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How to Give Elf On The Shelf Ideas More Meaning

Love the Elf on The Shelf? Are you looking to make the Elf On The Shelf ideas a little more meaning? Here are ideas you can use to adapt this popular idea for your ministry.


Pick an Elf on the Shelf Character

Use the Elf with the following weekly ideas, or replace the Elf with:

  • A stuffed felt star (use a permanent marker to make a happy face)
  • An angel
  • Three wise men

Weekly Prompts

Once you’ve decided which character you’ll use, try these fun ideas with your ministry kids each week to help them discover the miracle of Jesus’ birth through new eyes. Begin by reminding kids that their goal each week is to find the character as they move closer and closer to baby Jesus or nativity scene each week.

Week 1

The Elf on the Shelf is in a wagon or car on the way to Bethlehem. Say: He’s on the trail of Mary and Joseph as they travel to the census! Read Luke 2:1-5.

Week 2

The Elf on the Shelf has his big suitcase but must sleep on it using a pillow and blanket. Say: There’s no room at the inn! Read Luke 2:7.

Week 3

The Elf on the Shelf is covered head to toe in cotton balls. Say: he’s been helping the shepherds tend their sheep. Read Luke 2:8-12.

Week 4

The Elf on the Shelf is at the manger with Baby Jesus. Say: He gets to join with the world in celebrating the birth of God’s Son! Read Luke 2:13-20

Check out all our Christmas posts, and for loads of great ideas all year long, subscribe today to Children’s Ministry Magazine!


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