Chances are, you have heard about about Elf on the Shelf, the popular family tradition where children wake up to find one of Santa’s elves in a new mischievous situation. The elf is said to watch the children and report back to Santa if they have been naughty or nice.
Many parents seek out alternatives to Elf on the Shelf either because they don’t celebrate Santa in the popular way or they just want to do something different. If that’s you, here is a roundup of alternatives to consider. They may make a great addition to your family traditions this year!
Our family loves the Jesse Tree. An easy alternative to Elf on the Shelf is to hide the day’s Jesse Tree ornament for the children to find each morning. In fact, this approach would work with any favorite advent activity! Read more at Proverbial Homemaker.
Another simple activity is to start the journey of the Magi after Thanksgiving and have them end at baby Jesus under the Christmas tree. They can be in a new, fun location every morning for the kids to find with a little scripture or devotional on a piece of paper for them to read.
More Great Ideas
- The Christmas Angel is a product you can purchase that is similar to the Elf on the Shelf, but with a Christ-focused tradition.
- The Advent Angel is Mama Hall’s DIY approach similar to The Christmas Angel
- If you want to continue using Elf on the Shelf but add an acts of kindness focus, try these kindness printables from Mommy Savers
- Hide jingle bells inside and outdoors for a fun treasure hunt for kids like this activity at Edventures with Kids
- These rascally reindeer decorations/activities are just too fun! From Happy Hooligans.