You either love it or hate it – by ‘it’ I’m talking about the controversial ‘toy’ – The Elf on the Shelf.
The Elf on the Shelf is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole. When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun.
Wildly popular, these elves are assigned to homes – sometimes classrooms, with the explicit charge of observing children’s actions all day on behalf of Santa Claus, who is referred to as “the boss”.