In keeping with the season, I’d love to share a few meaningful Advent traditions with you. As the weather chills, our homes become cozier, and we prepare for the celebration of Christmas, meaningful Advent traditions shape our days. We sip hot cocoa together, sing special songs, and bake cookies. I’d like you to meet one of my most cherished Advent traditions in our household, the Kindness Elves.
These elves have been part of our preparation during Advent for years now. They are fun and add a dash of magic in the children’s eyes, they are adorable additions to the home during Advent and Christmas, and most importantly they encourage kind actions and empathy towards others. A tradition which the children enjoy that helps me teach them habits of kindness is a real and valuable treasure during this season.
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The visit of the Kindness Elves every year begins with the elves perched somewhere in our kitchen when the children wake up and come downstairs on the first day of Advent.
This year I might try placing the Kindness Elves around a special breakfast, like cinnamon rolls or berries. ( Find my recipe for simple homemade cinnamon rolls here) On this first day, the elves will have a sweet, simple note explaining that they are here to help us prepare for Christmas by filling our hearts with kindness and giving love to others.
The notes for the following days are a mixture. Magical surprises on each day of Advent can be little reminders to share or do chores cheerfully, or sometimes small rewards for excellent kindness, or of course suggestions for acts of kindness. One day I’ll have a cookie the children must share, with instructions and encouragement in the note from the elves. Another day I’ll praise really good extra help around the house or an act of compassion for one another, and sometimes accompany this with a bundle of craisins or m&m’s tied in a tiny bundle. Most of the daily notes, though, are inspiration and encouragement for acts of kindness. We might make cookies and take them to an elderly neighbor. Maybe someone’s leaves still raking up and we can help. One year the post office’s heat was broken and we took hats and scarves over. These activities together are teaching our little ones and warm our own hearts as well!
If you are overwhelmed during this busy season and would prefer a set ready to go, complete with activities, The Kindness Elves accessories pack might be for you: it contains 50 Random Acts of Kindness cards, a hardback kindness memory book, magic sprinkles, stickers and gorgeous mini post cards, ready to use in the busiest household. There is a Bundle Set, the best value, which includes your choice of Kindness Elves, the accessories pack, and the beautiful Kindness Elves storybook.
Children, parents, and teachers all over the world are using and loving this tradition. The Kindness Elves company receives photos every day about the positive impact the little elves have on homes, classrooms and communities.
Before the big reveal, that first morning surprising the little ones with these magical elves of Christmas, the discovery of the package in the mail is just as fun for you! Here is a bit of my experience opening the package in the few quiet moments I could steal away during our busy day. The Kindness Elves arrive in an adorable little box decorated like a cozy cottage.
The different colors and styles you can order for these dolls makes them so beautiful. They come in many varied skin tones and different outfits and have kind, amiable, simple faces to delight young children.
They are ready to perch and pose around our home, with ideas and encouragement for each day! For a plentiful list of Kindness Elves ideas, visit my post here. You’ll find ideas for the notes, how to add that dash of wonder, recipes for treats, and abundant ideas for acts of kindness.
I am so excited and delighted to start placing these sweet elves around our home with meaningful notes, softening my own heart as well as nurturing the kindness in my children.
Thank you for meeting my favorite little traditional characters during this beautiful time of year. May you and your family experience peace and joy for this entire season.
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