Rep. Nutmeg first Elf on a Shelf to introduce congressional resolution
Rep. Nutmeg. Image via X.

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Well, Anna Paulina Luna was technically the lead sponsor.

Mark this down in holiday history. Congress has seen its first resolution co-introduced by an Elf on the Shelf.

U.S. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna this year kicked off what could be a new Christmas tradition by designating an office elf, but granting the pixie some legislative prestige. Thus emerged Rep. Nutmeg, the first Representative for the North Pole.

The diminutive official since has toured the Capitol district and posted photos on X and Instagram. While Luna is a conservative Republican, Nutmeg’s posts have a nonpartisan tone, despite the solidly red wardrobe.

So far, the tiny tourist has posted photos of the Capitol, Washington Monument, and a gingerbread model of the Capitol building. A to-scale office has even been set up (or digitally rendered?) with a tiny district map of the North Pole and an elven-sized desk.

On Tuesday, Nutmeg achieved an important milestone for a lawmaker, co-introducing a first piece of legislation. Submitted with Luna, the resolution would establish Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, as “Christmas Cookie Day” and encourage all kids to leave cookies for Santa.

Luna’s staff, on a serious note, say the Elf aims to educate children about the workings of Washington, and to allow children of all means to participate in the Elf on the Shelf tradition from anywhere in the country.

For the uninitiated, the Elf on a Shelf tradition, drawn from a 2005 book by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, involves a toy elf who occupies children’s homes through the holiday season, and which each evening reports back on observed behavior to Claus or his helpers in the North Pole.

It’s unclear why Congress hasn’t invited such observation into the Capitol before.

Luna is a freshman and one of the youngest members of the House. She’s also a new first-time mother; she and husband Andy Gamberzky welcomed a son in August.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


2 comments

  • My Take

    December 6, 2023 at 4:49 am

    Wait until the videos leak out.
    Or the AI composed “photos” that someone is
    bound to be working òn.

  • without a conscience

    December 6, 2023 at 5:29 am

    Don’t expect too much. Trump has been convicted of RAPE and people continue to support him. The GOP and evangelicals have no conscience when it comes to hypocrisy and definitely no respect for women.

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