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I’m tired of hiding the Elf on a Shelf. This is teaching my kids, they can’t touch the elf, they have to be good in order to get things and has taught me it’s a pain to remember to move every day. Not to mention seeing so many posts of everyone’s elf being naughty. It’s just not what I want for my kids anymore.
So I had read a post about kindness elves and I thought, how can this be done for my kids. I searched online and couldn’t find a kindness elf. There was no ‘specific elf’ that was a kindness elf. So I found an elf for us. I found the two Elf Boy & Girl Elves . Or you buy Elf Girl or Elf Boy separately here. They don’t look as creepy as our shelf elf either. You can make your own too or shop locally during Christmas.
I wanted to instill in my kids hey, you should do kind deeds for others and pay it forward. Not worry about Santa and what he gets reported back to him. Our elf has never done bad things or misbehaved. He just sits around and looks creepy.
Kindness elf poem
You can include a little poem to introduce your elf, something like this:
I’m the kindness elf.
To spread some Christmas cheer.
It’s not about what you get,
but what you give my dear.
Be kind to one another,
let God’s love shine from your heart.
You’ll see the true meaning of Christmas,
grow and warm another persons heart.
Each day I’ll have a message,
on what we can do to spread some cheer.
You don’t need me with you,
to spread love and kindness throughout the year.
You can buy or make your own elf (depending on your craftiness. You can use these printable hearts I made and you can leave one a day with your elf, or write up your own. There 25 days to think of good things to do, I gave you a few to start with. You only have to remember to give a new heart each day, however many you want to do. You don’t have to move the elf around.
I encourage you to help teach your kids to pay it forward and do kind things for someone. Show them to think of others and not just themselves.
And best part, let your kids hug, kiss and touch the kindness elves! See what we did in 2014 with the kindness elves.