I finally caved in and bought the kids an Elf on a Shelf last year. So that meant this year we had to bust out the Elf.

He comes with a book that we read and then the kids had to give him a name. They decided on Fred. I have no idea why they picked Fred, but that's what they wanted to name him.

At night Fred flies to the North Pole to tell Santa what the kids have been up to and if they have been naughty or nice. Then he flies home before the kids wake up. They find him each morning in a different place and sometimes getting into mischief.

The kids love it and I hope that it creates great memories they will want to carry on to their kids.