Happy Bing-A-Ling wins Pink Pig passes for his family!

Sandy wrote: "Tonight Happy Bing-A-Ling left 6 clues throughout the house with the final clue leading to the computers where they will find personal video messages from the "Boss" himself."

Sandy wrote: "Tonight Happy Bing-A-Ling left 6 clues throughout the house with the final clue leading to the computers where they will find personal video messages from the "Boss" himself."

Sandy wrote: "There's snowflakes and candy canes everywhere, complete with a few surprises thrown in for the kids."

Sandy wrote: "There's snowflakes and candy canes everywhere, complete with a few surprises thrown in for the kids."

Another shot of the Winter Wonderland. Sandy is willing to go all out and make a big mess. She says now they won't want her to take it down.

Another shot of the Winter Wonderland. Sandy is willing to go all out and make a big mess. She says now they don't want her to take it down.

Sandy wrote: "Uh oh! Can you guess who figured out how to work the copy machine? And where the candy is... Can you find the real Happy Bing-A-Ling?"

Sandy wrote: "Uh oh! Can you guess who figured out how to work the copy machine? And where the candy is... Can you find the real Happy Bing-A-Ling?"

Sandy King McElmurray has won our Pink Pig passes for all her wonderful Elf on the Shelf mischief. She has one extremely active and creative elf.

Sandy’s elf Happy Bing-A-Ling has created a winter wonderland, left a scavenger hunt that led the kids to a video message from Santa, learned how to use the family’s copier, held a secret meeting with Santa in the fridge, hid in decorations, decorated a tree with candy canes and hosted a hot cocoa and cookie party for his stuffed buddies. His capers became more extravagant as the week went on – must be the sugar!

You can tell how much Sandy enjoys surprising and entertaining her kids with the elf’s antics each day. She is willing to go out on a limb and mess up her lovely house just to see their reactions.

I appreciate all her great ideas and will be stealing them during the next few weeks.

We will continue to post photos of Elf activity on the AJC Momania FB page. Please feel free to share photos and ideas with us!

Also I have found the AJC Momania FB page is a great place to run gift ideas by people. I was trying to decide if an ant farm was a good idea for my nephew and Godson and appreciated the community’s input!  So feel free to post holiday dilemmas. We’re here to help!

17 comments Add your comment

Techmom

December 9th, 2011
11:46 am

While this Elf on the Shelf business is cute, I must admit that I’m relieved this wasn’t popular when my son was young.

Veteran of a Thousand Psychic Wars

December 9th, 2011
12:15 pm

People actually did this because you asked?

ABC

December 9th, 2011
1:29 pm

Sorry but the Elf is still really lame. Don’t you people have anything better to do with your time?

Kat

December 9th, 2011
1:46 pm

Elf on the Shelf is not lame for those with kids who enjoy this sort of thing. Having a lightness in your heart during the holidays can only be positive, and the Elf helps. I am enjoying playing “Elf” with my kids. It helps me remember how much fun “play” is. Maybe we aren’t lame, but perhaps you are dull and uninspired? Perhaps?

oneofeach4me

December 9th, 2011
1:53 pm

Actually, my son told me yesterday we need an “Elf” in the house, he said “ya know… Santa’s helper, the Shelf Elf” I asked him if he has one in his classroom and he said no…I said well then how do you know about him, to which he responded “I just know”. He is SIX!! lol

So I broke down today and went out and bought one. I have a good 2 weeks to get my feet wet in it I guess. Wish me luck! But I don’t think I will take it this far because I hate cleaning up!

Sandy

December 9th, 2011
2:06 pm

Thank you so much. I have enjoyed every minute seeing the joy in my children’s eyes each morning. My daughter is 9 and was on the verge of not believing. Happy Bing-A-Ling brought that sparkle back into her eyes and now she says she will never stop believing. My son is 11 and has cerebral palsy and just watching the happiness in his eyes when he finally spots Happy Bing-A-Ling, brings tears to my eyes. Again, thank you so much. While others may not believe and feel that Elf on the Shelf is lame, for me and my family…we will always believe and will be sad to see Happy return to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

ABC

December 9th, 2011
2:24 pm

OK, so the holiday spirit and believing and all that isn’t lame. What surprised me was the Elf costs $30! You can probably make your own elf and have the same fun for next to nothing.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 9th, 2011
2:57 pm

ABC — I think you can definitely find a cheaper elf — he doesn’t have to be the Elf on the Shelf. If you look on the FB page you’ll see lots of them look differently and they can just be a stuffed animal type elf. Your kids won’t care what he looks like — it’s all about the mischief! (And it doesn’t have to be super messy.)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 9th, 2011
2:57 pm

ABC — my Godmother sent me one — I would never have bought on my own!!

Kat

December 9th, 2011
3:12 pm

The $30 cost includes a hard-cover book as well. At least mine did. So you get a nice book and the elf. It’s not just th little elf. But, you could definitely get a similar toy without the book and without it being an elf (reindeer) and have fun with that too.

Becky

December 9th, 2011
3:48 pm

Congrats to Sandy..

@ABC..My book and Elf cost me a whopping $2.92..I would have never paid $30.00 for one..

@oneofeach4me..Yeah, you will keep seeing that he will know lots more than we knew at six..It amazes me what my two come in every day “knowing”..Good luck with your Elf..

I've got a lot more names

December 9th, 2011
3:58 pm

What kind of parent buys a discoutn elf?

JATL

December 9th, 2011
4:11 pm

@I’ve got a lot more names… A smart one!

Becky

December 9th, 2011
4:54 pm

What kind of parent (or person) goes on a Mom blog just to be a turdhead? Form the looks of this blog, quiet a few..

Hope everyone has a great weekend..

Kat

December 9th, 2011
9:00 pm

Becky meant “quite,” but I think “quiet” would be a good idea for those same folks!

Fred

December 10th, 2011
4:51 am

Time for some “elf magic” before the girls get up (daughter is having a sleep over). I wish I had thought of it earlier, I should have gotten some mini hershey’s kisses for “rein deer poo,” and left a trail for them to follow……….

Oh, and take your kids to see Arthur Christmas if you haven’t already (you too MJG lol even though they are older). We took the girls last night and it’s a really cute flick.

Everyone will enjoy it, well except for those elf hating scrooges who post here. THEY will see it as further exploitation and commercialization of Christmas and wait for it to come out on GPS for free……….

Merry Christmas to some and Happy Holidays for the rest, who don’t celebrate Christmas :)

Longtime Educator

December 11th, 2011
8:05 pm

Theresa, I’ve recently become a Pinterest addict and have discovered boards devoted to Elf on the Shelf ideas.