****This is last years Elf on the Shelf post and how we incorporated him into our beliefs about Christmas and grace vs. works. I can’t wait to show ya’ll what we have planned for this year!! I’ve updated the post with a Jpeg of our letter that you can download then copy & paste as needed. Enjoy!!! updated 11.22.13 Check out this year’s letter which also addresses racism & compassion.
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As Michael and I have grown in our faith and our relationship with Christ, we seem to start raising our eyebrows once the Christmas season rolls around. “Do we do Santa? Do we not do Santa? What about the elf?” We have been struggling to find a balance between making Christ the focus of Christmas and keeping it magical and memorable for the kids. Michael and I have both tried to keep grace as a focus in our hearts and something we teach the boys daily. When you really and truly receive His grace and realize that He loves you ‘just because’ and not because of anything you did or didn’t do, it will rock you to the core.
God gave his Son freely. Jesus loves us freely. If we are His children and God doesn’t expect us to be nice vs. naughty, then why should Santa? He shows up and gives us his big fat sleigh of love regardless if we’ve been bad or good, for goodness sake!
My parents always said that they allowed Santa to be a part of the celebration because it was an example to us to believe in things we couldn’t see. Even though we couldn’t see Santa, as long as we believed, he would come to visit us. Just like our Heavenly Father, as long as we put our faith in Him, He will deliver his promises!
We did a Breakfast to celebrate the arrival of our Elf, Alfredo. He decorated the kitchen all kooky and had a spread of donuts, gingerbread men, & hot cocoa!