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'Elf on the Shelf' creator to speak at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Have you ever wondered how Santa really knows whether you've been naughty or nice?

Chanda Bell knows, and now she's sharing her knowledge in a presentation at her alma mater -- the University of West Georgia.

Bell is the bestselling author of the children's holiday book "The Elf on the Shelf," which follows one of the North Pole's many "scout elves" who help Santa determine which names to put on his naughty and nice lists. Named Chippy by his adoptive family, our elf friend is assigned to help a little boy named Taylor McTuttle believe in the magic of Christmas.

"The Elf on the Shelf" was co-written by Bell's mother, Carol Aebersold, and sister, Christa Pitts, who is also a UWG alumna. They self-published the book, which is based on a family tradition featuring Fisbee, a pixie elf who appears in the Aebersold home every holiday season.

Since 2005, "The Elf on the Shelf" has sold nearly two million copies and was even turned into an animated feature by CBS.

Bell will read "The Elf on the Shelf" to local preschool children at UWG's Education Center at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Bell's visit is sponsored by UWG's College of Education.

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