Isn't he the sweetest?  I have always wanted an Elf on the Shelf - now I have one.  Here's the deal, the Elf works for Santa, he arrives at your house to watch your kids and report back to the big guy on whether the kids are good or bad.  The Elf is only allowed to talk to Santa and Mommy & Daddy, he perches himself on a shelf to watch the kids....they can talk to him but they can't touch him.  This is good stuff. Your kids are suppose to name the Elf and each night while your kids are sleeping you move the Elf to a new location in the house.  It's quite exciting for the kids to wake up and go in search of their new pal.
Beckett and Zoë haven't met the Elf yet, he'll arrive December 1st. Naming him should be interesting!  The Elf comes with a beautiful book which we have been reading every night. I love that this little guy was created by a mom for her kids. Our kids are super young, I'm not sure they will grasp the concept of the Elf quite yet but I hope this become a tradition for us.  I love the magic of it.  The Elf on the Shelf is available at EiO at 18th and Cambie in Vancouver.