The Elves Are Back!

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With December's arrival, many households may have noticed the return of a special seasonal visitor, their Elf on the shelf. These elves are very special because they are scout elves for Santa Clause. They are assigned to different families or even to individual children and are Santa's "eyes and ears."

Each family or child that is blessed with their own elf gets to name him or her. Our family's elf is named Dennis. These scout elves will stay in their family's home each day and keep an eye on whether the kids are being good or bad. Then they fly back to the North Pole at night to report to Santa. The scout elves are always back by morning and will often appear in different spots each day when their family wakes up. Sometimes these elves can get up some pretty funny mischief during the night; scores of pictures of their antics get posted to social media every Christmas season.

It is very important to make sure that you do not touch your elf as this can cause them to lose their Christmas magic. Then they won't be able to fly back to the North Pole that night to tell Santa about all of the great things that the kids did that day. While you are not supposed to touch your elf, you can talk to them and tell them what you would like for Christmas or any other special message that you would like them to tell Santa for you.

The scout elves usually stay at the North Pole after giving their report to Santa on Christmas Eve but will return the next December for the next Christmas season.

Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette