We are new to the Elf On The Shelf thing. I promised myself for a long time that I wouldn’t be swept up in it, but you all know how much I love Christmas magic, and after a while it began to feel like we were missing out on some serious Christmas fun. Most of my decision had to do with a good friend (Hi, Christine!) who creates the most elaborate, awesome Elf On The Shelf set ups for her kids. Her son adores his elf (I kind of do too, he’s just that much fun), and when my seven year old told me that he really wished we had one I couldn’t pass up giving him a similar experience.
Our Elf has been having some fun with the kids – and to celebrate his first Christmas with us I decided to let him in on a Christmas tradition we have. In the two weeks leading up to Christmas we have an addition to our chocolate advent calendar – a daily kindness challenge. I started this years ago as a way to show the kids how simple it is to do something kind for another person. The idea was to give them lots of ways to show extra kindness without a lot of effort, because kindness doesn’t need us to go out of our way. In fact, it’s even better if it’s just part of our normal routine.
Starting this week, along with silly hi-jinks and sweet surprises, our Elf will be bringing daily Kindness Cards home with him. These printable cards are the perfect size for an Elf On The Shelf to hold, and the tasks don’t need a lot of preparation or supplies. To use your own kindness cards, just click on the link below to download the printable, print the image and cut out the cards!
The suggestions included on these cards are:
- Bake cookies to share with a friend.
- Leave a treat for the mail person. (We like to leave a package of hot cocoa, a candy cake and small pack of cookies).
- Write and send a letter to someone special. (This can include a trip to the post office, or you can write to a neighbor and deliver it personally).
- Compliment everyone you see today. (Make sure you do this one too!)
- Hand out candy canes to spread holiday cheer.
- Pick out a toy to donate to a family in need.
- Pick up and put away three things that aren’t yours. (One of my favorites, we need more of this at home!)
- Write a thank you note for the school nurse, custodian or office/cafeteria staff.
- Do a chore for someone else in the house.
- Write a thank you card for someone you appreciate.
- Make an ornament to give to someone special.
- Draw a picture for someone special.
Ready to get started?
Save to your computer, open the image and select print.
Make sure the “fit to page” box is NOT checked.
Print as a full page or 8X10 photo.
How does your elf encourage kindness?