A NEW festive craze is sweeping South Tyneside just in time for Christmas – and now we want your ‘elfie selfies’!
Children across the borough are being extra good thanks to the Elf On A Shelf.
The storybook comes with a cuddly elf, which keeps a watchful eye on youngsters and reports their good behaviour back to Santa.
However during the night, the naughty elves, with the help of mum or dad, often get up to mischief.
Already Facebook is awash with pictures of the mischievous characters, and the Gazette wants you to take ‘elfie selfies’ of your child and their elf.
Here is Harry Burdis, aged three, from South Shields, who was delighted to discover his elf called Buddy had decided to hide in his Christmas tree.
However, Buddy had been up to mischief by eating his mum Ashleigh’s advent chocolate.
Ben the Elf has also been misbehaving for the Martin family in Jarrow.
Here he is on the sofa with Jacob, Matthew, Alicia, Charlotte and Emily. But mum Liz is hoping he’s not going to be as naughty as last year.
She said: “Last year, Ben wrapped the tree in toilet roll, made snow angels all over the house with flour and I swear he spiked my coffee with wine on Christmas Eve.”
Tommy, three, and Alfie Walesby, four, from Whitburn, are also being extra good for their elf Dave.
However, mum Louise has already caught Dave swinging from the lampshade by tinsel.
Betsy Reed, eight, from South Shields, is hoping Eddie the Elf will tell Santa nice things about her.
However, her little sister Lucille, one, wasn’t keen on posing for an ‘elfie selfie’ and toddled off, so she might now be on the naughty list.
Send us your ‘elfie selfies’ ‘by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org of upload your picture to the ‘Share Your Story’ section of www.shieldsgazette.com.