3 Alternatives to “Elf on the Shelf” to Help Your Child Get into the Festive Mood
Christmas is just around the corner, and everyone is probably starting to think about the holiday and all the festive fun that comes with it. One of the common traditions these days is the very popular “Elf on the Shelf” idea. It brings a cute (well, I personally think they're creepy) Elf into your house that you get to do daily fun things with (like hide him in funny places). He's used to help keep your children in the spirit, and he's said to bring the happenings back to Santa — that's how he knows if you're naughty or nice.
It's not a tradition I do with my kids for a few reasons, but I do think the fun behind this tradition is a good one. It's fun to see the kids get really excited about Christmas and have fun finding a hidden elf, but the watching for Santa thing is creepy to me.
If the Elf on the Shelf isn't your thing either, there are some alternatives that bring the same spirit of fun and family without the idea that the elf is there, watching for your kids to do something bad.
One of my biggest issues with the popular elf idea is that it's used to make your children behave and scares them into doing so. This alternative — the kindness elf — does the opposite and highlights the good your children are doing, which I think sends a much more positive message for kids.
If you'd like to read up more on the idea behind the Kindness Elf and how you can incorporate it into your child's festivities, check out Imagination Tree.
If your family is religious and you prefer to keep the idea of Santa and his elves out of your traditions, there are still ways to incorporate the fun spirit behind the Elf without highlighting those areas your family doesn't celebrate (like Santa).
The Advent Angel is also a great idea even if you're not religious, as it centers around fun hiding places, highlighting the good in your children and others, and offers positive, handwritten letters.
If you'd like to read up more on the idea behind the Advent Angel and how you can incorporate it into your child's festivities, check out Mama Hall.
Put in place your own traditions to set off the season
When I was young, we would start the holiday season right after my December-born sister's birthday. We'd start by shopping for a tree, decorating, and baking holiday cookies. If you're not into the elf idea or the daily holiday-spirit thing, just starting off the holiday with traditions like tree decorating and cookie baking will not only be fun activities as a family, but they will help your kids get right into the holiday spirit.
If you do want to partake in the daily fun, doing some holiday-inspired activity is a great, active way to get the kids involved. Coloring sheets, doing good deeds, and watching holiday movies are perfect for kids of all ages.
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