You've probably heard of the Elf on the Shelf, they appear in homes around the world before Christmas and keep an eye on you to make sure you're behaving.
They look just like normal toys by day but at night they fly back to the North Pole and let Santa know if you've been good or bad to help him make his naughty and nice list.
Before morning the elf comes back to the house and finds a new spot to sit and watch for the day.
Perhaps you've seen an elf hiding in your house and you've wished you could see it move, well I'm going to try to find away.
The elf won't appear until the Christmas tree is up. Once the house is decorated you'll find him perched on a shelf or hiding somewhere.
First I tried to trick the elf into moving by placing tempting treats in front of him. I used festive treats like chocolate coins, candy canes and mince pies. I left them for a few hours, but it didn't work.
So, I decided to leave a special night vision camera to see what happened to the elf in the dark at night.
For most of the night, nothing happened but watch what happens just before sunrise the elf vanished in a flash, taking the treats with him and leaving nothing but crumbs.
But he's not gone for long, just as the first drop of sunlight hits the shelf, he reappeared.
So where did he go? Well, I carefully attach a small GPS tracker to the elf, I had to be careful not to touch him as this can make the magic disappear. But this tracker let's us see the elf's route and it seems that the toy did travel all the way to the North Pole during the night.
Although they cannot be touched, or else they may lose their magic, the elf will always listen and relay messages back to Santa. Taking in all the day-to-day activities around the house, no good deed goes unnoticed; these scout elves take their job seriously. Before the family awakes each morning, their special scout elf will fly back to their home from the North Pole. However, since these elves like to play games, don't expect to find them in the same spot! While some like to hide in the freezer (probably because it reminds them of the North Pole) and others prefer to sit on the fireplace mantle or hang from the chandelier, these elves love to play hide-and-seek with their families.
Year after year, children and adults alike are baffled by the mystery of how Santa really knows who's been naughty or nice. After much urging by the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa has allowed his biggest secret to be revealed in The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. At the start of each Christmas season, the elf appears to serve as Santa's eyes and ears, traveling back to the North Pole each and every night to make a detailed report of the day's activities. Children can register their elf online to receive an official adoption certificate and a special letter from Santa.