The Christmas season is here!!! This Christmas is very special for us. E will be 3 in January and is old enough for us to explain to him the real reason we celebrate Christmas: the birth of our Savior.
One of my favorite Christmas memories as a child was in the magic of Santa. I remember when we were very little, we were at my grandparents house and my parents told us they were pretty sure that Santa was in the neighborhood. We ran outside, searching the sky for his sleigh. Of course, we were convinced we had spotted him! When we went back inside, Santa was there!!! We were completely oblivious to the fact that my Grandpa was missing… 😉 Such a fun memory!! When I grew older and learned the truth behind Santa, I remember having fun keeping the secret so that my little brother could enjoy the magic as well. Even though we know the truth, to this day, we still get gifts from Santa on Christmas day. The magic of Santa lives on!
My husband and I want our child (and future kiddos) to enjoy the magical part of Christmas that is Santa. We also want them to understand the true meaning behind Christmas.
This Christmas, we are going to do Elf on the Shelf Jesus style. We don’t want to do the “naughty or nice” scare tactic. We want to use the Elf to combine the magic of Santa and the celebration of Jesus birth.
Tomorrow, our elf will be arriving “in the mail” in a box with a letter from Santa. And here’s what it says:
As part of our advent activities, we will be using Elf on the Shelf to teach about Jesus. We have been talking about what our daily lives look like when we have Jesus in our heart. Each morning, our elf will be found doing something that will teach our little one what it looks like to have Jesus in our heart. One day, the elf will be reading the bible to some of his stuffed animal friends. Another morning, he will be found praying. Another day, he will have a task from Santa to take food to a local food bank. We have alot of fun activities planned for this advent season and I know E is going to love it.
In addition to Elf on the Shelf, we are going to do Truth in the Tinsel. This is an awesome resource that uses scripture to teach the Christmas story to toddlers and young children. Each day, you read a part of the Christmas story and make an ornament to help your little one remember what they learned that day. It is designed to be a hands on learning experience for tots and we are super excited to incorporate this into our Advent activities.
My hope is that my child (and perhaps yours!) will experience the magic of Santa and learn the true reason we celebrate Christmas.
Click here to download the Letter from Santa and fill in your child(ren)’s name 🙂
Do you have any advent activities planned this Christmas season? Are you doing Elf on the Shelf?