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'Elf on the Shelf' author to give readings this weekend

ATLANTA -- Carol Aebersold, co-creator of holiday children's book "The Elf on the Shelf," will host readings and book signings at three Metro Atlanta locations this weekend.

Aebersold, a Georgia resident and University of West Georgia graduate, based her story on a family tradition dating back to the 1970s.

RELATED: 'The Elf on the Shelf' is going to be a TV movie!

In the book, Santa Claus sends "scout elves" all over the world to watch children and help him determine whether they've been naughty or nice. "The Elf on the Shelf" follows a scout elf named Chippy as he helps a little boy, Taylor McTuttle, rediscover the Christmas spirit.

Save 50% off 10 Free Plays at My Gym Children's Fitness Center - Buckhead ($70 value)

Save 50% off 10 Free Plays at My Gym Children's Fitness Center - Buckhead ($70 value)

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Save at Smokjack BBQ

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Great FREE day out on your Birthday!

Great FREE day out on your Birthday!

You can get into the Georgia Aquarium free on your birthday. I did this earlier this month on my birthday. My daughter also got in free since she is under 3. With everyone watching every dollar they spend this is an awesome free be. The only requirement is you have to be a Georgia resident and present your ID at the ticket window.

Mother Nature visits the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes

Mother Nature visits the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes

ROSWELL, Ga. -- If you visit any nature center in the U.S. this time of year they’re most likely having some sort of Halloween hike.  It’s a little known fact that these outdoor Halloween hikes started in Atlanta at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in 1986.

In 1986, Marietta resident Kristi Beckler was looking for something fun to do with her children that wasn’t too scary.  She and her husband Paul had been longtime volunteers at CNC.    Mrs. Beckler merged the two ideas, added educational elements and came up with the idea of Halloween Hikes.

Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes is a chance for people to explore the trails at night where they’ll meet larger than life costumed creatures.  You’ll meet the Red Winged Blackbird, Grey Fox, Venus Fly Trap, Black Widow Spider and Mother Earth.