I’ve implemented something new for our family Advent traditions!
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It is a Christian alternative to Elf on the Shelf where the focus is more on the birth of Christ and on preparing our hearts for Christmas. You can incorporate daily scripture, prayers, songs and Catholic feast days as your Shepherd journeys around your house in search of the Christ Child.
Related post: St. Nicholas Day Gifts for Catholic Kids
Just like Elf on the Shelf, you can hide the shepherd each day for your children to find or you can place him strategically by an Advent or Christmas activity to do with your family.
You can sit down with your children daily and do a page of the Shepherd on the Search Activity Book.
You could even take some of the Elf on the Shelf hiding spot ideas, as you see fit, and give them a Christian twist by adding in a slip of paper with a daily scripture verse or reading a Christmas book every time your kids find the shepherd.
Or you are welcome to come along with my little family and follow the Advent countdown that we will be doing. I’m creating my own Shepherd on the Search Catholic Countdown by taking inspiration from some of the options I listed above and putting them together with my own ideas.
I will be adding in some ideas from other websites and intertwining some Catholic feast days like St. Nicholas Day on December 6th. Feel free to use what you want or just pull some inspiration from my Advent countdown and create your own according to your family’s culture.
You can grab the entire Shepherd on the Search Collection on Amazon and get it in plenty of time for December:
Shepherd on the Search Doll and Activity Set
Shepherd on the Search Family Devotional
Activity and Sticker Book
32 Encouraging Notes for Kids
Shepherd on the Search Christmas Sheep
Magnetic Advent Calendar
Shepherd on the Search Ornament
Bundle Activity Set with Calendar
Happy Advent to you!
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” Philippians 4:8.