A mum has totally pranked her kids by shaving the word 'elf' into the back of her son's head - and blaming it on the 'Elf on the Shelf'.
Amanda Johns has used the festive trend for the last three years to entertain her youngest daughter, seven-year-old Tegan, in the lead-up to Christmas. But this year, the 39-year-old mum stepped it up a bit, by getting her teenage son Iestyn involved.
The 16-year-old thought he might have been safe from the elf, but his mum had other ideas. Showing it was a pre-meditated incident, mum-of-three Amanda asked her son to miss his weekly barbers' appointment.
Getting Iestyn to pose as though he was asleep, Amanda shaved the word 'elf' onto the back of his head and put the elf next to him for a photo.
Little Tegan saw the photo in the morning and was of course, totally shocked.
Iestyn is used to being part of his mum's jokes. Amanda, from Swansea, Wales, has given him a makeover in the past, which included false lashes and red lipstick.
The business owner said: "I posted the photograph of Iestyn's new hairdo on Facebook and everyone was shocked.
"They thought I had actually shaved his hair in his sleep, but I am not that cruel.
"He is the best big brother and will do anything to make his little sister smile - she looks forward to the elf's antic every morning.
"She runs into my room and asks, 'Where is the elf?!'
"But when she found him in Iestyn's room with the clippers, she was flabbergasted.
"She tried to wake him up, but he is a typical teenager and loves his sleep - I think he would be more annoyed about being woken up than the hair shave.
"I am always thinking of new ideas and I planned this one a week in advance - I asked him not to get his hair cut and he asked, 'What are you going to do now?'
"It is completely worth it to see Tegan's face light up in the morning.
"I am always thinking of new ideas and it is a brilliant lead-up to Santa's arrival.
"I have previously replaced every photo in the house with a photo of Elf and given Ilestyn a makeover.
"When Tegan had a cold, I put a skeleton on the sofa, and she believed he caught the 'elf flu' and needed lots of chocolate to make him better.
"It is great fun for all of us."
So, there's another - albeit maybe slightly extreme - Elf on the Shelf idea for anyone struggling to fill their countdown calendar.
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