Our Elf arrived on December 1, 2013 and was cleverly named "Elfie" by Summer.
Day 2-Elfie was found reading Summer's new Children's Devotional book she won at church.
There was also a letter written from Santa explaining that every night Elfie will come visit me and I will send him back with a new activity that you can do together to help you learn and remember the true meaning behind Christmas. Each morning, look for your new friend. He will be in your home waiting for you to find him so you can do the activity together!
Each letter from Santa is intended to focus on these values:
It is better to give then to receive.
God loves you so much!
You can help others because you have Jesus in your heart.
We have Christmas to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.
By Day 3, Elfie provided some money and a reminder that it is better to Give than Receive.
Day 4, Elfie was on top of the nativity scene reminding us that God loves us so much he sent his son, baby Jesus, to die for our sins.
Summer was so nervous when she saw Elfie on this side table because the one rule with Elfie is you can't touch him...rightfully so, as Zane sends the 3 wise men flying across the living room a few times a day. However, on this day he actually didn't touch him...ok, while I was cooking dinner he did bring Elfie to me (I panicked to get him back without Summer seeing) but otherwise he didn't touch him.
Day 5, Elfie was encouraging the kids to help others (Mom, Brother/Sister, Friend/Teacher) with a cheerful heart! Both kids were "helpful" to each other handing the other whatever it was they needed...lovey toy, drink cup. Oh, and because Elfie had a paper towel and some cleaning solution she begged me to "let" her clean the windows before she left for school. O.K. I have to admit, this was one of my favorite days!
Day 6, Elfie celebrated with supplies to make a birthday cake for Jesus, after all that's why we have Christmas!
Day 7, Surprise Surprise, Elfie made those cupcakes himself since Summer and Zane spent the night at Nana and Grandad's house (and they weren't all eaten at our Christmas party).
Day 8, Elfie hung on a family photo letting us know that family is a precious gift from God.
He also reminded the kids of Colossians 3:20, "Children, obey your parents in everything for this pleases the Lord."
Day 9, Elfie encouraged us to do something nice for our neighbors.
The Bible says, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 12:31
We took Elfie's big bag of M&Ms and Summer poured them in jars. We wrapped them in burlap and tied with a red bow attaching the M&M Christmas Story about the "3" Wise Men following the star to the "E"ast where they found a "M"anger where Jesus was born and how we "W"orship the king.
We are blessed with the best neighbors. We also plan to give some to our trash men this Friday. They have been purposefully waiving to Summer (and now Zane) for four years and it is about time we show them our appreciation.
Day 10, Elfie rewarded Summer and Zane for obeying his only rule of NO TOUCHING by sending them 2 of his cousins who they CAN touch.
They have been named Allie and Bama.
Day 11 Elfie was celebrating in the Christmas tree attached to a balloon.
His letter reminded the kids that "Today is the day that the Lord has made. Let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it." Psalm 118:24