Florida man becomes ‘Elf On The Shelf’ to spark joy amid the pandemic

Pinellas County

DUNEDIN, Fla. (WFLA) – It has been a hard year for many due to the coronavirus pandemic, so one Florida man is doing his part to spark joy, not just in the Tampa Bay area, but around the country.

A Pinellas County man came up with a vision, and now he’s set out on a mission. Elf On The Shelf is a family holiday tradition. We’re introducing you to a real life elf, with a jolly disposition.

He’s popping up all over the bay area, determined to spread joy.

8 On Your Side’s Pinellas County bureau reporter Christine McLarty went to Dunedin on Christmas Eve, where the elf was last seen.

What some might refer to as a “Florida man” joke, that thought, you soon might revoke.

Craig Fulton said he had to make a costume for a work event. When he saw how much joy the “Elf on The Shelf” costume sparked, he knew he had to keep it going.

Now he’s creating smiles, spanning hundreds of miles.

“I have friends all over the world…I travel for work,” Fulton said.

Bringing life to the fable that rests on many-a table.

He’s seen around town and posts funny pictures on Facebook, you can see them here, take a look.

“We got to stick together. We have to have a good time. Let’s focus on having fun too,” Fulton said.

Messages from far and near came coming in on social media about how he’s sparking cheer.

Fulton read aloud one letter that said, “Hey man, just want to say with how bad the year has been being held hostage with this virus…your Dingleberry antics are awesome!” Fulton said.

A message from Atlanta hits home the most, from a man battling terminal cancer who finds joy in his posts.

Fulton read aloud part of the message from the man.

“They bring a smile to my face each day and give me something to look forward to tomorrow,” he said.

This elf said he’ll keep us on our toes. Where will he go next? Only Santa Clause knows.

Don’t be shocked to see Fulton’s face during a different season, a leprechaun outfit is in the works, sparking joy for others, his soul reason.

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