Isabelle LaPeruta, a 7-year-old from New Jersey, had a real Christmas emergency on her hands when she accidentally touched her Elf on the Shelf toy. Her mom was sleeping, and she was throwing a ball around the house, when she hit the elf, making it crash to the floor.
According to the Elf on the Shelf book, this is a big deal. If a kid touches the little elf, it might lose its Christmas magic. Little Isabella called 911 to report the emergency, but then panicked and begged the operator to not send police to her home. "Don't come to my house! Don't!" she said. "I was trying to call my dad."
But police still stopped by, because they have to check out any 911 call made by a child. Little Izzy was in tears, and tried to get the police officer to go away. "I didn't want to get in trouble," she told . The TV station aired the police's call back to headquarters: "Isabella apologized. She touched the Elf on a Shelf. She won't call 911 again."
"To her, it was an emergency when she touched the elf, and she's going to ruin Christmas, so that was her emergency," Lt. Joseph Mandola added. "In her mind, she did right, and it was fine with us." Izzy's mom says she now knows what constitutes a real emergency.
Now, Izzy only has to take a few steps to clear things up in time for Christmas. According to the , to repent, you can writing a letter to Santa, or just apologize to your elf. Then, sprinkle some cinnamon next to him or her before you go to bed, and that will send the elf to the North Pole to get checked out by a doctor.