Seeing as how we were recently in the harrowing experience of a severe car crash and are recovering (if you call "recovering" wrangling a 26-pound toddler), this will be short.
Here it is.
The stupid Elf on the Shelf is not merely a new commercially-injected tradition. It actually traces through the roots of deep Germanic Christmastime tradition!!
I think I'll name ours Screwtape.