After yesterday’s post, I’ve received some comments of “What will you do when your kids are the only ones without?” and also others about their solutions/alternatives to that elf, so I thought I’d do a follow up post, gathering them in one place for you. Most of these alternatives are for people of Christian faith, but a kindness elf is for anyone. 🙂 Also, linked at the bottom is a great website with many links on if you’ve started but want to stop and make him a kindness elf.
1. Buy Elf-on-the-Shelf, but make him a kindness elf. Each day have the elf tell your kids a different random act of kindness that your family will do that day. This, for me, is a good compromise if you want your kids to have the actual elf. We still won’t get him because I want my kiddos to see the difference in me saying no, the reasoning behind it, and truly understand. I think it’s ok for kids to be told no, they won’t be like all the others because I want that to be how they live- against the stream. But if your elf isn’t creepily tattling back to Santa and cajoling your children into behaving, I have no issue (not that you live to please me, lol!).
2. The Christmas Angel– Same idea as the kindness elf, just with an angel.
3. The Giving Manger– Same idea, but you put small bundles of hay in a manger after doing acts of kindness.
4. Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, by Ann Voskamp– I haven’t read this family devotional, but I’ve heard wonderful things about it. I love Ann’s writing, and she focuses her entire life on gratitude.
5. The Star From Afar– This is a star that is hidden in the house each night. The wise men are then brought to join the star’s new location and then a family devotional is provided.
6. Kindness chains– make a 25 link paper chain with an act of kindness or giving written on each link. Complete your task each day. Kids love paper chains, so I think this one would be so fun to have around the house!
But what if I started the elf and now I want to stop?!
This question was posted on a Facebook group I am a part of, and I think it’s a valid concern.
This is a great blog entry with lots of links to check out. It has some amazing ideas for transforming your elf into something new!
I hope you are having an enjoyable holiday season thus far. Thanks for sharing it with me!
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