It's been a Pitcher tradition for 7 years and I'm happy to say that's its continuing this year. None other then Tara's friend, Suzie the Elf on the Shelf. If you're thinking to yourself, "Elf on the Shelf", what's that?

Have you ever wondered how Santa could know if you're naughty or nice? It's been a secret for a very long time, but now we know. Santa sends friendly elves to scout for him. When the elf appears at your home, you quickly must give it a name. Every night while Tara is sleeping, Suzie flies back to the North Pole to report to the jolly man himself.

There's only one rule - you can't touch Suzie because she might lose her magic. You can talk to her of course, but she can't talk back. She hangs around until Christmas Eve when her job is done until next year.

The most exciting part is figuring out where will Suzie show up the next day. When the child's elf goes to Santa it almost always returns in a different location in your house.

So one of the big questions is, What do you do if your Shelf Elf is accidentally touched? You have three options:

  1. Write a note to your elf or Santa apologizing for touching your elf.
  2. Sprinkle a little cinnamon next to your elf.
  3. Sing a Christmas carol with your family!

Suzie was a little late this year but Tara didn't mind. In fact, she was thrilled to see her. If your Elf on the Shelf was late in returning, go here to see what the possible delay was. There are so many things that you can do with your children with your Elf, here is some of the fun stuff that you can do.

Suzie is looking out of Tara's telescope. I think Suzie is looking for Santa...or maybe the star that the wise-men used on that special night in Bethlehem. Welcome back, Suzie.

We've missed you and are looking forward to more adventures together this holiday season!

[via Elf on the Shelf]