Blessing Buddies

Blessing Buddies

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by Niccole Perrine

 

As we navigated the busy shop, watching for little hands to mind their manners, I was drawn to a colorful display. The Elf on a Shelf trend had recently sparked my interest.

I really wanted to do the Elf on a Shelf. I love creative opportunities. However, the price seemed steep and we also don’t choose to spend much time encouraging Santa at home. The more I looked into the product, the less I loved. We went home after a successful trip, and no elves in our shopping bags.

Thanksgiving came. I still wanted to do something fun, but the Elf on a Shelf wasn’t the answer. I began searching for alternatives. I had a friend who had done Dinovember using her kids’ toys to have some extra fun. The idea involved dinos sneaking out each night for shenanigans. I appreciated the frugality of using already-loved toys instead of something new.

Researching more, I read about other folks’ traditions. After a few clicks I came across something exciting: Kindness Elves. These elves took the theme to a whole new arena: service.

This was perfect. I did a mental inventory of the toys my kids already had in possession. A while back, my sister-in-law had sent a link mentioning how cute it would be to use the kids’ animal and figurine collection in place of the Dino trend.

The only thing left was to create a list of activities that my littles could manage and modify the Elf name. Pinterest was helpful. I created a list of opportunities for my children to serve others, and found the perfect introduction poem. Thus, the Blessing Buddies trend was adapted into our family.

 

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As Ecclesiastes reminds us, there is nothing new under the sun. The Blessing Buddies have been around for a while, according to my research. You can Google and find ways that other families have used miniature dolls to incorporate the same concepts.

 

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I love how we can take trends, mix them with older ideas, and create new traditions to inspire love and kindness in our home. Our kids are so excited about our Blessing Buddies and we enjoy working together as a family to bless others.

Nightly, we set up our Blessing Buddies. They are notoriously shy, so they only appear when littles are asleep. They only leave a new task when the previous one is complete. It’s another way to show Christ’s love to others, which is why we serve.

 

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Niccole Perrine moved to Idaho from Alaska in 2011. In her natural habitat she is seen having adventures with her husband and homeschooling her four children. In her spare time, she enjoys working with the youth at Meridian First Baptist Church, brainstorming new ways to love others as the Service Project Coordinator for American Heritage Girls Troop ID2911, and plotting her first novel alongside legitimate authors in Idahope Christian Writers Group.

Committed to helping parents fulfill their God-given right and responsibility to educate their own children.