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Life of a Traveling Elf on the Shelf

Published on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

And I thought the amount of miles that I have to drive is bad! Did you know that Frisbee the elf has to fly to the North Pole every night to tell Santa if the kids have been good or bad? Whew!!

If you aren’t aware of how Elf on the Shelf works, your elf (which you name) then flies back and positions himself in a new place to be found by morning…every morning. Did you hear the long pause there? Eeeevvveerrryyyy morning. Oh and if a person ever touches your elf, he or she loses their magic. Don’t touch the elf!

Our elf, Frisbee, has become a wonderful tool to help promote good behavior. The only down side… our elf is kinda’ ornry! Here are some of the places we found Frisbee this month.



The kids are learning that Santa is always watching. After reminding Mason of that one day when his behavior was less than ideal, he replied with, “Frisbee is a tattle tail!”

Isn’t it true though? Someone is always watching. For those of you who have elf on the shelf, your elf is always watching your child’s behavior.


But how about us as adults? I’ve been impressed this month, as we’ve been watching the kid’s responses to knowing that Frisbee is watching and will tell Santa, I realized that we kind of lose that as adults. Someone is ALWAYS watching us. Kids are watching how we react to situations, they are listening for the words that we say, and they are listening for the way that we say them.

Our co-workers and bosses also are watching our attitudes and actions. Even if you are the boss, you are being watched. Regardless if you own a business or work for someone else, people are always watching. In fact, you are being watched on social media. Our attitudes and actions impact others.


All of us want to have good attitudes, good actions. But sometimes we struggle. Sometimes that struggle is even greater around this time of the year. Why is that? I think we see outward joy in people, especially around Christmas, and that accentuates something opposing which is going on inside of us.

I was reading Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, and he said this.

“God has given us the responsibility to rule over all “the temple of the Holy Spirit,” including our thoughts and desires (1 Corinthians 6:19). We are responsible for these, and we must never give way to improper ones. But most of us are much more severe in our judgment of others than we are in judging ourselves. We make excuses for things in ourselves, while we condemn things in the lives of others simply because we are not naturally inclined to do them.”

Basically, this is saying what I’ve many times caught myself telling my kids. “Worry about your own self.” We are very quick to judge others, partly because it takes the attention off of ourselves, puts someone else down, therefore building us up. We may put up a pretty good front while around others. Or, we may not. The one thing I know is that all of our attitudes and actions come from within. And yes, someone is watching our thoughts and the intentions of our hearts. We remind kids all the time through things like the Elf on the Shelf. Santa is watching.

Well, as adults, sometimes it’s a good reminder for us too. Our kids are watching. Our friends are watching. And our co-workers are watching. Our attitudes and actions spring forth from what is happening in our hearts and minds. And oh! God is watching too. My New Year’s wish for myself and all of you is that in 2015, we will take hold of our thoughts, stop judging others, worry about our own selves, and display better attitudes and actions as a result of the change in the way we think. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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3 comments on article "Field Stories"

Loretta Lyons

12/24/2014 9:09 PM

so true. Merry Christmas to all Beck's family. So proud of what you stand for.

Ronald Schultz

1/6/2018 12:42 PM

It's great to be associated with a great company with God centered values and people.We need to pass that on to every one we meet. God is always watching.


3/5/2018 1:18 PM

great blog

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