We got out our Elf on the Shelf book to read so we could see if "our" elf would come back again this year. I wasn't sure that I was going to invite him back because it was alot of work to remember....but, the kids saw the movie on tv, so we did it! Instead of us reading them the story, it became Blake's job...he offered to be the official Elf on the Shelf reader...he got the job! He read it to us by the fire that night, and what'ya know?? Buddy appeared by morning!