its mission.
Elf on the Shelf first gained popularity in the States, but it’s fast becoming a popular practice across the rest of the world too.
In fact, instead of merely explaining this wondrous activity, why don’t we just show you?
Here are our pick of the most creative, bizarre and downright hilarious Elf on the Shelf examples that we’ve seen. Enjoy!
(And if you’re planning on taking part, there’s 24 ideas – one for each day until Christmas!)
“Hey look, I’m Santa!”
“But first, let me take an ELFIE!”
Who needs the North Pole when you’ve got a fridge?
“Just feeding a bunch of quacks.”
“No Grinch is stealing Christmas here, not on my watch!”
Rudolph doesn’t have a patch on Lightning McQueen.
Something tells us this is going to take a while…
“Someone call Santa!”
You’re gonna need a bigger… rope!
“Coming right up! Let me find my homework…”
(Don’t let your kids do that…)
Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul. WAS.
Cover your eyes, kids!
Must be Elves Gone Wild.
“This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.”
“Nothing to see here. Just an elf minding his business. Whilst doing his business.”
An elf’s gotta get his sugar.
(I wonder if it comes from green cows?)
“Let it snow, let it snow. Can’t be an elf anymore.”
“Day 17. They still don’t suspect a thing.”
“An elf’s gotta keep fit, you know?”
“Look at me, I’m a sprinkle angel!”
I guess this one’s a CHILLY dog.
What is this, GullELFer’s travels or something?
That’s how he rolls.
“Rub-a-dub-dub. In my Crock-Pot tub.”
24. (The night the Elf’s work is done)
“Toodles! Elf out.”