This week we are focusing on the GIVING aspects of Christmas with our Elf on the Shelf (aka Elfie.)
I’ve included scripture passages along with Elfie’s requests is you’re interested in the exact wording of Elfie’s notes. These are definitely geared toward older children, so if you have young ones, it might be better to just do the activity with them rather then leave a note. However, if you’re like me, you like to write everything down and have it all prepared ahead of time so there’s a PLAN. If you are a little lost with this post, please read this and this so you know what’s up!
Monday November 30th:
“…Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Jesus wants us to know that by giving to others, we will get so much more in return…those good feelings you get when you help another person? Yes! That’s what he means! God is waiting and watching for us to always do good and to think of others before ourselves.
Today, your mission is to prepare a bag of canned and boxed food for the needy. Leave it with me and I will take the bag to the [insert name of Food pantry or charity] for you. You are giving someone’s family a blessing by offering some of your food to them.
Tuesday December 1st:
Philippians 2:4 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Being a giving person means thinking of others first. Sometimes during the holidays, people may feel alone because they are far away from their own loved ones or because their family is no longer around. Sending them a card or calling them on the phone to ask how their day was is a wonderful way to show them that you are thinking about them. Today I want you to send a card or call someone who you think could use a “pick-me-up.”
Wednesday December 2nd:
Proverbs 11:25 “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
Christmas is a wonderful time to visit with others and share a meal. For today’s mission, invite someone over for dinner this weekend. Create a special menu for the meal and let them know how much you are looking forward to seeing them.
Thursday December 3rd:
1 John 3:17 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has not pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”
The Christmas season can be difficult for those in need. Many children wake up and don’t have anything under the tree. Today is a good day to pick out 2 toys, one for a boy and one for a girl, and donate them to Toys for Tots, a toy drive by the US Marine Corps, that gives toys to needy children at Christmas time.
Friday December 4th:
John 6:12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.”
Jesus teaches us not to waste our resources. If we don’t need them anymore, that which can be reused should be. Repurposing and recycling is also a form of giving! Let’s clean out our closets and take our gently used wares to [donation center of your choice.]
Saturday December 5th:
Your friends are coming over today! Be sure to prepare the house and meal with lots of love! In Jesus’ time, sharing a meal was a special occasion, and in fact many bible stories take place while people are eating and drinking together. Enjoy your time together as a family and with your friends. And great job on your missions during this week of Giving!