i am heading up to salt lake city this morning to film a segment for studio 5! they asked me to come up with something for their one word creative project…JINGLE! we talked with the girls to get some direction (partly because it's always entertaining asking them what they think about things) and got to work. we decided to incorporate our elf on the shelf (appropriately named jingle) and have her bring a little activity each morning that would help us spread the spirit of jingle. for those who do not have an elf on the shelf visiting their home, a simple advent calendar for the 12 days of christmas that can be quickly put together. i picked activities that the girls could participate in and hoped it would help them find joy in serving and giving, even when you're not receiving something in return. the outcome was more than i expected to find, especially with gracie. between leaving cookies for our mailman, taking coloring supplies to children in the hospital and cleaning out her toys, clothes and blankets to donate, she has truly found a greater meaning to the season. it has brought a new energy and feeling into our home and has been my most favorite part of december. i can't wait to share more about our project!
ps- not more than 12 seconds after we hung our popcorn and cranberry garland for the neighborhood birds, lucy ran out and ate most of it. you win some you lose some?
for those who are local, you can tune in thursday at 1pm (i'll be their first guest), and those who are not, the segment will be available sometime thursday afternoon online here.
i created some printables to go along with our project. feel free to join in on the fun! to download just right click the image and select "save image as…" to save to your computer and print! if you have any problems with it, just let me know!
tags to leave behind
numbers for an advent calendar
activites to spread a little jingle spirit