Life Offbeat

By Lucy Notarantonio


These prankster parents have spent two hours wrapping the contents of their entire kitchen in Christmas paper – including the chopping board, utensils and even fruit.

Mum-of-one, Nichola Mullen-King, 36, couldn’t believe her eyes when her husband, Carl, 34, began wrapping the kitchen as she assumed he was joking when he proposed the ludicrous idea on Monday evening [November 2].

But after putting their son, Max, six, to bed, Nichola walked downstairs to find wrapping paper everywhere and decided to join in with Carl’s crazy idea.

Two hours and six rolls of paper later, the pair, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, transformed their kitchen.

Nichola, a civil servant said: “Max didn’t want the elf to return this year as he believes the elf gets him into trouble with Santa.

“But he had a last-minute change of heart on Saturday which prompted Carl to think outside of the box on the spot.

“I assumed Carl, who is a customer service advisor, was joking when he said lets wrap the whole kitchen.

“But after reading Max a book and putting him to bed, he had started and asked me for a hand.

“I couldn’t stop laughing but we were both panicking in case the noise would wake Max up and I joked a divorce was on the cards if he continued to tell me to ‘shh’.

“Max’s reaction in the morning was brilliant – he couldn’t believe it!

“He was absolutely flabbergasted and said, ‘why do I always get the naughty Elf?’”

Nichola shared the photos to Facebook earlier this week and it seems to be a hit with over 45k shares and 25k comments.

She has since unwrapped the kitchen – which took her 40 minutes – and will use the paper for Christmas presents.

She adds: “I shared it for my friends and family because I couldn’t believe we had actually done it.

“When I see the amount of shares the following morning, I couldn’t believe it.

“It has blown up!”