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.