There's going to be a new (albeit hidden) face in Studio 1A this holiday season.
An "Elf on the Shelf" will be making herself at home in the hidden corners of the studio for the next few weeks, keeping a watchful eye on the TODAY team.
TODAY joins thousands of other families across the country visited by these elves (introduced in 2005 in the best-selling children's book "The Elf on the Shelf"), who help Santa decide who will earn their place on the "Nice" list. If you're unfamiliar with the tradition, there are just two basic rules to follow during his stay:
The first rule is that you cannot touch the elf. This could cause her to lose her magic, making her unable to return to her home at the North Pole.
The second rule applies to the elf herself. She cannot move or speak while anyone is in the home (or studio): Her job is simply to watch and listen.
While the elf has a job to do, so do you. We'll be playing a sort of real-life Christmas version of "Where's Waldo" with our elf, so if you spot her, send us a screenshot of our new guest and don't forget to send us pictures of your own "Elf on the Shelf" from home.
When our newest resident moved in, she needed a name, and you guys at home came to the rescue by helping us settle on Sunny. She thanks you (silently, of course).