This video is proof that it's important to keep the magic of Christmas alive for children for as long as possible. To help get their kids even more into the holiday spirit, these creative parents in decided to set up a "hidden camera" in their children's bedroom to see if any unexpected festive visitors would drop by. Since they were the ones who set up the hidden camera, they were sure that the "Elf on the Shelf" would make an appearance. This video shows the youngsters' reactions as they watch the footage of their elf friend in their bedroom for the first time.

According to the "Elf on the Shelf" website, these elves act as scouts for Santa Claus, reporting back on whether the children in the house belong on the naughty or nice list. Since they fly to and from the North Pole during the night, they are often found in different positions around the house in the morning. It has become a Christmas tradition for children to search throughout the house to find from where the elf has decided to watch the family.

You can practically see these kids' eyes twinkling with excitement as they see Christmas magic in action. Be sure to share your favorite "Elf on the Shelf' ideas with us in the comments section!