Disclaimer: If you are a parent of a Central Elementary student, you might want to keep this story out of reach from your child. We don’t want to spoil the fun!

Elf on the Shelf has taken the holiday season by storm by becoming a new tradition based on a children’s book. But have you ever seen a real life Elf on the Shelf? The students at Central Elementary have.

Central Elementary Principal Kelly Magin has started what may become a tradition for the school by playing an Elf on the Shelf named "Mistletoe" who has appeared in a different location around the school the past two Friday mornings — on top of the school’s sign and swinging from a tree in front of the school.

Magin got the idea and ran with it after seeing another principal do a version of Elf on the Shelf and a costume for sale on Amazon.

“One of the main reasons we wanted to start this new Christmas tradition was to have a little fun and spread joy to our students,” Magin said. “At Central we truly believe that learning and fun, can and should, go hand-in-hand.”

The idea behind Elf on the Shelf is that Santa has sent his little helper, his “scout” elf, all around the world to be his eyes and ears to manage his naughty and nice lists. Each morning children awake to the scout elf in a different location around the house; you’ve probably noticed how creative the “little helper” can get.

Mistletoe the elf has remained a mystery to Central students for the most part, but some have had their suspicions on who the elf really is.

“A lot of them think it is the principal, and then some really just think that it’s an elf,” Magin said. “There are a couple of kids who think I am a principal and a magical elf, like I have two jobs. It’s been funny.”

Magin said this is something they will definitely continue to do.

“Central is the first public school experience for many children and we want them to not only leave us ready for the next grade level, but with a love of learning and for school,” Magin said. “I also want kids to be happy. There is so much negativity in our world and the innocence of children is unfortunately taken away from many of them way too soon. If a Friday visit from a silly elf can bring students and passersby joy, then I’m all for it.”

Don’t miss your chance to see Mistletoe the elf’s last appearance this Friday morning between 7-8:30 a.m. at Central Elementary.