Do you participate in Elf on the Shelf?
We do. But with our own little flair.
Judah already knows that Santa is just pretend. Don’t worry – he knows not to tell other kids, so don’t cancel your play dates with us, please!
We try our best to not make Christmas about Santa and presents. But, Judah really got into the Elf on the Shelf, just by seeing it and hearing about it. So, we have changed it up a little bit.
Our Elf comes every December 1st.
His name is Jingle. And he has his own door and ladder. He’s that cool.
Because I don’t really love the whole naughty/nice thing, I am using Jingle this year as a way to do good deeds/acts of service for others.
Tomorrow morning, he will be arriving with an advent calendar.
In this advent calendar will be 25 acts of Christmas Service for us to do as part of our schooling. I tried to incorporate plenty of writing, life-lesson opportunities, baking, crafts and much more. I’m excited!
Most of them are free. Some of them cost a small amount. There are a few that cost a little bit more. But not much.
I don’t want it to be about money and gifts, remember?
Here is our list of good deeds for the next month. Below, I have included a download for the printable squares that you can fold up and put in your own advent calendar!
I have also included some Holiday Cheer Cards to have on hand when you do something out in public. You can attach them to any money or service you do. Have fun! And share your experiences with me, please!!
1: Start a prayer board. Add things or people to your board all month that you would like to pray about/for.
2: Do something extra kind for a sibling.
3: Make a Love-Jar. We are going to all be writing nice things about each other and adding them to the jar. You can also add notes all throughout the month if you think of something nice to say. On Christmas, we will read them together.
4: Pick up garbage outside
5: Make and send cards to sick children in the hospital
6: Make a craft and mail it to a friend.
7: Write a letter to the President telling him about something that is important to you.
8: Make/deliver cookies to the firefighters or policemen
9: Deliver cookies to your neighbor(s)
10: Pay for the person behind you at the drive thru. Make sure you leave a Holiday Cheer Card so they know why you did it!
11: Write something nice about Daddy for our Love-Jar.
12: Ding Dong Ditch a neighbor and leave a special Christmas surprise. Include a Holiday Cheer Card.
13: Make Daddy breakfast in bed.
14: Write something nice about Mommy for our Love-Jar.
15: Leave quarters and Holiday Cheer Cards on vending machines.
16: Hand deliver a gift/card to a friend.
17: Make a card for a teacher.
18: Hide dollar bills in the dollar section of Target, or at the dollar store. Include a Holiday Cheer Card.
19: Pick one of your toys you would like to give away to a friend.
20: Write something nice about Judah for our Love-Jar.
21: Do a chore that hasn’t been done yet – without being asked!
22: Write something nice about Dex for our Love-Jar.
23: Leave candy canes and Holiday Cheer Cards on windshields at the grocery store.
24: Do something extra nice for a family member today.
25: Read all of the Love-Jar notes together.
Here are three pages of the above services you can print and insert into your advent calendar.
Here are the printable cards to attach to your goodies!