I did make a few changes to the tradition to make it a little less stressful. Our elf was not a sneaky little nark running back to Santa to rat my kid out every night. Instead, Jake Hinnyminny just hung out in Little Man's room and surprised him with the new things he was doing every morning. He also left little notes encouraging kind things Little Man could do for other people or lavishly praising kind things Little Man had already done. Also because the original Elves are so creepy looking we went with a different kind of elf altogether.
So yes - I caved - kinda. I like to believe I did it in a much more laudable way. Humor me and pretend you think so too. What can I say? I'm a sucker for my kid and he was so entranced by the "magic" elements of Christmas this year.
Here is Jake Hinnyminny taming the T-Rex he caught. Image is by me.