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Mom Replaced Her Elf On The Shelf With A New Tradition, And Says You Should Too

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Instead of tattling on kids for bad behavior, the Kindness Elf rewards children for doing good deeds.

Elberspacher's family handed out cookies to the elderly.Lauren Elberspacher

Elberspacher calls her creation “the perfect combination of magic and reality," and a nice way to promote the true spirit of the holiday season. She even calls the Kindness Elf an "extension of The Greatest Story Ever Told."

The Elf - which is nicknamed Jingle in Elberspacher's home - leaves a daily mission of kindness for the children every morning in December, which gives them "the opportunity to practice intentional kindness on a daily basis."

The blogger's examples of these good deeds include:

  • Open the door for a stranger
  • Pay for someone’s coffee
  • Call a friend and tell them one thing you love about them
  • Go to a church, Salvation Army, or community center and adopt a child/family for Christmas

But even the Elf realizes it can be tiring doing something nice every day. A few times each week, Jingle leaves Family Fun Missions instead of good deeds to perform. These missions include things like looking at Christmas lights together, a holiday movie night, or going ice skating.

Christmas is the season of giving after all.Emmanuel Episcopal Church

"Here’s the thing, mamas and papas," Elberspacher explains, "KINDNESS MATTERS. And there is no better time than the season of love to teach our kids about what matters the most in this life."

Will you be swapping the Elf on the Shelf for a Kindness Elf this year?

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[H/T: Today]

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