Oh, Creepy Elves. I have a love-hate relationship with these Elves. I get all excited to bring them out. I Pinterest ideas on how to be cleaver with these little freaks. When it comes time to actually execute my plan, I struggle. I went to Michael’s in hopes to buy a kit with one of my Michael’s coupons to find out that Elf on the Shelf is exempt from coupons. Seriously, they actually expect you to pay $25 for some cardboard cutouts and an elf-sized chair. No thanks, I’ve got construction paper and scissors, I took art class in 8th grade, I can do this. In reality, most nights I forget and go stumbling around in the morning to move them before I get caught. “Oh look, those silly spies are hiding in the tree again.” However, every now and then, I’m brilliant! As I’ve said on repeat, I hate shopping. I think excessive consumerism is evil, so these Elf games can be a real conundrum. How do you make it memorable for your kids without playing into all the things I’ve come to hate about Christmas?
I think this is going to be my favorite new tradition.
I bought a pack of blank cards from Michael’s, I put a few Christmas stickers on them and gave the children assignments.
Here are my 6 heartfelt ideas
Write a letter to a friend
Write a thank you
Write a letter to tell someone you love them and why
Write an apology
Write an honest letter about how you’ve been a good child this year
Write a letter to someone who needs extra Holiday Cheer
That’s 6 DAYS of no scrambling to move them and an opportunity to sit down and encourage empathy, sharing, gratitude, and reflection.