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I have to let you in on a little secret… I am not fond of the Elf on the Shelf.
Yes, I know that lots of people love that creepy-looking little mischief maker. And I do love seeing everyone’s photos showing what their Elf got up to while the kids were sleeping. But the idea that elves are watching children to make sure that they’re behaving, so that they can tell Santa about it, just doesn’t sit right with me. Especially when you consider all the naughty things those elves get up to. Maybe Santa should be told about their behaviour!
However, I do love a bit of Christmas magic and what could be more magical than elves at Christmas?
So, I started looking for alternatives
Christmas is right around the corner and I wanted to start a new tradition with the twins that we could all have a bit of fun with. I know that I could just do the fun Elf on the Shelf stuff without the Santa Spy part – I know that lots of people do – but I just can’t get over how creepy he looks! I wanted something cuter.
Enter… the Kindness Elves!
These adorable little elves are perfect.
When I first saw them, I knew they were exactly what I wanted.
The Kindness Elves were created by Anna at The Imagination Tree in November 2013. She’s a mum and a former primary school teacher and, like me, she wanted an alternative to that other elf. So she made one! And the Kindness Elves were born. The idea is that the Kindness Elves spread kindness everywhere they go and they make suggestions for things the children can do to be kind to others. This is exactly the kind of tradition I want to introduce to the twins.
The awesome thing about the Kindness Elves is that they don’t have to only visit at Christmas.
They can be used all year round to encourage children to be kind, which is just lovely!
They come with their own little house, which has a working mail box so the children can write letters to the elves and the elves can reply (assuming mum doesn’t forget…) and there are 6 different “families”, which have different colour clothes and different personalities.
I decided to go for the green elves (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know it took me a while to decide), because green is my favourite colour and they seemed nice and Christmassy. There’s a red and grey option (also Christmassy and adorable), but I wanted something a little bit different. So welcome… Flora and Sage.
We also got The Story of the Kindness Elves, which is a beautifully illustrated hardback book. It tells the story of who the elves are, where they live, what they do there and how they ended up visiting children. I plan to read it to the twins at bedtime, the night before our elves arrive! The Camp Kindness Bundle that I purchased comes with everything you need to introduce the Kindness Elves to your family… and probably quite a bit more.
After all, all you really need are the elves.
But the Kindness Elves Accessories Pack will definitely help. It’s packed full of helpful suggestions to get you started, including a step-by-step guide, heart shaped Acts of Kindness Cards (some with ideas already printed on them and some blank), sheets of stickers and little postcards for the elves to send to the children when they’ve done something kind. My favourite thing in this pack is the Little Book of Big Kindnesses. It’s like a little scrapbook for you to record all the lovely memories you make with the Kindness Elves!
We’re going to start simple
The twins are still very little and, while we do encourage them to be kind, there are limits to what I can get them to do this year. We’re going to focus on being kind to each other and doing fun things together as a family. I can’t wait and I’m so pleased I found the Kindness Elves this year.
I’ll be posting updates on our Kindness Elves throughout Blogmas – mostly on Instagram, so don’t forget to follow me! And, if you have your own Kindness Elves, I’d love to hear all about them. So leave me a message below or tag me in any elf-related Instagram/Twitter posts that I can see (and steal your ideas….)!