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One tradition that came about while I was already living in Spain – and never fully understood.- THE ELF ON THE SHELF?  Can anybody explain that to me? How in the world could that tradition even begin??  eeks.

All of a sudden I started seeing all of these pictures on my friends facebook profiles – of these little spies that they invited into their homes!  The message to the kids – beware, eyes are upon you.  I thought that this was just horrible… like having an official tattle tale.  Well – after doing a bit of investigation, it’s not sooooo bad.

Most people use it in a fun, comical way, and now I’ve come to see it as a way of having more fun – a less commercial part of Christmas.

My question for you:

What are your thoughts on the topic? Would you use one?  Do you have any elves in your house?