Last winter, a friend of mine and I were talking about the whole Elf on the Shelf idea, and I kept thinking, “Mazy would get such a kick out of this!” That same friend was able to find a steal of a deal on the Elf on the Shelf, so this year, I am running with the idea.
To be honest, as I started to do research on ideas because I couldn’t wait to get started, some of the ideas were hilarious, some creative, and some were a LOT of work. I wasn’t certain I wanted to be expending so much thought into something that I wasn’t sure would hit on the whole idea of what Christmas is about. You see, I had asked our daughter what Christmas was all about and she right away exclaimed, “PRESENTS!” Palm to face, my friends! I knew I had some work to do. So, I thought I would put a twist on the Elf on the Shelf idea and try and point Mazy to not only the traditional ideas, but also include tangible and purposeful ideas as well.
If you are looking to put a little twist on Elf on the Shelf this year…
Here are 25 Christian Elf on the Shelf ideas:
- Reading the Bible
- Making a meal (frozen meal for someone)
- Coloring Christmas pictures
- Doing a good deed
- Making Christmas goodies for teachers
- Worshipping Jesus
- Reading the Christmas story in a Bible storybook
- Putting up the Christmas tree
- Writing someone a note
- Singing hymns
- Cleaning up a spill
- Praying with a list of people on it
- Helping pick up
- Writing a letter to Jesus
- Playing with fun Bible stickers
- Doing a favorite Christmas tradition
- Making a puzzle.
- Put a note in the toy box, saying it’s time to buy a gift for Toys for Tots
- Watching a Christmas movie with popcorn
- Making a Happy Birthday Jesus cake – or any sweet item
- Sitting in a candy cane sled and then go sledding
- Tool box and fix something or make something together
- Listen to and/or sing your child’s favorite Christmas song
- Find a picture with friends and have elf hold it – talk about importance of being a good friend
- Drinking hot cocoa and making a list of all the things we’re thankful for
Of course you can personalize these to fit your family values and traditions – just keep it simple. For instance, with doing a good deed, it could be something as simple as your child putting money in a Salvation Army bucket by the ringer. Making a puzzle promotes that time spent together – undivided time. This Christmas, I want to be purposeful. I want to be intentional. I want to help Mazy understand the importance of what Christmas is all about.
What are YOUR favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas?