This creative mum is taking Elf on the Shelf to new heights

Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf, a popular Christmas tradition, relies on parents finding new places to hide the elf each evening – for a whopping 24 nights. If you’re stuck for ideas, Kerry Surman has set up some incredible scenes that are sure to inspire you…

Kerry Surman lives in Kent with her three sons: Tye, nine, Tre, nearly three and Tex, five months.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 children’s book written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. It’s a Christmas-themed story explaining how Santa Claus knows who’s being good and who’s being bad.

The elf from the story has more recently been manufactured as a toy that watches over children in the lead-up to Christmas, checking their behaviour (naughty/nice). The rules are that children can’t touch the elf, or he loses his magic – and that he can only be moved at night.

So parents across the world are spending their December evenings trying to find hiding places for the elf. But once the obvious spots have been done – book shelf, window ledge, mantel piece – where can the elf be hidden?

Well, Kerry Surman has come up with nine amazingly creative places to hide the elf. If you’re in need of some ideas, this should help…

Elf on the Shelf hiding place ideas

How is your Elf on the Shelf going? Are the kids playing along and behaving well? Where have you been hiding him?