Sunday, December 6
This is a great day at SMPC! The Alternative Gift Market is this Sunday. Have your elf leave out some money for your child to spend with a note or a copy of the catalog.
For your own spiritual growth ⇑: consider how God might be calling you to give at our alternative gift market.
Monday, December 7
Your elf provides a mission for your child today: call a relative (in town or far away) and sing a Christmas song. I got this idea from Connected Families, which has some wonderful Elf on the Shelf suggestions here.
Tuesday, December 8
Joseph arrives! Here’s some scripture, questions, and a prayer to use with him: Joseph.
For your own spiritual growth ⇑: Todd Agnew’s This is All I Have to Give is a powerful song from the perspective of Joseph. Check out this video and consider what it meant for Joseph to obey God.
Wednesday, December 9
Your elf notices an act of kindness again. Here’s the printable in case you want to use it again:
Thursday, December 10
Today, your elf will have a can of food or other non-perishable item from your pantry. Your child is invited to choose another one to contribute to a canned food drive, or you can check out a list of dropoff sites for Loaves and Fishes here.
Friday, December 11
Snowflakes! Your elf leaves out paper and scissors to make snowflakes together to hang for decoration in your child’s windows. If you have an older child, here are some fun patterns you could print and use, and for a younger child, some coloring sheets.
Saturday, December 12
Today, your elf is hanging out on your mixing bowl with some supplies to make Christmas cookies together (after, of course you come to rehearsal for Come to Bethlehem at 10:30 am in the sanctuary!). Perhaps you will bring them to the cookie exchange on December 17th, or maybe you will deliver them to a fire station. Or keep them to eat together. The idea is to create with each other.
For your parent heart ♥: The Importance of Making Memories with Our Children, by Bruce Reyes-Chow, former moderator of the PC(USA) and all around awesome dude.
Another week down… check back next week for Week 3!