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Do You Have an Elf on a Shelf?

Does a little guy or gal keep your tots in check from Thanksgiving to Christmas?

About five years ago, one of Santa's helpers showed up on store shelves and didn't last long. The petite elves became a parent's best friend almost overnight and have since made their way to your house Thanksgiving night.

They roam your house—and life—for the weeks between fall/winter holidays, keeping watch over the kids, reminding them to be good because the elf has direct line to Santa in the North Pole. Naughty behavior is not tolerated by the elf and is reported immediately. Some families even go so far as to remind their children of the elf other times of year when behavior warrants it. And everyone names theirs. Scout, Jingles, Sandy and Patchie are just a few we've heard.

The elf has become so mainstream, in fact, that some parents feel like bad ones for not using the little helper as a tool for good behavior, according to the Huffington Post. There's even a Patch elf on the shelf watching over Woburn and making appearances there daily.

Do you have an elf? What's his or her name? If you don't have one, why don't you? Tell us in the comments.

Dorrie R December 07, 2012 at 03:22 PM
When my Grandson, Ryan, was staying with me for a while over the Holidays last year one of Santa's Elves came to live with us. Ryan named him Beep. Beep was a great addition to the family for the Holiday season, not only was he a good reminder to Ryan about behavior but he also added some fun to the time of year. When most people are caught up in shopping and what they have to go buy and make for Christmas. Beep was just that little something extra, Ryan and I had such a good time looking all over the house for Beep every morning. Beep got into some mischief, taking cookies out of the cabinet and spilling some flour, zip lining across the kitchen. The elves bring a little extra magic, for the kids and some extra fun for the adults. Something to enjoy and not worry over.
Damon Michaels December 07, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Neither of my children found the Elf on the Shelf interesting or amusing. I gave up on this.
Cathy Joyce-Furtado December 09, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I don't have one (sad me). I had never heard of EOS until last year

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