This is the Elf On A Shelf. Until last weekend I had never heard of this. Shame on me right? NO.
Although this is a fun thing to do with the kids for the holiday season, it seems like another clever way for someone else's pocket to get fatter. The idea is to "adopt" the elf (who for some reason after being adopted flees to the North Pole on XMas Eve to spend the "off season" with Santa, I don't think the courts would like that), then name the elf (my daughter named hers "Joshua", yeah, not very "elfy" but still funny) and the idea is for the kids to be on their best behavior since the "Elf on the Shelf" is keeping an eye on them. Then each night the elf goes to the North Pole to make his report to the fat man in red (this is why you need to move his location every night). Long story short he shows up in a different place each morning...duh.
I think the thing is creepy, as you can see by the picture of him sitting on top of one of our doorways. If you aren't careful then the following could happen...HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Next year be on the look out for a very special reindeer turd that you can adopt to put in your yard...the reindeer can spy on the kids too.