This Christmas season encourage your child with these 24 Christian Letter Board, advent calendar Bible verses and Jesus inspired printables. Use with your Elf on the Shelf or Christian Elf alternative ideas. New creative, funny, and original Elf on the Shelf Ideas daily.
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If you believe Jesus Christ is the reason for the season, then these Christian ideas for Elf on the Shelf for you. Download and print our encouraging Christian Letter Boards with sweet messages your North Pole visitor can deliver daily. Alternatively, use a few of the Christian alternatives for Elf on the Shelf and spread the sweet message of Christmas and the the story of the birth of Christ.
Is there a Christian version of Elf on the Shelf?
Does your child enjoy the idea of having an Elf on the Shelf daily? Does this cause you anxiety or would you like to make sure with the arrival of Elf (or another character) you are still sharing the story of Jesus? Whatever your concern, we have a few Christian ideas for Elf on the Shelf.
First, let’s talk about the daily visitor. Is Elf on the Shelf necessary? Actually no. Your child can enjoy the idea of a daily visitor without use a red elf or Santa.
Take a look at these Christian alternatives to Elf on the Shelf.
Shepherd on the Search
Likely the most popular alternative to Elf on a Shelf is Shepherd on a Search. In the theme of the first Christmas, this activity set can relocate Shepherd in a new location daily. This little Shepherd boy goes on a daily ADVENTures and counts down the days until Christmas day as he searches for baby Jesus. The set comes with a plush Shepherd , beautiful Christmas book and box that can be used as a nativity. You can purchase the addition of a little lamb or camel pet. Read the story of the shepherd’s timeless journey and discover the joy of finding Christ in CHRISTmas.
Star from Afar
Star from Afar is an advent calendar and playset. This set comes with a book and 13 piece wooden nativity set. Similar to the hide and seek of Elf on the Shelf, the star will be hidden in a new spot each day. Your children will look for the star and then move all three wise men to its location. This will have the 3 wise men following the star of Bethlehem. On Christmas Eve, place the star on the top of the nativity stable and on Christmas morning, the three wise men reach the nativity scene and find their king, baby Jesus!
Wise Men Journey
The Wise Men Journey is a Biblical Christmas devotional. Go on a journey with the three wise men as they search for Baby Jesus. Similar to a 25-day advent calendar, enjoy reading a Christmas devotional storybook that daily reveals the authentic Christmas story. Follow three wooden Wise Men and hang 25 wooden ornaments daily on your Christmas tree. Your family will go on a Christmas adventure and celebrate the first Christmas in a whole new way!
Other Christian Elf on the Shelf Alternatives
Also take a look at The Giving Manger and What God Wants for Christmas (buy used, no longer in production). Both are great ways to tell the story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem to your kiddos.
Easy Elf on the Shelf Christian Message for Letter Boards
If you already have a family Elf take a look at these cute ideas for spreading the message of Christmas. This cute printable set of Christian Elf letterboards drops the mischief. It ignores the messes. Instead your elf is on the assignment to instead brings encouragement and examples of good behavior.
Download these 24 Easy Elf prop printables that share the true meaning of Christmas through faith-based daily Elf on the Shelf ideas.
- The Elf on the Shelf Doll
- Cardstock or Printer Paper (I like Astrobrights white card stock – it’s lasted me for years)
First, download the Christmas Message Letter Boards (see below.) Once your purchase is downloaded to your computer, print from your computer at home (or your local print shop.)
Cut apart your Elf letter board props. You will have a total of twenty-four letter boards. You can start Elf in the first day of December or use these with some of the other printable Christian Elf props below for a total of all the days from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.
Deliver one printable letter board each day or bring them all at once.
Printable Christmas Letter Board Ideas for Elf
Download and print your printable Christian letter boards for your Elf. Elf can bring each of these daily or all at once. You can create a few letter boards into something fun.
For example, use the “Jesus is my rock and that’s how I roll” message and pair Elf playing canned drums or a guitar.
You can also use the “If the stars are made to worship, so will I” message and turn Elf into an astronaut.
Christian Quotes for Letter Boards Include:
- Wise men still seek Him
- You are a child of God
- Choose Joy
- The true spirt of Christmas lives in your heart
- He is a way maker
- Worry ends when faith begins
- “Trust the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5
- Love thy neighbor
- Oh come let us adore him Christ the Lord
- “Love is patient. Love is kind.” 1 Corinthians 13:4
… and more!
This Christmas Letter Board printables for Elf include 24 messages to use daily from December 1 until Christmas morning.
Our most popular Elf on the Shelf printables can be found in our Elf Store. Shop Elf costumes, our Elf Twister board, Jokes for Kids, our Magic Shrinking Machine and so much more!
More ways Christians can use Elf on the Shelf
You can go the entire Elf on the Shelf season with only faith-based Elf the Shelf ideas. Skip the naughty behavior and spread the message of the reason for the season. All of these Christian Elf on the Shelf ideas include Elf on the Shelf printables with Biblical messages straight about Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit.
Fruits of the Spirit
In a world full of rotten fruit, be a fruit of the spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faitfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Download these cute Elf on the Shelf Fruit of the Spirit cards and pair as as cute El idea with fruit.
Next place your Scout Elf in front of a nativity scene. Download this Isaiah 9:6 Bible Verse Printable and share this Elf on the Shelf bible verse “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Random Acts of Kindness
The whole elf thing can spread good cheer too via RAKs. Create Kindness Elves with 25 kindness cards, a random act of kindness checklist and blank Elf notes for you to personalize fill out on your own ideas.
Turn your random acts of kindness into a family activity. Also download this free Elf on the Shelf give a hand day. This can look like volunteering, a soup kitchen, or RAK random acts of kindness day ideas.
Advent Calendar Bible Verses
Advent cards are a fun way to tell the story of Jesus’ birth and resurrection. These easy to read Elf on the Shelf Bible Verses for kids can be used with your little elves, Shepherd boy or three wise men. This set includes 24 Christmas scripture cards to use during the advent season. Start on December 1st and countdown the days until Christmas. Pair these daily advent activities with candy, a small treat or toys.
Can these be used for Shepherd on the Search Ideas?
Yes, you do not need an Elf on the Shelf to share the true meaning of Christmas with your child. Use all of these good messages and turn them in to Shepherd on a Search ideas or use any of the above Elf on the Shelf Christian alternatives to share the Christmas story. The greatest gift you can give your child in the month of December is the story of our savior. Do this however you see fit, with whichever character or delivery method you desire.
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Elf on the Shelf Resources
At Frugal Coupon Living, our goal, to create an easy Elf on the Shelf season for you. This is not our first year of having an Elf in the home. With over eight years of Elf ideas, we have created a rather large Elf on the Shelf fan club full of new Elf on the Shelf ideas. These Elf on the Shelf resources are all you need to create the best Elf ideas.
What is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas Tradition. The tradition has a book and a elf doll. The book is poetic and in rhyme sharing the purpose of the Elf’s visits. The Elf visits each Thanksgiving. He/She goes and returns from the North Pole each evening. Every morning he can be found in a new location in the house. The Elf has been found in the refrigerator, fishing in the toilet, writing messages on the mirror or hanging from the lights. It is VERY IMPORTANT, the Elf is not touch each evening or his Christmas magic will be lost! Each family is able to name their special elf. The elves return to their home (Santa’s North Pole Work shop) every Christmas Eve. An Elf’s Story can also be found on DVD.
More Helpful Elf on the Shelf Links
Some call Frugal Coupon Living the biggest resource for all things Elf on the Shelf. While we don’t want to brag, we will. We have move our red little North Pole friend for year after year. We have created plenty of free printables, must have resources, inspirational Elf links and more. Use us at a platform to keep your sanity through the entire Christmas season.
Use the helpful Elf on the Shelf links to come up with create ideas, grab free printables, and answer Elf on the Shelf Questions.
- Elf on the Shelf Ideas – a Starter guide to all things elf including some of our top post ideas and Elf on the Shelf digital downloads.
- Largest List of Elf on the Shelf Ideas – Now over 600 Elf on the Shelf ideas. New ideas added daily during November and December.
- Elf on the Shelf Questions and Answers – Are you just beginning with an Elf? Could you use a refresher of all the Elf rules. Take a look at frequently asked elf on the shelf questions to get started. You will immediately be an Elf expert.
- Free Elf on the Shelf Printables – Sign up for our emails and grab these free Elf digital downloads to help you during the Elf season. Includes an Elf calendar, notes, Elf coloring pages, encouraging ideas and more.
- DIY Bendable Elf on the Shelf – Want your Elf to do all sorts of positions. This is an easy no-sew bendable Elf on the Shelf tutorial.
- Elf Shop with Digital Downloads – This is one of the best Elf shops full of printable resources to perfect the holiday season.
- Elf on the Shelf Emails with New Ideas Daily – Each day we will write you with a new Elf on the Shelf idea as well as links to Elf on the shelf resources and sometimes hidden coupon codes and freebies!
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Last Updated on November 13, 2022 by Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living