3-year-old, Ellie, with bag of candy canes, bunny, note from The Christmas Angel, and her angel SHARE

Instead of Elf on the Shelf, I decided to start a new tradition with my girls that had a more positive spin on spreading the meaning of Christmas, The Christmas Angel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with Elf on the Shelf. I actually have one downstairs and may work him in next year depending on how it goes this year with The Christmas Angel. However, Ellie is very into angels and I love the idea of using one to share the Christmas message.

I wasn’t sure how to introduce The Christmas Angel but decided to read the girls the precious book that comes with her and explain that she would be coming soon to share messages about Christmas. The actual box that parents buy has an angel that looks different than the one you’ll see in my pictures. We received The Christmas Angel package as a gift last year and Ellie plays with that angel regularly (she calls her her guardian angel, Summer Grace, after my niece that passed away) so I figured we would want to use a different angel that was specific to Christmas.

OUR FIRST MESSAGE
In the book, they talk about sharing candy canes with neighbors so for her first “message,” I decided to focus on something that she would understand, sharing. We talked about not only sharing the candy canes but also sharing toys with Frances and with children at school.

She was thrilled when she woke up to find an angel, a bag of candy canes, and a note in gold angel dust (as described in the book) on the table in her room. We discussed the importance of sharing and how Jesus shared his life with us. It was a short and sweet 3-year-old appropriate message but she was excited about it.

My plan for the remaining days leading up to Christmas is to choose one word and have either a special message or an action to go along with it.

Make sure to check back daily for the word of the day, the message, and the action. Feel free to pin these posts as well as check out my The Christmas Angel pin board where I’ve gathered more ideas for children of all ages.

I would love to hear what traditions you’ve started with your children to help spread the true meaning of the Christmas.

Happy holidays!