Elf on the Shelf
Christmas with Intention
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It is that time of year again. The years go by so much quicker now that I am a parent, and I know that before I get a chance to blink Christmas will be over and the New Year will have begun. It is the same every year. We get caught up in shopping, parties, decorations and such that we forget to what Christmas is about. Christmas is about Jesus and his love for us. His willingness to come be a man for us. Christmas should be a time of celebration and family. Because of this, I wanted this year to be different. I want this year to be one centered around family and enjoying each others company. So, I sat down and made a list of all the things I wanted to do as a family this Christmas.
And then the dreaded question came…
My 4-year-old said the simple phrase, “Mommy I really hope our Elf comes again this year!” She has this love/scared of relationship with this elf. I questioned her a few times about it and she seems so excited, I knew I needed to follow through. This just added one more thing for Christmas planning. I don’t know about you but setting up the Elf (and remembering) is tricky business.
Then, wouldn’t you know it, at 2am (like all good decent ideas do), I woke up and decided to combine it all. I started formulating all the ways Elf on the Shelf could help me with my family activities. Hence, Elf on the Shelf with intention!
It is pretty simple really. For every family activity leading to Christmas, I set up the Elf to promote that activity for the day. For example, one day we will watch Polar express and drink hot cocoa, Elf that morning will be riding on a train (or car, or airplane, really any type of moving toy you have).
Day 1. This day is simple. It is also the only day set in stone. This is the day your Elf arrives. Last year I had a streamer going from my daughters room to the Elf. This year I am going to set him in the chimney upside down, like he is sneaking in and have his message ready.
December 12th is another day I will have set in stone because it is National Gingerbread House Day. I mean, you can’t not make gingerbread houses that day! So Mr.Elf will be out in the kitchen with the gingerbread house kit and accessories. So, let’s just talk for a minute. We recently went to Peddler’s Village where they had a gingerbread house contest. So, this year we are stepping up the game a bit and I am buying some extra candy! (Follow me on Instagram to find out what!)
On another day, I have planned to make our own ornaments. I was gifted a clay handprint kit for our ornaments this year. However, here are some really creative homemade ornament ideas.
Use a cinnamon stick for a sweet scent!
Still another day we are going to be doing one of my favorite traditions! PJ Light show!!! I apologize for all the exclamation points but this is a sweet tradition that my parents passed on to me that I am excited to do today. Everyone gets in their PJs and goes to bed. Read a story and sing songs. Wait about 5 minutes(enough time to warm the car). Then ring a bell and go in a tell the kids that its time to go see the lights! Hop in the car and drive around looking at the Christmas lights. It is one of my favorite cherished memories and I look forward to creating more with the girls.
Another activity on the list is to create a nativity to tell the Christmas story.
These puppets from Bible Fun for kids are perfect and FREE! So go check them out today.
Also, don’t forget to pick up your copy of this adorable Christmas movie The Star
A few other activities planned are
Game night (we buy a new family game to play), elf will be found among his stuffed friends playing.
Snowball fight, just like our elf we will enjoy a fun indoor snowball fight. Use wadded up paper for fun!
Minute to Win it Games – Dating Divas have a huge selection of them! They are amazing.
Making Reindeer food- Oatmeal and glitter easy and cheap
Plus a few others. Well there are 24 to be exact! I am excited about every single one. I think this Christmas will be full of love and family and I can not wait! Want to know what the other activities are? Do you love this idea but overwhelmed by the work? What if I told you it was already done for you?
Coming to the rescue!
I did not just want to share this idea but actually share what I am doing! I have put together a packet just for you that has all the information you could need inside. Included are the family activities, how to set up the elf and even messages from the elf!
For only two dollars you can have the whole kit!
What does this packet include?
This packet comes with:
- 24 ways to set up your Elf
- 24 activities that coincide with the Elf
- Messages from the Elf that go along
- Shopping List
- Christmas Scavenger Hunt
- Fake Snow Recipe
- Elf on the Shelf Writing Journal pages
Make you Christmas great again. Minimize some of the stress. Don’t want to do it all, pick the items you want and make it happen this Christmas.
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I truly can not wait to see how you all use your Elf on the Shelf this Christmas! I am so excited to see how all this goes with our family! Don’t forget to grab you Elf messages freebie AND tag me on your awesome Elf on the Shelf actions this Christmas!
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