The Christian Alternative to Elf on the Shelf
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(Please note, I was given a copy of The Shepherd’s Treasure to review, but the opinions expressed are all my own.)
Christmas is filled with magic and wonder for children. Before having kids of my own, I dreamed of an elaborate holiday and the memories we would make together. Fast forward six years and two special needs kids later, and this busy mom longs for a simple Christmas season.
Still, I want my kids to experience the magic and wonder of Christmas, but my focus has shifted to pointing their hearts to Jesus and to spending time together as a family. My goal is to make the Gospel come alive through memorable, Scripture-filled activities.
In our family, I’ve found that concepts like Elf on the Shelf distract from the true message of the season. Personally, I am not a fan of his mischievous ways and the trouble he gets into each day. I was thrilled to find a Christian version of this holiday tradition and can’t wait to share it with my kids this year!
The Shepherd’s Treasure… A Christian Alternative to Elf on the Shelf
Imagine my delight when I stumbled on a new Christian family tradition; A Shepherd’s Treasure! This Christ-centered activity comes with a bendable, plush Shepherd, the book, Advent cards and a plush baby Jesus in a manger. Then, throughout the season of Advent, the Shepherd encourages the children with Scripture reading, Christ-like character and random acts of kindness. This is exactly the focus that I want for my family’s holiday!
Each day you will move your Shepherd into a “fun” situation as suggested by the Activity Guide. You will place your shepherd, the daily Advent card and other props around him into creative situations. Likewise, the kids will be delighted by the daily activities and parents will appreciate the encouragement to grow in Christ-like character and biblical knowledge.
As a busy mom, I was concerned that I wouldn’t have time to plan the Shepherd’s activity each day or gather props. I love that the Activity Guide shows me a picture of each day’s activity or I can be creative and plan my own. Plus, there are more activities and a detailed shopping list found on their website.
Wholesome family fun & character building
Each day, the kids will love to hunt for their shepherd and listen to the Good News he brings. His message, printed on the Advent Card, will have the Scripture of the day on one side. It flows perfectly into our daily Advent reading in The Jesus Storybook Bible.
The other side of the Advent card has a practical application of the verse of the day. The practical application encourages children to do a random act of kindness or share their faith with others. Plus, the values of serving others and applying God’s word is exactly what I pray my kids learn this season.
For example, Day 10 suggests the shepherd should be found making a Christmas card. Then, the children are to make Christmas cards sharing the Good News of Jesus and give them to others.
Day 22 teaches kids to embrace an attitude of gratitude by creating a chain of thanks. Children should write or draw pictures of what they are thankful for, staple them in a chain and add it to the tree. We plan on keeping our chains for years to come to reflect on the blessings of the past year!
Thanks to The Shepherds Treasure, my children will experience a fun and character building Christmas season! Adding this system to our holiday will help guide them to a closer relationship with the Lord and teach them about giving back to others. That’s a win in my book!
Learn more about The Shepherd’s Treasure by visiting their website and through this video. May this Christ-centered activity lay a firm foundation of fun and faith for your holiday season!