The elf is on the shelf. I couldn’t wait till Adella was old enough to start this tradition, and we we’re lucky enough to be given a copy of “The Elf on the Shelf” from my parents next door neighbor. For those of you not familiar with the book, the elf is basically Santa’s spy and watches to make sure the kids are behaving. Each night the elf returns to the north pole to update Santa, and in the morning comes back home to a new spot in the house. So each morning the kids have to look for the elf around the house. Oh, and you “adopt” him when you first get the book and need to give him a name, which Adella decided should be “presents”. So we are formally introducing our family elf… Presents.