For the last 3 years we have done the traditional Elf on the Shelf. This was all fine and good, but my kids weren’t learning ANYTHING about what Christmas is all about…GOD! They were so focused on the Elf, Santa, and the mischief the little elf got into that we missed the birth of our Savior. We missed the lessons on kindness, giving, sharing, generosity and so on. I decided this year was time for a change. I was inspired by this blog post here.
This year our elf, named Elfie, brings a message to the girls each morning. He brings a bible verse, an explanation of the verse, and an act of kindness for the girls to do. Not to worry, we still have LOTS of fun. Elfie finds silly places to hide, gets into things and makes for some silly mornings. I didn’t want the girls to have the fun taken out of the elf, but I did want them to learn about the bible and about kindness.
Today’s verse is from Deuteronomy 16:17 and says,
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.
With this verse Elfie asked the girls to make some cookies and a note for our mailman. We will leave the cookies in a bag in the mailbox for him.
Other ideas are to donate old toys, to bring dinner to a friend, write a sweet note to a family member and so on. I am also going to have Elfie do random acts of kindness. One night he might pick up toys for the girls, or put shoes away. I want the girls to know what it feels like when someone does something kind and asks nothing in return.
Our first day was quite different than a typical day! We are going away for Christmas this year. The girls really wanted a trampoline from Santa. We decided to have Elfie bring them one early! He wrote a note about how God constantly gives us the gift of grace and forgiveness. He gave us his only son so we could be saved! Santa gave the girls a gift early too. Elfie showed up at our house that morning and there was a trampoline in the backyard! What a great way to start the Christmas season. Santa did say he would be back to fill up stockings for the girls and to eat the yummy brownies (we don’t leave cookies) that they always make him. So we will still have our Christmas morning, minus a really big present. This way they get the joy and the magic twice!
I will try my best to upload photos and templates if you are interested in doing this too! I think it is a wonderful way to still have fun with Elf on the Shelf and teach about the REAL meaning of Christmas! Subscribe to my blog by clicking the follow button on the right so you don’t miss out!