The Kindness Elves: A New Christmas Tradition

The Kindness Elves - A new spin on the Elf on the Shelf Tradition #christmas traditions #elfontheshelf #elfontheshelfideas

The Kindness Elves:  A New Christmas Tradition

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition is extremely popular these days, but some people find this type of elf “magic” is a bit off-putting or even creepy.  Here’s a kinder, gentler alternative.  This Kindness Elf Tradition combines both the fun and magic of the elves with the spirit of the season.   The Kindness Elves use their magic to help others; whether it’s by baking holiday treats, shoveling driveways for the elderly or writing a kind note. Each day in December The Kindness Elves perform an elf-like RAK.

Ideas for Your Kindness Elves:

  • Give a box of unused toys to a younger friend or neighbor
  • Call Grandma/Grandpa just to say “hi”
  • Send a care package to someone far away
  • Make a card for a teacher
  • Offer to walk the dog of an elderly neighbor
  • Send a care package to someone in the military (here are some resources if you don’t know anyone)
  • Bring in needed supplies for the classroom
  • As a family, volunteer as a foster family for a kitten or dog at the Humane Society
  • Bring flowers or cookies to the neighbors
  • On trash day, bring the cans back up to the neighbors’ garage after the truck has gone by
  • Leave “wishing pennies” near a fountain
  • Give your kids’ outgrown clothing to a friend
  • Donate to the food shelf
  • Leave change in the vending machine
  • When you’re at the convenience store, buy a lottery ticket for a stranger
  • Write a letter to an anonymous nursing home resident (include some of your kids’ artwork)
  • Donate books to your school library or child’s classroom
  • Leave a treat in the mailbox for your carrier
  • Make cookies or brownies for your local volunteer fire department
  • Drop off some crayons and coloring books at your local doctors office, or hospital
  • Bring flowers to a local nursing home
  • Pack extra treats with your kids school lunch for them to share with friends

Read more about the Origin of the Kindness Elves


4 thoughts on “The Kindness Elves: A New Christmas Tradition

  1. Where may I buy the ADORABLE dolls with the knitted sweaters? (“kindness elves”) I would love to buy some like these so we can leave them around the house with messages to my boys announcing our next “kindness mission.” :-)

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