House and Home

12 Clever, Crazy and Creepy Places People Hid 'The Elf on the Shelf'

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 (Reuters)

Ever year around the beginning of December, homes across the globe start experiencing a strange infestation from a colorful little critter. (No, not the carpenter ant, but good guess!) We're talking about a clever creature called "The Elf on the Shelf," and he seems to be popping up more and more frequently these days.

If you're not familiar with the phenomenon, allow us to explain: It all started relatively recently, when authors Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell wrote a book called "The Elf on the Shelf." In it, they encouraged parents everywhere to adopt a tiny "scout elf" to watch over the their children and report back to Santa on a nightly basis. The idea was a hit, and now millions of families are the proud owners of these festive little humanoids. 

These elves, however, have a reputation for being slightly mischievious. For starters, none of them really like to sit on shelves anymore, with most preferring to hide themselves away in strange places — and put themselves in even stranger situations.

To see what we mean, take a look at where these elves have been spotted this holiday season:

In the Fridge

 

Oh Ollie! #elfontheshelf #tistheseason #december #elf #troublemaker #naughty #christmas

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Dec 1, 2015 at 9:58am PST

Taped to the Inside of a Cabinet

 

Day 2, Buzz ain't best pleased with our Xmas visitor #elfontheshelf

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Dec 1, 2015 at 9:55am PST

Inside a Protein Shake Bottle

 

Now how am I going to drink my shake, Rosie??

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Dec 1, 2015 at 9:50am PST

Blowing Chunks in the Bathroom

 

Faith has been very bad!! Lol #ELFONTHESHELF #DRUNKELFONTHESHELF #CHRISTMAS2015

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Dec 25, 2015 at 3:56am PST

Getting Mauled By a Raptor

A photo posted by Carolyn Bell (@taitins) on Jan 9, 2016 at 9:37am PST

Stealing Your Ornaments

Eating All Your Cheesy Crackers

 

#elfontheshelf #Ididntdoit #cheezits #holidays2015

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Dec 1, 2015 at 9:28am PST

Hoarding the Toilet Paper

Chillaxing in a Wreath Made of Marshmallows

 

In the marshmallow wreath this morning! #elfontheshelf #catchinguponpictures #sorrynotsorry

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Dec 1, 2015 at 8:52am PST

Getting Roughed Up By a Stop-Motion Yeti

 

Bumbles bounce.... But do elves? #ElfOnTheShelf #25DaysOfElfDeaths

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Dec 1, 2015 at 8:31am PST

Doing Your Hair

Staring Into Your Soul When You Wake