Repurpose Elf on the Shelf: 30 Days of Kindness
Whether you think the Elf on the Shelf is cute or creepy, more and more elves are sitting on shelves (or actually hanging from chandeliers, Christmas trees, and pretty much getting into all sorts of trouble) than ever before. Honestly, starting the elf on the shelf tradition all together was a struggle for me and it soon became something I was repeatedly forgetting about.
That is until my kids started asking why “Elfie” was in the same spot for five days in a row. Errrr… let’s just say my parental elf on the shelf duty was most often times a fail. So, I’ve changed the tradition just a bit and repurposed the ordinary elf on the shelf to be a kindness elf to keep me motivated to keep up this tradition.
The new, repurposed elf on the shelf, has been coming to our home for the past several years bringing us messages and inviting us to do daily acts of kindness for others. I figure if I am going to go through all the trouble with having an elf tradition in our home, he might as well teach us something right?
He writes to tell us when he sees us doing something kind and also encourages us to do things for others. One of our favorite things is to bake treats for the neighbors, ring the doorbell and run! Elfie reminds us to do this!
He also reminds us to hand write letters and mail them to someone who could use some encouragement during the holiday seasons. My kids love to send out snail mail!
I know, to some, this idea seems like it would be more of a hassle, but let me assure you that the daily tasks can be as simple as a smile or giving someone a compliment. And to make it even easier for ya, I have thought of a month worth of things the elf can encourage your family to do this holiday season! I even already typed them up so all you have to do is print and have the elf sign! You can find the link to the printables by going here.
30 ideas to spread kindness this holiday season:
Bake a treat and take it to a neighbor
Write a handwritten letter to someone
Take someone’s shopping cart back for them
Do what is asked by your parents the first time
Do an act of service for a sibling
Smile at a stranger
Take the time and listen to someone today
Call or visit a grandparent
Do a job at home without being asked
Make someone’s bed (that’s not your own)
Help with dinner
Shovel someone’s sidewalk
Write a thank you note to your teacher
Give someone a compliment
Invite someone new to play with you
Draw a picture and give it to a friend
Leave a kind note on someone’s windshield
Let a sibling or friend choose a game they want
Let someone else take a turn first
Take some snacks and water to the waiting room of an emergency room
Leave a dollar bill and a snack at a Redbox
Bring dinner to a family
Donate a few of your toys to someone in need
Ask to watch someone’s little ones while they run errands
Wash and vacuum someone’s car
Donate some clothes and shoes to someone in need
Make a care kit and give to someone in need
Donate some canned food to the local food bank
Tell someone you love them today
Write a thank you note to Santa clause for all his hard work
Usually, My rowdy boys who would rather wrestle than hug (this is their idea of a gentle loving hug!) and at times they get annoyed with each other and begin to bicker, but I have noticed throughout the month of December when they are focusing on others and serving one another, there is less contention and more peace in our home.
So, give this variation of a tradition you might already be doing and let us know how it goes!!
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