During the Christmas season, everywhere I looked, I seemed to see Elf on The Shelf. Or I heard people complaining about the “Elf” living at their house!
7 Christian Elf on the Shelf Alternatives
To me, the “Elf” did not add joy to their holiday season. It even seemed to add more stress. Almost every day I heard or saw an adult comment, “I hate the elf.” “Wish I had never purchased the darn thing.” and “That elf is ruining Christmas!”
One thing for sure, it did not lead children to the manger or learning about the real meaning of Christmas.
Perhaps, you are looking for a positive, Christian Elf on the Shelf alternative for next year.
Now is the time to pick Elf on the Shelf alternative items up either online or in stores. My friend from the states mentioned she saw several alternatives at 50% off in local Hallmark stores in the states.
Our family enjoys, Melk the Monkey, and I have created a series of lessons to use throughout the year to keep Melk and the Christmas Story alive in their hearts all year long. My kids learned so much from Melk, the Elf alternative.
Some other Christian Elf on the Shelf alternatives are:
The Christmas Angel
The Christmas Angel is an Elf on the Shelf type Christmas tradition that helps families to focus on the true meaning of Christmas as they look for ways to keep Christ in Christmas during the Advent season.
Each Christmas Angel comes in a keepsake tin that includes The Christmas Angel storybook, the Christmas Angel plush doll, and a pouch of “golden dust.”Included with the Christmas Angel doll is a colorfully illustrated storybook that shares the story of the Christmas Angel with your family.
You can find various activities using the Christmas Angel on Pinterest. Some examples, leaving glitter dust from the angel wings and hiding the angel.
Kindness Elves™, a sweet-natured alternative to the “naughty elf” tradition, with a positive message of emphasizing kindness, sharing and gratitude within our children! These adorable little friends help the kids to develop thoughtfulness and compassion for the world around them in a playful and fun way! No focus on bad behavior or reporting back to anyone, but a positive focus for building kind character habits for a lifetime.
The Shepherd on the Search
The Shepherd on the Search is a fun family activity that celebrates the birth of Christ. It is a way to create a meaningful tradition for the entire family. kit includes:
The Shepherd on the Search kit includes:
- a storybook
- a super cute 9.5-inch plush shepherd boy doll
- a decorative box for storing your shepherd for years to come.
It includes activities in the book and you can find more on Pinterest.
The Christmas Star From Afar
What a great way to introduce your little ones to the tory of Jesus Birth. The Christmas Star From Afar kit includes:
- An Advent Calendar that reveals the long history of the holiday
- A Hide and Seek Game for kids of all ages.
- A Nativity Set for kids. Is complete with nativity, figurines, and a storybook.
- Detailed instructions for how to use the set.
Ewe On A Pew
A fun Christmas tradition is meant to reinforce the story of the birth of Jesus in a fun and exciting way for children! The Ewe On A Pew will keep children interested in the message of Jesus.
Ewe on a Pew is a book and plush toy combo: it includes a 10-inch plush toy & fully Illustrated children's book.
Wandering Wise Men
Children pretend they are the Wise Men searching for baby Jesus. This advent project does not require items to be purchased. You can make nativity items or use what you have from your nativity set. The Wandering Wisemen information can be found here.
The blog explains the activities that could be used with the children.
Melk, The Christmas Monkey
Don't forget Melk, The Christmas Monkey. Melk, The Christmas Monkey, is an excellent tool for teaching God’s character to children. Use the 30 fun Bible lessons and activities that the entire family can enjoy during the Christmas Advent season. There are also activities that can be incorporated into other holidays such as valentine's day, Easter, etc.
Whichever Elf on the Shelf alternative you choose for next year, remember the goal is to find a fun, educational and meaningful way for your children to learn about the true meaning of Christmas, the baby in the manger and their connection to Christ.
Which alternative is your favorite? Did we miss any great Elf on the Shelf alternatives?