It was late afternoon on Black Friday. We had had a wonderful holiday the night before filled with family, playing, and even a little “slapping whip cream in the facing”. As we came back in from an errand, there they were! Santa’s scout elves had arrived! But there was something different this year.
First of all, there were two elves instead of just one and each came with his very own scarf. One with a G and one with an R so we can tell them apart. Gav immediately knew which on was his. And they also had a note, tell the boys who they were and why they were here. The note read as such:
All story telling aside, I’m so excited about doing kindness elves this year! I’m really working on getting Gav into the spirit of giving rather than getting this year. He’s almost five (insert big crocodile mama tears) and he understands a lot more now. It’s a super hard lesson to teach as a parent, heck, it’s difficult as an adult sometimes but the reward to so amazing. I want my boys to experience that, the joy you get from seeing the joy in others. And speaking of JOY, that’s another Christian lesson my hubby and want to instill in our children. It’s the Christian order of giving/caring/loving/etc. Jesus, others, then yourself – J O Y.
This year, since it’s everyone’s first year doing this and I have two young children, we’re starting off small. However, I don’t want my boys to see it that way. I want them to see that even the smallest thing that they do, if it is for the wellbeing of someone else, they can have a big impact. A simple smile can even make someone feel a little less invisible.
Some of the kindness acts on our list include:
Drawing pictures for others (Gav loves to do this!)
Making blessing bags
Painting word rocks to leave at the park
and a few more!
I plan to do one a week, and then leave Gav a piece of candy or a note of encouragement the rest of the time. They are still elves after all!
What are your elves up to this Christmas season?
PS: These are $3.00 ornaments from Target with felt wrapped around like scarves.