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Go elf yourself! 

Celebs are giving a very merry twist to the “Elf on the Shelf” tradition by giving themselves their very own versions of the prank.

It all started with “The Real” co-host Garcelle Beauvais, who shared a photo of herself sitting atop the shoulder of music icon Pharell, hilariously noting their rhyming first names. 

“You’ve heard of Elf on a Shelf, now get ready for this,” Beauvais, 54, shared on her Instagram.

And a meme was born.

Now, the bells of Christmas joy are jingling from one A-lister’s Instagram profile to the next after Beauvais kicked off the hilarious picture trend, which features tiny images of celebs perched on the shoulders of their big-screen brethren, accompanied by an alliterative caption inspired by fun photoshopped mash up. 

Banks, 46, was next to take up the amusing mantle, posting a pic of Tom Hanks as “Forrest Gump” superimposed onto her shoulder, with the caption: “I know you’ve all heard of Elf on the Shelf, but have you heard of…” implying her “Hanks-on-a-Banks,” joke. 

Inspired by the years-long Elf on the Shelf tradition — a Christmas craze caused by author Carol Aebersold who, in 2005, penned the children’s book which follows Santa’s most vigilant pointy-eared spy as he monitors children’s behavior, watching from secret hiding places throughout their home during the entire month of December — this famous folks photo phenomenon is seeing the likes of Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, and Leslie Jordan to join in on the holly jolly fun. 

Fans of the silly seasonal sensation are eating the celeb-laced snapshots up, with actress Ella Balinska commenting, “I need to be a fly on the wall in your mind,” beneath Banks’ Tom Hanks graphic. “It’s not even 9:30 a.m. and this is the content we receive. Spectacular.”

Other online onlookers took to the comment sections of their favorite celebs contributing to the digital delight, giving rave reviews to all the creative Christmas-time creations filling up their timelines.

And for giving us all something to Ho’ Ho’ Ho’ about, Garcelle, Banks, Seacrest and others participating in the much-needed madness have undoubtedly earned themselves a special spot on Santa’s nice list

Now, run and tell that, you sneaky mother elf’er! 


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