Carol Aebersold the co-author of The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition and her two daughters Christa Pitts and Chanda Bell have given us a gift.
Seven to ten million elves inhabit our homes for the full month of December and communicate nightly with Santa. Our children love, respect and cherish their elf. This 7 inch elf in return entertains, returns love and captures their full attention at a level that is not equaled by their parents, their teachers or their friends. This elf presents an unparalleled opportunity.
When our children are young they want to see their elf present fun and entertaining vignettists each morning when they wake. They get up each morning with a mission to find their elf and see what he or she is up to.
What if on some mornings their elf slipped into the role of teacher; teacher and supporter of our Family Values or teachers of Life Lessons; not every morning but some mornings.
Here’s 25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas that Promote Family Values
December 1, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea#1
The Elf’s Arrival
When our elves arrives shortly after Thanksgiving he or she places a “magic wand” in each of the children’s Christmas stockings that hang on our fireplace mantel. Nothing happens until December 1. There is no explanation offered.
December 2, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #2
Elf Explains the Importance of the Christmas Season
Each of our children use a different kind of elf, they all name their elf and have a special affection for their elf but like the children they’re all different.
“Today is the start of the Christmas Holiday, it’s the celebration of Jesus birth over 2000 years ago. Jesus taught the world about love, charity and kindness.”
Today we will show our love and kindness with a Hug.
“See how many Hugs you can give today.”
December 3, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #3
A Swing Low Made From The Magic Wand Strings.
The strings supporting the swing come from the yarn on each of the children’s magic wands. Having three elves we don’t necessarily have all the elves doing something different each day, we’d rather emphasize that more can be achieved by working together. On most days our elves work together or in supporting roles all having fun together.
Swing Low Sweet Chariot : Johnny Cash tells the full story behind Swing Low. .
December 4, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #4
Elf Asks For A Random Act of Kindness
When the children come down for breakfast this Thursday morning they find their elf and their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.
“Some time today do something kind for someone who you cross paths with, someone you know or don’t know. Ask your parents for ideas. When you come home this evening I’d like you to share your random act of kindness with me.” Love ya, Bill .
December 5, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #5
Set Ridiculously Ambitious Goals
Shoot for The Moon
Our elf Shoots For The Moon and lands amidst the shooting of the new Star Wars Movie – The Force Awakens.
It’s all a part of setting Ridiculously Ambitious Goals, even if you don’t achieve them what you do achieve will be exceptional.
December 6, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #6
Saint Nicholas Day
In the United States, the custom associated with Saint Nicholas Day is children leave their shoes out on Saint Nicholas Eve in hope that Saint Nicholas will place some coins on the soles, for them to awake to. Our elves are always there to observe and to report back to Santa; who is a descendant of Saint Nicholas .
December 7, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #7
Share Your Good Fortune
When the children come down for breakfast this Sunday morning they find their elf with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, their holding money.
“You’ve been good this week and I told Santa, he sent you this $3.00 for you and he’s asked that you share it with someone who needs it more than you. Ask your parents for some ideas as to who that might be. When you share ask who you share it with to touch your magic wand; this will send a message to Santa that you shared your good fortune.
December 8, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #8
The Elves Make New Friends
After family friends are most important. It’s your friends and family that you share good times with and it’s your friends and family that stand with you in bad times.
December 9, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #9
Take care of your Mind, Body and Spirit.
Yoga is a part of our weekly activities, and our children understand the we have a Mind, a Body and a Spirit and that it’s important to develop and maintain all three to be a well-rounded and healthy person.
December 10, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #10
Family is a Team Sport The Elves Pitch-in
Cleaning, cooking, doing the laundry, and yard work are all things that a family has to do and working together is the best way.
“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
Paul “Bear” Bryant.
December 11, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #11
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you“.
A command based on words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount : “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” The Mosaic law contains a parallel commandment: “Whatever is hurtful to you, do not do to any other person.”
December 12, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #12
The Elves have “Gone Fish’n”
The Elves have gone fishing and got more than they had bargained for.
“you’re going to need a bigger boat” Who uttered these famous words? Chick Here to find-out. ..
December 13, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #13
He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother
In 1884, James Wells, Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland, in his book The Parables of Jesus tells the story of a little girl carrying a big baby boy. Seeing her struggling, someone asked if she wasn’t tired. With surprise she replied, “No, he’s not heavy; he’s my brother.”
He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, the song became a worldwide hit for The Hollies and again for Neil Diamond in 1970
December 14, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #14
Share Your Good Fortune
When the children come down for breakfast this Sunday morning they find their elf sitting with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.
“You’ve received many nice things for birthdays and Christmas over the years, pick out something that you love but could give to another child who would continue your love. Take it to Goodwill, or the Salvation Army and pass it on to another child. After you give it ask the clerk to touch your magic wand, that will let Santa know that you’ve Shared Your Good Fortune.
December 15, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #15
Elves have to make decisions.
Life is a continuing series of decisions, some are important others not so important, some will change our lives others not so much. But it’s important to be able to understand Right from Wrong, and Good from Bad. There’s always a right way and a wrong way to do things.
Ben Franklin said, “When in doubt, don’t”
December 16, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #16
Elves Bible Study
The Christmas Season is a time for family, friends, giving and receiving but it’s also important that we remember the real meaning behind Christ Mas; the celebration of the birth of Christ. It’s a wonderful time for the family read from the Holy Bible.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
December 17, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #17
The Elves Joined the Circus
You’ve seen the Flying Trapeze, but have you seen the Flying Ceiling Fan with a trio? They spin, they twirl, and they fly, please don’t turn the fan up to High.
“The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze”, originally published under the title “The Flying Trapeze” and also known as “The Man on the Flying Trapeze”, is a very well-known 19th century popular song about a flying trapeze circus performer, Jules Léotard. The song was first published in 1867, with words written by the British lyricist and singer, George Leybourne, with music by Gaston Lyle, and arranged by Alfred Lee. Here by: Eddie Cantor (January 31, 1892 — October 10, 1964)
December 18, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #18
Tell the Truth
Pinocchio asks the fairy how she knew that he was lying. The fairy replies: “Lies, my dear boy, are found out immediately, because they are of two sorts. There are lies that have short legs, and lies that have long noses. Your lie, as it happens, is one of those that have a long nose.”
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain
December 19, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #19
Joseph and Mary’s Journey
Over 2000 Years ago today Joseph and Mary left Nazareth to walk to the city of David , which is called Bethlehem, a journey of 65 miles. The went to register in Joseph’s city of birth as a part of the Roman Census. The trip took them five days.
December 20, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #20
Elves are Ready for Soccer Practice
Saturday is soccer day; games, or practice we spend a lot of time on the soccer field. So today the elves join in with some of their best moves.
December 21, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #21
Show Your Grandparents Some Love
Get to know them better; open old family picture albums and learn about them and your parents, and listen to their stories. There stories are your stories, there stories are your history.
Acknowledge their love; respond to their cards and gifts that you receive, let then know that you care for them as much as they care for you.
Visit them; take some time and go to their home and share what you’re doing with them; and ask them for help.
Help them out; if you live close and you know their working on a project offer to help. If they have something that you would really like to have when their gone tell them and tell them why.
December 22, Best Elf on the shelf Idea #22
The Elves Late Arrival
The Elves fly back to the North Pole every night to tell Santa who’s been naughty and who’s been nice and check-up on the production of that special gift that each child wants.
Bad weather in Canada and production problems made for a late arrival this morning, and we forgot to leave them a way in. Someone must have overslept.
December 23, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #23
Heavy Construction in the Family Room
I went into the attic and got out some of my Christmas presents from when I was a young boy. My Tonka Toys show some ware but their over 40 years old. The message I want the elves to deliver today is that if you take care of your things they can last forever and even pass on to your children.
December 24, Best Elf on the Shelf Idea #24
Mom Loves her kins in a way that they won’t understand until they have kids of their own.
Mom will be there for her kids when no one else will.
Mom loves her kids even when they neglect and hurt her.
Mom is the best friend you’ll ever have.
“Some time today let your Mom know how much you love her.“
December 25, The Ultimate Elf on the Shelf Idea #25
The children come down Christmas morning to find the house has been spun in a web of Christmas cheer.
“Santa and your Elf has hidden your special gift at the end of The Christmas Web where no else can find it; use your magic wand to help you find your special gift.”