I’m sure most of you have heard of Elf on the Shelf. It is adorable and looks like so much fun!
I’ve thought about joining in the fun, & even looked for an inexpensive elf when I was out shopping.
One thing kept holding me back though –> I don’t want to encourage my children to delight in naughty behavior. While all in good fun, it is just not compatible with Jesus as the center of our holiday.
I put my thinking cap on & came up with Be an Angel.
We already had the angel bear in the pic, but you could also use an angel ornament or print one out.
It will make a debut tomorrow morning in our December Advent Countdown Box.
The rules are simple: Secretly do something nice for a member of the family & leave the angel bear behind.
That person could then do the next nice thing & leave it, but I have a feeling that in our family there will be some sneaking around & snatching of the bear in a race to serve each other. Exciting is always better, right? ; )
I plan on incorporating some of the silliness of Elf on the Shelf (like making snow angels in the sugar, or a cotton snowball fight), but hopefully our angel will be a little more well-behaved.
There are tons of angel ideas on Pinterest if you want to make your own.
Update: I am curious – is the phrase “Be an angel …” used in other parts of the country, or is it a Southern (or Texan!) thing? Example: Be an angel and hand me those chocolate cranberries before you rub yummy cake-scented lotion on my feet. : D Chime in!
Run on over to We Are That Family for tons of great ideas!
Btw, I’ve had this idea brewing for a couple of months now, but just last night I cam across The Christmas Angel. I don’t know if it is the same idea, but you might check into it if you want to purchase a set. (not affiliated)