MADEIRA, Ohio -- Remember the "Elf on a Shelf" craze?
A Madeira man recently came up with another version - "Mensch on a Bench."
PHOTOS: Tri-State "Elf on the Shelf"
WCPO reporter Amy Wadas paid the local creator a visit to see what all "Mensch on a Bench" is about.
It's really taking off, after starting out as a joke. It sold out in just two weeks.
Neil Hoffman's 5-year-old son Jacob loves it.
Hoffman got the idea while shopping with his wife at Nordstrom.
"My wife and Jacob said, 'Daddy can we get Elf on a Shelf' and I said, 'no we're Jewish, we don't get Elf on a Shelf, we get,' and I paused and said, 'Mensch on a Bench,' and it started off just as a joke and the idea really stuck with me," Hoffman said.
His wife, Erin said her husband's idea also grew from seeing her friends post their "Elf" photos on Facebook in 2012.
"I like putting him in funny positions," Jacob Hoffman said.
Now, every Jewish child who wants the "Mensch on a Bench" tradition can keep it going.
Hoffman hopes that when 2014 comes around, retailers will start selling his creation.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
If you’re searching for a profession in health care, a Tuesday job fair in Springdale may be your answer.
A stork will be visiting the Cincinnati Zoo once again to deliver a new baby giraffe.
West Chester residents are up in arms about a planned new Kroger Marketplace store.
A look at those due in court Tuesday, March 11.
A wrap-up of local stories happening on March 11, 2014.
All your Tuesday morning traffic delays.
Willie Moore scored 17 points and eighth-seeded Miami (Ohio) held off ninth-seeded Kent State in the opening round of the Mid-American…
Middletown police officers found the body of a woman inside a vehicle in Middletown Monday afternoon.
The Reds have been outscored 20-3 in their last three games and now have a spring training record of 4-10.
An East Price Hill man is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning, about two years after his "hoarder house" became a problem…