Here again, I must be a terrible parent because I do not own a House Elf. Some of my friends have this Elf On The Shelf set, and they love it. The set comes with your very own old-fashion Elf and story book. The idea is that your Elf is Santa’s helper, and he watches to see if you have been naughty or nice and reports back to Santa. Every morning the Elf is in a different spot, and your kids will rush to find where he is hiding now.
I was worried that was just too much additional responsibility for me at Christmas, but my friends that have it love every second of the tradition.