Monday’s “Makes Me Smile” – “Elf on the Shelf” & Cyber Monday edition

I’m already laughing as I type this post.  Do you do “Elf on the Shelf” in your home?  The little pixie elf has been a part of our growing-up 1970’s Christmas decorations – but a few years ago, it resurfaced with a fun game to play along with it.  I didn’t really know about “Elf on a Shelf” until Pinterest last year, so this year I thought I would start a new family tradition and the Walkers would joyfully play along.


It’s been an epic fail.  Teenagers.  What else can I say?  They just didn’t go for the Elf on a Shelf idea.

I didn’t expect them to fall for the “Elf is watching and reporting back to Santa” line, but at least I thought we could mix it up a bit and each one of us could take turns hiding the elf at night.  I had grand plans for our little elf. I even collected a Pinterest board all about funny things to do with the elf.   But all my children said about it fell along these lines: “That thing creeps me out!”  Seriously.

Sometimes they are just NO FUN!

So as I was packing for surgery, I took the elf with me.  And I played it all by myself as I was recuperating at my mom’s.  As I got up to walk around, I would hide the elf in what I thought were funny places.  And I’d laugh all to myself.  But the rest of the family:  they just ignored it.  So I brought the elf back home. 🙁

Even my little niece and nephews said the elf was a little “creepy” – and my brother agreed.  He said, “What if I went around dressed in skinny red pants and sat and stared at people like this:” (then he posed like the elf.  I couldn’t help but take a picture and put a hat on him!)

Somehow, when he put it that way, I kind of agree. hahaha

Then I had a brilliant idea:  I played the “poor me surgery” card and along with the approval of my husband (he was  just being sweet) I  made a new family holiday “rule” – EVERYONE HAS TO TAKE TURNS HIDING THE ELF!  Since they could see that I’ve been in obvious pain,  they decided to humor Mom – and now… I think we’re actually having a little fun with it.  (But shhhh… don’t tell them!)

And seeing my family have fun and be goofy… that, my friends, certainly makes me smile! (So do these cute Elf ideas from Pinterest. haha)




If you do “Elf on the Shelf” – chime in and tell us some of the things you’ve done with your elf that makes you smile.  I’m always up for more fun and goofy ideas! 😉

*** ALSO***

Who wouldn’t be smiling about Cyber-Monday!?!  Since I didn’t get to get out and bang people over the head with my purse in order to beat them to the bargains on Friday, I’m looking forward to doing a little pain-free Christmas shopping from the comfort of my PJs this morning.  There are a bazillion sales going on today, but there is one that is especially close to my heart: My sister’s.

(last Christmas)

Rebecca is a Mary Kay Director and she is having a Cyber-Monday sale of 25% off EVERYTHING! Today only.  I’ve been wearing Mary Kay since 1995 and truly love every product.  If you’re looking for cute Christmas gift ideas – She’s got them.  If you’re looking for some age-defying skin care – She’s got it.  If you’re looking for something to freshen up your make-up routine – She’s your girl.  Holiday gifts and holiday faces – my sister Rebecca is your one-stop-shop, and I wanted to pass on the love. 🙂

So, click over to her site and shop shop shop ~ you won’t have to wait in line, or worry about being run over. 😉  And, on this Cyber-Monday, you’ll get 25% off of every product!

My goofy family antics, my funny elf brother, my beautiful sister (and her 25% off sale),  Jesus, and you… – That’s what makes me smile today.  Blessings to you all~

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  1. I think the Elf on the Shelf is a cute idea. Not sure I could get it to fly in my house either. Of course, it’s just hubby and I home right now, but my oldest daughter comes home on the 13th for the month. Maybe then???

  2. You make me smile Jennifer! No, I have to say I’ve not done the elf thing but it sure looks like fun. 🙂

    So glad you are recovering well. I think the best place to shop is online, avoiding the crowds.

    Blessings and love,