’MURICA — With Christmas right around the corner, that little annoying Elf on the Shelf is back again.
The Elf on the Shelf is as old as the story of Christmas itself. Okay maybe not.
It began as a children’s book in 2005 with the elf acting as a scout to spy on your kids to see if they are being naughty or nice.
Since then, it has become a viral “tradition,” popular in the U.S. and now even the U.K.
During the month of December, parents are supposed to move the elf around to different places around the house so it can spy on their children and report back to Santa Claus.
Children can talk to the elf, but they can’t touch him — otherwise he’ll disappear forever, according to the book written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell.