I love Christmas family traditions, it’s what makes Christmas magical! One of my personal favorite family traditions is our yearly Christmas Eve Nativity. On Christmas Eve we would all open pajamas and wear them to grandma and grandpas for the nativity story, I hope to continue this tradition with my own kids once they get big enough. Right now, they live in their PJs so they have plenty, maybe we’ll start with the PJs next year when they’re one!
I also bought an Elf on the Shelf and have been contemplating starting that as a tradition too. I’ve seen plenty of ideas for this on Pinterest and I have to say that some of them hardly instill kindness or being good. As a mom , I want to instill kindness, gratitude and service to others in my children and I think that the Elf on the Shelf can be the perfect avenue for reminding them of this. This new approach to Elf on the Shelf helps remind them to not only be good but DO good. The extra bonus is for me–it’s easy and doesn’t over complicate things!
Today, we found our little elf with a elf size notebook titled, Notes for Santa. Each day he writes little notes to Santa about the things he sees our family doing. Take a look at the few of his notes below.
To make your Elf on the Shelf Notes to Santa notebook cut up a piece of paper into several pieces of paper the same size and fold in half. Staple at the fold and label, Notes to Santa! Simple!
You don’t have to think about what he’s going to be doing tomorrow, just place him in a new location and jot down a good deed someone did that day. Hope this helps you do your job as a parent without the nagging–it’s our little secret that it’s really coming from you!