Elf on the shelf alternatives?

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Elf on the shelf alternatives?
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Mon, 11-07-2011 - 3:49pm

Hi ladies, I'm looking for some advice. I'd like to start a Christmas tradition with our family (three kids under 4 years of age), similar to 'elf on the shelf". The thing is, we don't do Santa and I'm looking for a daily tradition that stays true to the true meaning of Christmas. We're currently doing a '31 days of thankfulness" tree, where each child makes a handprint 'leaf' and writes what they are thankful for that day. I want to do something similar, where we remember daily what Christmas is all about. Thoughts? Advice?

Thanks in advance :)

  

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Mon, 11-07-2011 - 6:32pm
How about making your own advent calendar? I don't actually know what "elf on the shelf" is yet - will Google later - but your thankfulness tree had me picturing an advent calendar you put together yourselves with verses or little nativity pictures for each day.

We do Santa because of the mutual family traditions, but my mum also passed on to me an advent calendar with verses behind the doors. Much better than cheap chocolates, I think!

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 6:43am

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 8:54am

We do Elf on a Shelf and my kids love it. I think mostly they love the "hunt" in the morning to find the elf. In fact, my youngest just piped up last night wondering when and where the Elf might appear next. We still do Santa at our house, but my kids know the whole reason we give gifts on Christmas is because of Jesus.The point of Elf on a Shelf for those that don't know is this is an Elf that Santa sent down to watch over you and make sure you're being good.

What if you hid an angel around the house that had an Advent verse inside? You could discuss the verse each day?

My kids are 7 and 9. The 7 year old is still totally into the Elf and all that but I'm pretty sure my 9 year old knows the truth. They both still enjoy looking though and DH and I enjoy finding fun hiding places.

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 10:55am
I don't understand the elf on the shelf thing? What is it? I get what you're saying, but what do you DO with it?
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 11:30am

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 2:51pm

I've never been an Elf on the Shelf fan. We don't do santa either & I found the spying stuffed elf concept kinda creepy lol. I could see how some have fun with it so I'm not judging :) Just not my style. We don't have any different alterantives to that exactly. We've done advent calendars & the little people nativity. We also do Operation Christmas Child as a giving project for the kids. I say just follow what you'd like to teach them & have fun!

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Registered: 04-18-2001
Tue, 11-08-2011 - 4:02pm
Ooh, I like your idea! Now that I know what the elf is, I think I'd much rather have an angel looking over my kids. ;)

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 4:04pm
"I've been around IV forever"

I think I've been around almost as long as you have, though I was on the Books & Writing side of the site. *Ponders the days before the Internet and shakes her head at how old she's getting* ;)

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 4:35pm

How about a Jesse tree? It's an avent tree (I've only just learned about it) but there is a different verse for each day that you read, starting at Genesis, it tells all about Jesus each verse has a corresponding picture/ornament that you hang on youhttps://www.facebook.com/r Jesse tree. You can buy or make them, simple or elaborate. I think this year might be made of paper for us but I'd like to embroider a set!

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 6:55pm
Hahaha! Tell me about it! I remember our first computer and i think internet was a thing that was still nebulous. Then in college there was some sort of internet access and then i found aol chat with a friend but it was nothing like there is today

And now you have me thinking of life pre-vhs, pre-microwave, pre-cd, and so on....


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