Each December we slow down, cut back on school work, and focus more on intentionally spending time together and having fun. We play games, watch seasonal movies, bake like there’s no tomorrow, and of course, have our regular Christmas Traditions.
But this year, I decided we were going to do something a little different. . . we adopted a monkey.
Melk is short for Melchior, the supposed name of one of the wise men who visited Jesus as a child and brought him gifts.
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The concept with Melk is similar to the popular Elf on the Shelf, except for one small thing . . . it’s completely different. Oh sure, you still “stage” Melk nightly while the children are sleeping, but instead of getting himself in precarious situations, the children find Melk exemplifying the character of Christ.
See? The same, but way different.
Here are our top five reasons why Melk the Christmas Monkey is our new favorite Christmas tradition.
Melk is excellent for large families
All of the different activities are large family friendly. From toddlers to high schoolers, there’s something for everyone.
Does my 16-year-old get super excited as we gather to read the daily letter fro Melk? No, not really, however, she loves the activities.
Here are a few we have coming up . . .
- bake gingerbread cookies
- attend a Christmas concert
- make a candy cane wreath
- create a paper manger scene
- go caroling
- make a fruit pie
There are many more, but those are just the few I know we will all enjoy together. The daily lessons/activities can be done in any order, so there’s lots of grace built in. Which leads me to my next point.
No pressure to start on a certain day
Because there are no dates, you can start at any time. Yes, there are 30 lessons, but you don’t have to do them all. In fact, I know we won’t be able to do them all, and that’s okay. I have printed my blank calendar from the links included in the book and filled in what I think we’ll be able to do.
If we get to do more, great! If not, we’ll get to it next year.
Lots of activities with everyday items
As I shared above, there are many activities to choose from, and most of them use regular household things you already have on hand. There’s nothing required that a quick trip to the Dollar Store wouldn’t solve.
Prep work is minimal
I’ll be honest, I’m not up for a ton of prep work. I have far too much going on in day to day life to be worrying about getting our “friend” set up for the next morning. Which is why I’m so glad to say that the prep work with Melk is totally non-stress worthy.
I printed out all the letters/lessons and made a quick list of the few things I’ll have to pick up at the store. Really, that’s it. It took me all of 45 minutes to get ready and organized for the next month of fun with Melk.
It’s not just faith-based, it’s faith-filled
This may be my last reason here, but it’s the biggest. Each lesson is based on scripture and a Bible lesson. Faith isn’t an afterthought here, it’s the main attraction.
The memories we make with Melk this season will center around the Word of God. What better way is there?
With all the activities, letters from Melk, and lessons from the Lord, this is definitely something the kids will look forward to each year.
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