Elf on a Shelf 12 Days of Christmas Kindness

We introduced our family Elf on a Shelf, Caramel Carl (our kids did a fantastic job naming him), a few years ago. He’s quite the celebrity around the house, well known for all his ridiculous antics and the trouble he conjures up while everyone is sleeping.

This year, amidst all the debate on Elf on a Shelf, I found myself lacking inspiration and drive to come up with new mischievous acts for our pointy-eared little friend. A few days ago, I came across a different take on the holiday elf, called Kindness Elves. If we didn’t already have an elf that the kids know and love, I’d consider switching to these Kindness Elves; instead, I intend to focus on the same principles behind the idea with our Elf of a Shelf, while still preserving some of his beloved troublemaker nature. Specifically, I’ll be cutting down to 12 days from the full 25 (mostly for my own sanity and convenience) and will have each of the days focused on an act of kindness to help capture the true spirit of the season.

Here are the ideas I’m planning to use for our 12 days of Christmas with our elf:

  1. Elf in a flour mess on the kitchen countertop with a mixing bowl and cookie recipe with a note to the kids to bake cookies for a neighbor, friend or family member.
  2. Elf in the dog food container, with spilled dog food all around and a note to the kids to go to the store to pick pet supplies to donate to an animal shelter.
  3. Elf reading a book to stuffed animal audience with a note for the kids to collect old books and toys to donate to a children’s shelter.
  4. Elf in the middle of a craft supply mess, with a note for the kids to make homemade Christmas cards for a nursing home.
  5. Elf in the middle of a thank you letter surrounded by crumpled up paper wads of past attempts with a note to the kids to write a thank you letter for someone.
  6. Elf in the pantry with a straw in the honey or syrup with a note to the kids to donate food to those in need at a food pantry.
  7. Elf attempting to take out a trash with a note to the kids to do a chore without being asked.
  8. Elf sitting next to a piggy bank with miniature tools (hammer, screwdriver, etc.) to “break-in” with a note to the kids to buy a new toy to donate to “Toys for Tots”.
  9. Elf sitting in front of a mirror with a compliment about your children written on it with lipstick and a note for the kids to pay it forward by complimenting 5 friends.
  10. Elf sitting next to partially eaten apple with a note to the kids to buy a gift for your teacher (since he/she got hungry and ate the apple that was supposed to go to the teacher).
  11. Elf sitting by a toy phone with a note to the kids to brighten a relative’s day with a phone call.
  12. Elf in a box with some of the kids’ old clothes scattered about with a note to the kids to gather their old clothes to donate.

Elf on a Shelf 12 Days of Christmas Kindness

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