Elf on the Shelf has rocketed in popularity in recent years, and is now a highlight of the festive period for many families.
While some parents stick to the basics, putting that cheeky elf in a pile of flour or in some old rubbish – some parents take things a step further.
Mischievous mum Claire Henderson, who is in her 30s, takes naughtiness to the extreme – even if it means sabotaging her own property.
So far, her naughty elf has graffitied their home in, Worsley, Manchester, dyed their dog green, sprayed her car and filled the bath with crisps and sweets.
The mum-of-three said: “I absolutely love Christmas and my sons Jaeden, 12, and Harley, seven, love anything naughty. We have been doing the elf for 7 years.
“Jaeden knows it isn’t real any more but he still finds it funny. He likes to join in now for his brother and sister. He even sprayed my car with me.
“They were so shocked when they saw the elf had spray painted all over the living room walls and smashed holes with a hammer.
“I wouldn’t usually do that but the wall is going to be knocked down soon so I thought ‘why not?’
“I then thought it would be a good idea to spray the car with snow spray. One of the neighbours even messaged my partner to ask if I was ok, as I was outside in the freezing cold, graffitiing my own car!
“Harley woke up and was wondering why the elf hasn’t done anything naughty – he was gutted until he opened the curtains!
“They were in hysterics.
“I was worried in case the spray stained my black car but thankfully the wonderful staff at a car valet washed it off whilst laughing at me.
The elf doesn’t just specialise in spray-painting, but filling the bath with food too.
Claire puts boxes and pillows in the bath then covers them.
She said: “I used ten bags of chilli heatwaves once and five bulk boxes of gummy bears. The bath has even been filled with slime and hot chocolate.
“None of which have gone to waste as we eat them all after.
“The elves have also been known to host epic breakfasts which involve a spread of cornflake cakes and ginger bread men.
“I felt sorry for the teachers that day sending the children, and some children we invited off our street, in after a sugary breakfast.”
Claire shops for elf props all year round as she likes to go extreme every day.
Her home has been filled with poo emoji balloons, a giant snowball, wrapping paper and even her dog Honey has been at the brunt of the joke.
She said: “People think I am a little bit crazy but I love Christmas and making the kids happy.
“If I see something that will work, I will buy it and store it in the loft until December.
“I enjoy elf on the shelf as much as they do.
“Even our golden doodle gets involved who has been dyed green ahead of a trip to the groomers.
“The groomer thought I was mad, but people still talk about the green dog who came for her appointment. She’s probably going to be purple this year.”
Jaeden has recently been duct taped to the door by the elves.
One-year-old Remi is yet to understand who the elf on the shelf is but Claire intends on filling her home with unicorns and princess inspired pranks when she does.