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The Elf on the Shelf Is Watching

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) –Have you ever wondered how Santa could know if you’re naughty or nice each year as you grow? For hundreds of years it’s been a big secret that now can be shared if you promise to keep it.

“The elf is Santa’s helper, he came to us about 5 years ago, and he comes with a book, it explains to you that the elf is here to make sure the kids are good. He typically comes Thanksgiving night and leaves with Santa when he comes to drop off the presents on Christmas Eve” said Jodi Foley.

Jodi Foley’s family decided to name their elf Star.

He’s not allowed to talk, but listens and watches. Star, like all other elves on the shelf returns to the North Pole every night to tell Santa how the kids behaved, which is why he’s in a different place every day. “One year it was a little creepy. Our oldest son has a bunk bed and when he woke up in the morning, Star was sitting on the bunk bed and so he opened his eyes, the poor thing, he really did have a heart attack. He was like ‘Aaaah! Star!’”

Maybe that wasn’t the reaction Jodi was hoping for when she introduced elf on the shelf to her then 5 year-old-son Colin. So the house guest comes with a set of rules. “They’re not allowed to go upstairs. Star is not allowed upstairs. You can’t touch the elf because he loses his magic, if he loses his magic he can’t fly back to tell Santa how the kids have been. So if the kids have been bad, I guess it’s good for them. But if they’ve been good, he’ll never know,” Foley said.

Since kids will behave if they know Star is watching, who keeps the parents in line? “Oh boy, your kids are watching. I think that should keep you in line. So if you’re not being very holiday spiritish then they won’t either,” she added.

So blow him a kiss and bid him farewell, he’ll fly away when he hears Santa’s bell. Of course he’ll miss you but wait ‘til next year when the holidays come, he’ll again reappear.


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