I thought I knew my holiday traditions.  Finding the pickle on the tree, leaving out carrots for Santa's reindeer, kissing under the mistletoe, the lump of coal in the stocking for the troublemakers, the ritual opening up of a single present before Christmas morning.  Yup...been there done that.

But what gives with this Elf on the Shelf?  This is VERY new to me but I seem to be alone in that thinking.  When did this little guy come along?  Was it a book or a movie first?  Does he work his magic on the wee ones.

And so I ask...what gives with the Elf on the Shelf?