It’s 4 December, so elves have been popping up on shelves around the globe to mark the countdown to Christmas.
In case you don’t know about the Elf on the Shelf (or elves on shelves), they live in a family’s home in December and, through elf magic, travel to the North Pole at night to report they day’s good and bad behaviors and activities to Santa.
Hiding in a new place every morning, they engage the family in a continuous game of hide and seek – and, in times of Instagram, Twitter and Co, entertain those who don’t have an Elf of their own, by getting up to plenty of antics.
Sometimes they play harmless pranks…
…find alternative uses for kitchen essentials…
Looks like Elvis had a relaxing night! #elfontheshelf #elvis #hamillfamilydiaries A photo posted by @ashhamill on
…or turn pantry staples into an alternative for snow…
Sir Brussels decided he wasn’t cut out for administrative work, so he volunteered to help keep the supplements shelves stocked up! He got bored quite quickly, and decided to get creative with the protein powder! I think he misses the snowy North! #SirBrussels #NaughtyElf #ElfontheShelf #ClinicFun #SnowAngel #Christmas2015 #ProteinPowder #CornerstoneNaturopathic #StMargaretsBay #NovaScotia
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…which sometimes gets them into trouble.
They’re back at it again! They are basically the miniature versions of my kids. Always getting into trouble #elfontheshelf #whydoidothistomyself #Christmas #christmaself #bahumbug A photo posted by Ashley Fabila (@ashleyfabila) on
Which doesn’t stop them from being cheeky. Some elves are just downright rude, though.
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This one may have chosen the wrong role model.
What’s it going to be then, eh? #elfontheshelf #naughtyelf #aclockworkorange #alex #christmas #iconic #violence A photo posted by @mother_elfer on
But still, most of their antics remain harmless.
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…most of them.
This one put us off cookies for the moment…
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… and you might want to give that wine glass an extra rinse.
Someone couldn’t wait to use the toilet! 💩We got the naughty elf Tom… #elfontheshelf #December2nd #naughtyelf #poop #winecup #christmas A photo posted by Guatemalangirl!!!!💃💃💃 (@free_happylife) on
Speaking of wine, this Elf prefers a bottle over a shelf…
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…and this one’s fondness for less legal substances hopefully won’t land him in trouble.
#elfontheshelffun #holidays #christmas #elfontheshelfideas #naughtyelf #elfonashelf A photo posted by Keith Peckover (@keithpeckoverphotography) on
There’s no denying that sometimes the Elf on the Shelf can be creepy.
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Occasionnaly, they mess with the wrong people.
Uh-oh #naughtyelf #elf #ransom #trouble #toomuchJD A photo posted by @firewifeelly on
And the dogs were so creeped out, they took matters into their own… teeth.
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Just make it look like an accident, maybe.