I am updating again! My kids are really enjoying the elf, are yours? My little one, Kailani asks each day, “What message did Elfie send today?” and I love hearing that! Kares likes to read them too. Our elf is never really naughty, just silly. I don’t want to teach my kids to be naughty, but I do want them to have fun. Our elf was in the fruit basket, hanging from the light, in the bathroom…nothing to crazy, but fun still. I want the focus to be Jesus, not the silly elf. Here are some hilarious blogs about some people who go over the top! Click here for 1 Click here for the other
Day 9 We were still on vacation. Elfie was hiding in my suitcase. (Smart there, he stayed in my suitcase so that I didn’t forget to bring him home!)
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
Sometimes the smallest little acts of kindness and love can make the biggest difference. Today they had to try to hold the door open for someone. Let them go through first (and do it with a smile)! Sometimes the little things, turn into big things. The more you do kind and loving things, the more you act like Jesus!
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Elfie was hiding in the bathroom. He drew the girls a Christmas Tree on the mirror. It was really cute.
Today’s verse was from Acts 20:35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Today Elfie asked the girls to donate some food to those in need. We talked about helping others and how we are able to help others. We can help by donating some food from the grocery store and not expect anything in return.
Christmas has turned into a focus on presents, that I wanted my girls to GIVE than RECEIVE.
I am so glad that we are doing this bible study. My girls are learning the bible, focusing on Jesus, and doing kind things for others. They have really enjoyed it too. Are your kids liking it? Leave a comment and let me know! Do you have suggestions for a bible verse? Let me know!
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!