Chanda Bell got the idea 14 years ago to share a family tradition from her childhood that involved an elf sitting on a shelf. She never imagined it would erupt into a Christmas-time phenomenon that’s been embraced by millions of families.

Bell, her mother Carol Aebersold, and her twin sister Christa Pitts are the trio behind the wildly successful “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition” storybook.
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The book comes with a pixie elf doll, whose job is to keep an eye on the children in the house and report back to Santa every night for his naughty or nice list.

The story sparked a Christmas tradition in homes around the world where elves are seen to be positioned at various places in the home to keep a watch out for the behavior of children.

When a Florida hospital manager’s dog mauled her young daughter’s Elf on the Shelf, she called on her colleagues to save the day.

Jenn Thelen’s co-workers at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando sprang into action on Monday morning to help save 7-year-old Aubrie’s injured toy, which the family’s German shepherd, Zoey, had attacked overnight.

In an adorable video that’s going viral, the emergency room staff wheeled Kris Kringle’s tiny little elf spy into the trauma bay on a gurney:

“OK, let’s see what we can do,” said one of the team, dressed in full surgical gear. Another worker listed the injuries that the elf named ‘Sam’ had sustained.

They then painstakingly reattached its arm, before sprinkling glitter over his body in a bid to bring him back to full elf life. Sam was discharged later that day.

Thelen, who is the hospital ER’s nurse manager, said Aubrie burst into tears after finding her beloved elf missing an arm on Monday. But after seeing the videos and photographs of Sam’s surgery, the youngster was thrilled to welcome him home. “My kids know that our medical team does amazing things,” Thelen told Babble.

“We always talk about Christmas magic with our kids. Aubrie is a very analytical kid, so she wants to know details about everything,” she added. “So, we explained that Christmas magic is a way that Santa and the elves are able to do things that maybe normally wouldn’t make sense.”

According to the hospital, the team used “expired medical products” for the spoof surgery.

“Aubrie knew that the elf could not be touched but Jenn told her that the ‘magic gloves’ would allow the team to work on Sam,” it added since legend says the Elf on the Shelf can lose his magic if touched by humans.

Sam is now back on his shelf and mom will definitely make sure that he is out of Zoey’s reach.

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