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15 Elf on the Shelf ideas for Christmas

It started off as a children’s picture book, but Elf on the Shelf has become an annual tradition for a growing number of families in the lead up to Christmas.

Since the Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell-penned book was released in 2005, it has seen parents take inspiration by hiding a toy elf for their child to find every day throughout advent.

Elf on the Shelf has been a popular new tradition in America for years, but the trend is beginning to cross the Atlantic - and hundreds of parents in Suffolk have been busy sharing their hiding places for the toy elf on social media.

December may already be a week old, but there is still plenty of time left to play hide and seek. Here is an idea for a hiding place for every day up until Christmas Eve.

Elf on the Shelf (23238066)
Elf on the Shelf (23238066)

December 9 - Watching a film

Wanting a family film night? This could be a nice way in.

December 10 - Garden Shed

Getting out of the house expands the possibilities for the elf’s travels.

December 11 - Letter box

It is Christmas card season. Could your elf be hiding in the post?

December 12 - In the fridge

Because who isn’t after some Christmas goodies?

December 13 - Tree decorating

If you’re tree is up by now, the elf could surely disguise as a decoration.

December 14 - Marshmallow Olympiad

We could be months from Tokyo 2020 but the elves are already in training. Weightlifting marshmallows with cocktail sticks or straws is one of their preferred winter hobbies.

December 15 - Open book

An elf could be completely hidden in a good book. But what might he/she be reading?

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Elf on the Shelf (23238102)

December 16 - Dangling from loft hatch

Or a door if you don’t have a loft.

December 17 - Canoeing in someone’s shoe

Another Olympic themed idea.

December 18 - Sitting in car seat

Could your elf be out and about?

December 19 - Off to work

Take the elf to work and send a picture of it back for your child to see.

December 20 - In coat pocket

You wouldn’t want the elf to get chilly this December would you?

December 21 - Toy cars

He’s already been on his travels in the back of a car, but now the elf is on travels of his own.

December 22 - Lego city

Build a world for the elf to roam.

December 23 - Toilet humour

An elf could perch happily on a toilet seat - just make sure he doesn’t fall in.

December 24 - Nativity

Christmas Eve is here - so what better way to finish off than have the elf present in a Nativity scene to spread the true meaning of Christmas?

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