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Real life "Elf on the Shelf" makes kids smile

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A real-life "Elf on the Shelf" makes kids smile at one elementary school.

In West Virginia, a man was seen sitting on the roof on Lavalette Elementary School in an elf costume. 

The man is a parent of one of the students at the school and says he has been planning the stunt for about one year.

He also says seeing the kids smile has made it worthwhile, even though it was cold outside.

He is planning to sit on top of the school again next Christmas season. 

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