The holiday season is plump with age-old family customs such as watching an entire hour of the yule log burn or tuning on the Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."
But now, America's homes have a new tradition. It’s “The Elf on the Shelf.”
It all started with a book and a keepsake box with a pixie scout elf. Written by a daughter and mother, Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, it tells the tale of a little helper who's Santa's eyes and ears.
He helps Jolly old St. Nick know who's naughty or nice. And the loveable super-snitch is popping up everywhere from New York City and the big screen to all around your home.
Legend has it, the elf, which you adopt and name, comes alive with magic and travels every night between the North Pole and your own home. Videos are uploaded again and again capturing the infamous friend.
Thanks to elves on shelves, Santa doesn't have to spend time and money wiring houses with hidden cameras, but it seems the elf can be unruly.
One family found the helper hanging out in the family fridge.
Here in this video, he made a mess.
Whether he's naughty or nice, you better watch out and you better not pout, for Santa's little helper is coming to town.
Has the elf on the shelf made mayhem on your mantel or is he keeping Santa's list legit. Take a picture of him around your house and send it to The List at firstname.lastname@example.org.