Santa’s Little Surveillance Agent

I do The Elf on the Shelf with my son. We never read the book – which is an oddity for me as I read everything to my son. And my pretty wife and I played down “the elf is watching you and reporting to Santa” aspect. And there are no confessions made to the elf. Instead, it’s a game. The elf hides each morning and my son has to find where the elf has hidden. Y’know, assuming the elf wasn’t lazy the night before and forgot to hide before falling asleep.

The difference between Santa’s elves and *ahem* real elves is still rather odd. It hasn’t come up much for my son, but that was one of the oddities I noticed. But Santa and his workshop of tinkerer gnomes is just more of a mouthful.