How Does Santa Really Knows Who's Been Naughty and Who's Been Nice?
Around December 1st, when my friends started swapping ideas on the best places to hide their elves, I realized I'd missed the boat on a major trend. Huge! Possibly Christmas-ruining huge!
I wasn't surprised. I've missed out on a lot of trends. Skinny jeans tucked in boots, for instance. So hot, right? Well, at the risk of being that frumpy mom in the boot-cuts, I've opted to just sit this one out in the name of comfort, and my chunky calves have thanked me ever since.
However, something told me that this elf business would not be so easy to ignore. I did some digging and realized what everyone was chattering about — The Elf on the Shelf.
What started as a charming Christmas tradition for one little family in 1970 has become one of the most talked-about books of the holiday season. For the second year in a row, The Elf on the Shelf has taken the top spot on Barnes & Noble.com Best-sellers list and there's no sign of this growth stopping.
The elf is an emissary (spy) sent from the North Pole to watch children during the day. At night, he flies back to the North Pole and reports to Santa, telling him who's been naughty and who's been nice. Then, in the morning, the elf returns to a new hiding spot, perhaps causing some mischief and merriment along the way.
Some families' elves have been known to do silly things like raid underwear drawers, leave gifts, or be found laying about in a sprinkling of "snow" from the North Pole. Then, there are the down-right kooky stunts, like leaving green elf pee in the potty or stealing the family car...
"Oh and bonus, it's good behavior reinforcement," several people insisted.
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"What ever happened to good for goodness' sake?" I lamented to my husband one morning. "I'm not about to teach our children to be good because a creepy-looking elf is watching us! What a cop out!"