Lufkin's favorite elf celebrating eight years

Source: Skippy Dimpledot L.L.C.
Source: Skippy Dimpledot L.L.C.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - He's cute. He's happy. He's Skippy Dimpledot the Christmas elf.

And now, Lufkin's favorite elf is home for the holidays.

Mother and daughter Margie and Claire Brody created the book series "Skippy Dimpledot the Christmas Elf" eight years ago when claire made a wish to Santa to have her very own elf.

"She came home and wanted an elf and an elf magically appeared and she asked him his name and it was Skippy Dimpledot," Margie Brody said.

The Brodys wrote the book when Claire was only in fifth grade, sharing the story of a little girl named Annie and her magical elf Skippy. Since then, the duo travels nationwide to share Skippy's story with children of all ages.

"Skippy has become a tradition in our family and comes back and stays with us after Thanksgiving until Christmas," Margie Brody said.

On Tuesday, Margie visited Central Elementary to read her book to kindergartners and first graders.

"I think my favorite part about coming to read is to see the children, is to see their reaction," she said. "It's just a magical time, a magical experience."

Margie likes to remind children that Skippy will return to the North Pole soon. But she encourages kids to write him letters while he is away.

"I love hearing the stories from parents about the experiences their children have," Margie Brody said. "We have stories about elves that children have written to, about fun things, about things on their Christmas list."

No matter how old the kids get, Margie says Skippy will always hold a special place in their heart.

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