Christian Elf Ideas

A Family Christmas Tradition built , The Christmas Web and the Christian values of giving, sharing, and love.

 

Our children have used Christmas elves for several years, I recognized that the elf could be a teaching tool as well as being a lot of fun for the kids.  Last year we put a new twist into the elf’s stay in our home.  We decided to turn the elf into a teacher, we asked our elves to help us develop our children’s Christian character as well as have fun.  We’ve for years also had The Christmas Web as a part of our holiday celebration.


Here’s our 25 Days of Best Christmas Tradition Ideas that we’ve incorporate all of our Christmas Traditions over the past 25 years.

Monday December 1,  Christian Elf Idea #1

The Elf’s Arrival. DSCN0916

When your elf arrives shortly after Thanksgiving he or she places a “magic wand” in each of the children’s Christmas stockings that hang on our fireplace mantel.  Nothing happens until December 1. There is no explanation offered the first year. .


Tuesday December 2, Christian Elf  Idea #2

Elf Explains the Importance of the Christmas Season

20150422_080639Each of our children use a different kind of elf, they all name their elf and have a special affection for their elf but like the children they’re all different.

“Today is the start of the Christmas Holiday, it’s the celebration of Jesus birth over 2000 years ago.   Jesus taught the world about love, charity and kindness.” 

Today we will show our love and kindness with a Hug.

“See how many Hugs you can give today.”

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Wednesday December 3, Christian Elf Idea #3

A Swing Low Made From The Magic Wand Strings.

20150422_083134The strings supporting the swing come from the yarn on each of the children’s magic wands. Having three elves we don’t necessarily have all the elves doing something different each day, we’d rather emphasize that more can be achieved by working together.  On most days our elves work together or in supporting roles all having fun together.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot : Johnny Cash tells the full story behind Swing Low. .

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Thursday December 4, CHRISTIAN Elf  #4

Elf Asks For A Random Act of Kindness20150422_070215

When the children come down for breakfast this Thursday morning they find their elf and their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.

“Some time today do something kind for someone who you cross paths with, someone you know or don’t know.  Ask your parents for ideas.  When you come home this evening I’d like you to share your random act of kindness with me.” Love ya, Lucie .

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Friday December 5, Christian Elf  Idea #5

Set Ridiculously Ambitious Goals

Elf takes a Moon Shot

Shoot for The Moon

 

Our elf Shoots For The Moon and lands amidst the shooting of the new Star Wars Movie – The Force Awakens.

It’s all a part of setting Ridiculously Ambitious Goals, even if you don’t achieve them what you do achieve will be exceptional.

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Saturday December 6, Christian Elf  Idea #6

Saint Nicholas Day

Elf on the Shelf Saint Nicholis DayIn the United States, the custom associated with Saint Nicholas Day is children leave their shoes out on Saint Nicholas Eve in hope that Saint Nicholas will place some coins on the soles, for them to awake to. Our elves are always there to observe and to report back to Santa; who is a descendant of Saint Nicholas .

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SUNDAY, December 7, Christian Elf  Idea #7

Share Your Good Fortune

Elf on the Shelf and Friends share good fortuneWhen the children come down for breakfast this Sunday morning they find their elf with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, their holding money.

“You’ve been good this week and I told Santa, he sent you this $3.00 for you and he’s asked that you share it with someone who needs it more than you.  Ask your parents for some ideas as to who that might be.  When you share ask who you share it with to touch your magic wand; this will send a message to Santa that you shared your good fortune.


Monday December 8, Christian Elf Idea #8 

 The Elves Make New Friends

Elf on the Shelf makes new friendsAfter family friends are most important.  It’s your friends and family that you share good times with and it’s your friends and family that stand with you in bad times.

If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend.
Saint Teresa of Avila

 Tuesday, December 9, Christian Elf Idea #9

20150422_115313Take care of your Mind, Body and Spirit.

Yoga is a part of our weekly activities, and our children understand the we have a Mind, a Body and a Spirit and that it’s important to develop and maintain all three to be a well-rounded and healthy person.

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Wednesday December 10, Christian Elf  Idea #10

 Family is a Team Sport The Elves Pitch-in

Elf on the Shelf CookingCleaning,  cooking, doing the laundry, and yard work are all things that a family has to do and working together is the best way.

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
Paul “Bear” Bryant
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Thursday December 11, Christian Elf  Idea #11

A Random Act of Kindness

Elf on the Shelf and Friends ask for Random Act of KindnessWhen the children come down for breakfast this Thursday morning they find their elf sitting with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.

“Some time today I’d like you to do something kind for someone who you cross paths with, someone you know or don’t know.  Ask your parents for ideas.  After you perform your Random Act of Kindness ask them to touch your magic wand, this will send a good message to Santa.


Friday December 12, Christian Elf  Idea #12

The Elves have “Gone Fish’n”Elf Idea

The Elves have gone fishing and got more than they had bargained for.

“you’re going to need a bigger boat” Who uttered these famous words? Chick Here to find-out. ..

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Saturday December 13, Christian Elf Idea #13

 He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother

He Ain't Heavy Elf on the ShelfIn 1884, James Wells, Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland, in his book The Parables of Jesus tells the story of a little girl carrying a big baby boy. Seeing her struggling, someone asked if she wasn’t tired. With surprise she replied, “No, he’s not heavy; he’s my brother.”

He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, the song became a worldwide hit for The Hollies and again for Neil Diamond in 1970

 

 

 


Sunday, December 14, Elf  Idea #14

Share Your Good Fortune

elf on shelf and friends ask to share good fortuneWhen the children come down for breakfast this Sunday morning they find their elf sitting with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.

“You’ve received many nice things for birthdays and Christmas over the years, pick out something that you love but could give to another child who would continue your love.  Take it to Goodwill, or the Salvation Army and pass it on to another child.  After you give it ask the clerk to touch your magic wand, that will let Santa know that you’ve Shared Your Good Fortune.


Monday December 15, Christian Elf  Idea #15

Elves have to make decisions.

Elf on the Shelf Right/ WrongLife is a continuing series of decisions, some are important others not so important, some will change our lives others not so much. But it’s important to be able to understand Right from Wrong, and Good from Bad. There’s always a right way and a wrong way to do things.

Ben Franklin said, “When in doubt, don’t”

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Tuesday December 16, Christian Elf  #16

Elves Bible Study

Elf on the Shelf Bible IdeaThe Christmas Season is a time for family, friends, giving and receiving but it’s also important that we remember the real meaning behind Christ Mas; the celebration of the birth of Christ.  It’s a wonderful time for the family read from the Holy Bible.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

 

 


Wednesday December 17, Christian Elf Idea #17

The Elves Joined the Circus

20150422_205351You’ve seen the Flying Trapeze, but have you seen the Flying Ceiling Fan with a trio? They spin, they twirl, and they fly, please don’t turn the fan up to Hi.

“The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze”, originally published under the title “The Flying Trapeze” and also known as “The Man on the Flying Trapeze”, is a very well-known 19th century popular song about a flying trapeze circus performer, Jules Léotard. The song was first published in 1867, with words written by the British lyricist and singer, George Leybourne, with music by Gaston Lyle, and arranged by Alfred Lee. Here by: Eddie Cantor (January 31, 1892 — October 10, 1964) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwvqMptS7UA


Thursday December 18, Christian Elf  Idea #18

A Random Act of Kindness

The Elf on the Shelf and friends /Random act of kindnessWhen the children come down for breakfast every Thursday morning they find their elf sitting with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.

“Some time today  at school say something nice to someone who that has not been a friend , someone you think would like to have more friends like you.  Tell your new friend that you’ll tell Santa about them with your magic wand.


Friday December 19, Christian Elf  Idea #19

Joseph and Mary’s Journey

20150422_161721Over 2000 Years ago today Joseph and Mary left Nazareth to walk to the city of David , which is called Bethlehem, a journey of  65 miles.  The went to register in Joseph’s city of birth as a part of the Roman Census.  The trip took them five days.

Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem

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SATURDAY, December 20, Christian Elf  Idea #20

Elves are Ready for Soccer Practice

20150430_113716[1]Saturday is soccer day; games, or practice we spend a lot of time on the soccer field.  So today the elves join in with some of their best moves.

 

 

 

 


Sunday December 21, Christian Elf Idea #21

Show Your Grandparents Some Love

elf shows some loveStay connected; with technology it’s easy to drop them an email, share pictures or call just to say hi.  Then write them a note, they’ll treasure it.

Get to know them better; open old family picture albums and learn about them and your parents, and listen to their stories.  There stories are your stories, there stories are your history.

Acknowledge their love; respond to their cards and gifts that you receive, let then know that you care for them as much as they care for you.

Visit them; take some time and go to their home and share what you’re doing with them; and ask them for help.

Help them out; if you live close and you know their working on a project offer to help.  If they have something that you would really like to have when their gone tell them and tell them why.

 


Monday December 22, Christian Elf  Idea #22

The Elves Late Arrival

The Elves fly back to the North Pole every night to tell Santa who’s been naughty and who’s been nice and check-up on the production of that special gift that each child wants.

Bad weather and production problems made for a late arrival this morning.


Tuesday December 23, Christian Elf  Idea #23

 Heavy Construction in the Family Room

Elf Oon the Shelf and friends do some heavy constructionI went into the attic and got out some of my Christmas presents from when I was a young boy.  My Tonka Toys show some ware but their over 40 years old. The message I want the elves to deliver today is that if you take care of your things they can last forever and even pass on to your children.

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Wednesday December 24, Christian Elf  Idea #24

Motherly Love

 

Elf Idea - Motherly LoveMom thinks of her kids even when their not with her.

Mom Loves her kids in a way that they won’t understand until they have kids of their own.

Mom will be there for her kids when no one else will.

Mom loves her kids even when they neglect and hurt her.

Mom is the best friend you’ll ever have.

“Some time today let your Mom know how much you love her.

 

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Thursday December 25,Christian Elf Idea #25

The Christmas Web – A Family Tradition

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The children come down Christmas morning to find the house has been spun in a web of Christmas cheer.

“Santa and your Elf has hidden your special gift at the end of The Christmas Web where no else can find it; use your magic wand to help you find your special gift.”


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