What did your Elf on the Shelf get up to in the lead up to Christmas?

The best Elf on the Shelf mischief from Christmas 2017 Photo: Shane Smith
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Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Courtney Wilson.

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Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Debbie Harvey-Price.

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Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Hannah Lee.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Hannah Lee.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Hannah Lee.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Hannah Lee.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Hannah Lee.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Hannah Lee.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Hannah Lee.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Hannah Lee.

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Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Jess Neilsen.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Jess Neilsen.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Jess Neilsen.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Jess Neilsen.

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Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Megan McMahon.

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Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Nicole Hann.

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Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Zara Infante.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Zara Infante.

Elf on the Shelf inspiration from Zara Infante.

TweetFacebookElf takes hostages. Picture: Cassandra Gendle

December can be a tricky month. School’s coming to an end, it’s getting hot outside, school holiday boredom sets in almost immediately and ohmygodthere’ssomuchtodobeforeChristmas I’mbusygooutsideandplay. Elf to the rescue.

What you need: As many elves as it takes to guard the contraband.

Fart in a jar Elf: the ultimate mystery. Picture: Jodie Stewart

Let’s face it, this one has all the elements: mystery, suspenseand, most importantly, the most hilarious of all bodily functions (or so kids seem to think). Now this one sounds dangerous and the storyis just full of holes, but it’ll have them chuckling like there’s no tomorrow. How did the elf get in there? Why did the elf get in there? Who put the lid on? Why didn’t he fart while the lid was still off?So many questions, so little time to answer.

What you need: one elf, one jar, and a note. Bonus points if you can seal in some steamed broccoli fumes. That’ll really get them.

Hot tub party, elf style. Picture: Jess Neilsen

Ignoring the fact it’s probably 40 degrees outside, apparently elves are cold all year round –must be something about being from the north pole. And they’re very busy little critters, so they need a bath. Double-down and make it a hot tub party!

What you need: all the elves you’ve got, extra family members or guests, a bag of cotton balls, a tiny towel or twoand a hotel shampoo.

Selfie Elf.

Guilt trip Elf gets jobs done. Picture: Kelly Monley

Hey, why not use the elf to your advantage? You know, you can make any old task into a rhyme. “Roses are red, violets are blue, be nice to each other or I’ll tell Santa on you!” is a great start. “Christmas is near, the elves are about, please be a dear, and put the bins out” has a nice ring to it, too.

What you need:One elf, one mirror, one rhyme and a texta.

Mechanic elf, for those last-minute repairs.FINALLY, an elf that’s not making a mess or causing havoc. Actually being quite helpful. This right here is a Christmasmiracle. Maybe leave it near something that’s broken and see if anyone else in the house catches the hint. If not, well, you’ve still made it through another night of Elf on the Shelf.

What you need: one elf, one toy car/tractor/motorbike, several blocks or something to raise the car on, toy tools. Vegemite for oil stains optional.

Snowman kidnapper Elf.

Treasure hunt Elf. Picture: Zara Infante

One elf, hyped-up kids, a bit of sugar and an activity that could keep them occupied for a good couple of hours if you really want to –what’s not to love? Hide some treats, set up the elf with the note and let the little ones at it while you get stuff done.

What you need:one elf, one note, booty for the treasure hunt (we suggest candy canes).

Elf makes an important announcement. Picture: Chelsea Neems

Granted, this one would take some serious effort and won’t apply to everyone, but if you’ve got big news, this could be the way to go about it.

What you need: one elf, a pregnancy test and somewhere comfortable for the elf to lay their head. Maybe a support team as well.

Elf goes on a post-it rampage.

Elf makes some new fruity friends. Picture: Hannah Lee

Bello. Luk at tu! Tulaliloo ti amo. Bee do bee do bee do. Minionese, huh? Turns out these tricky elves can be good pals with the hilarious homemade minions hiding in the fruit bowl.

What you need: one elf, bananas, a texta and a true love of Minions.

Rave Elf and friends

How the heck did you get in there Elf.

Christmas Eve Elf –it’s almost over. Naughty Chuckles at the Mayne St cafe in Gulgong. Photo: Stephanie Limn

Well, really, Christmas Eve is a Sunday, but you get the drift. After a hectic few weeks of planning, purchasing, hiding, hiding again, whycan’tyoustayoutofthatcupboard, re-hiding, wrapping and placing under the tree, you’ve earned it. And so has the elf, who has somehow kept everyone on their toes for the last 23 days.

What you need:As many elves as you like (no one likes to party alone), 12 small cups, two ping pong balls, one sign and a ready-to-party attitude. Tell the others it’s BYO.

And of course, if you just. can’t. keep going, there’s always this.What you need:One elf, a tissue or two, electrical tape and a texta. Glass of celebratory wine is optional.