Meet the real Elf on a Shelf – 10-month-old Finn from Tobermory

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Ever year little elves wreak havoc in homes across the world in what is known as the Elf on a Shelf tradition.

It started in 2005 with an American picture book about how Santa sends an elf to watch over children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, to make sure they are well behaved.

The idea is that Santa’s little helper watches the children by day, and each night, he or she returns to the North Pole to report on whether the children were naughty or nice.

However, when ‘everyone’ is a asleep, the little helper comes to life and leaves behind something, usually a mess, for the child to find the next morning.

One Tobermory mum, Naomi Marsh, has taken the idea to another level.

Speaking to The Oban Times, Naomi, who runs the Island Crafts shop on Tobermory Main Street, said: ‘My son is now 10 months old and doesn’t really catch the concept of “The elf on the shelf”, so I decided to make him the elf of the shelf.’

From December 1 until Christmas Eve, Naomi and her partner, Nathan Mortimer, posted one photograph a day of their son Finn dressed as an elf, getting up to all sorts of mischief.

In one, he had sabotaged a family portrait. In another he was caught laughing after writing ’10 more sleeps’ on the mirror.

He was also seen in front of the toilet, which was completely covered in Christmas wrapping paper – with a roll of paper in his lap.

Other photographs show Finn on the CalMac ferry, making ‘snow’ angels with flour, and tying his mum and dad up with Christmas lights.

Naomi said it has been great fun and plans on doing it again next year.

To find the rest of the photographs, search #FinnTheRealElf on Facebook.