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).