December is such an exciting time of year. I try really hard to be finished with most of our state standards by the second week of December so my family and I can spend more time on Advent. We do what most families do. We bake, craft, and learn the lessons and stories of Christ’s birth while Christmas hymns quietly play in the background. But one thing we’ve never participated in is “Elf on the Shelf.” I’ve never been keen on the idea of placing an elf around the house and telling my children an elf was watching them throughout the holiday season. This year I am so grateful our family has found Melk. Melk, the Christmas Monkey is a new ebook of Advent lessons and activities by Katie Hornor. She is a missionary, writer, educator, speaker, blogger, and a tremendous encourager in Christ. My family has had the opportunity to review this program and meet our new friend, Melk.
How the Program Works
The Program is called Melk, the Christmas Monkey, but really Melk could be any animal or doll your family chooses. You can even name it something different as long as it’s meaningful to your family. Our Melk was a lonely monkey that doesn’t get played with anymore. My kids had forgotten all about it until they woke up one morning and found Melk drawing a picture of an angel! (and also helping himself to the cookie jar!)
Melk the Christmas Monkey is a 90 page full color ebook. It includes an introduction for the parents. This section is also to be read to your children when you introduce your Christmas friend. It explains it’s name, it’s purpose, and special instructions regarding Melk.
There are 30 lessons. Each lesson contains:
- Melk- instructions on where and what Melk will be found doing when the children wake up.
- Activity- instructions on crafts, baking, or family activities
- Materials- items you will need for the lesson
- Lesson- this is the key concept to be taught
- Scripture- the key verse for the lesson
- A message from Melk-
Parents will need to set the scene each night by following the lesson’s directions. Melk’s materials for an activity will need to be on hand, so there will be a little planning and prep work on your part. There are links provided for you to print out Melk’s messages to the children, or you can read it aloud from the book. The ebook also includes a link to coloring pages, journal pages, and other Christmas resources. The lessons are very easy to follow with everything clearly laid out for you.
How We Plan On Using Melk This Christmas
We have followed other Advent lessons in the past, but this ebook is by far the most organized and easy to use. Because it is barely even November, we will go back and have Melk revisit us everyday beginning December 1st. I plan to reread the lessons and the scripture over breakfast, and then we will complete the activity right after breakfast clean up.
What Do We Think of Melk?
I honestly didn’t know how my 7 year old was going to react to Melk. My 4 year old was pretty confused about how the monkey got there because toy monkeys can’t move. They were also confused with Christmas coloring pages laid out for them when it wasn’t even Halloween. After explaining to them that we were going to use Melk in our Advent studies and we were starting early so we could review the program, they accepted Melk.
My kids love Melk because they were surprised everyday with a new lesson and a new activity. I love Melk because he makes my kids happy, provides easy to follow lessons, and he keeps our family focused on the reason we should be celebrating Christmas. Our first lesson was teaching us that God sends His angels to take care of us. Just this first lesson inspired my 7 year old to write a prayer to God thanking him for His care. If a program can create the desire in my children to give thanks to the Lord, then I’m sold!
After we had completed our lessons for the review, I put Melk up on the mantle to rest before Advent. My kids saw him there the other day and exclaimed, “Hey, there’s Melk! When are we going to do more activities with Melk? Why isn’t he visiting us anymore?” Yes, I believe this program is a winner!
With every purchase of Melk, the Christmas Monkey, you will be helping support ministries in Mexico. You can begin purchasing this program beginning at 8 am EST on November 1st. For an added bonus you can use the code MELKSCOTTAGE for 10% off if you purchase between now and November 8th.
- When you purchase Melk, the Christmas Monkey ebook, between November 1st-November 8th you will receive a free gift!
- When you purchase Melk, the Christmas Monkey in paperback or kindle book between November 1st-November 8th you can email your receipt to Paradise Praises and receive the ebook and a special gift for FREE!
- When you purchase between November 1st-November 8th Melk will make it possible for one child in Mexico to receive the Gospel and a tangible gift for every book sold. The goal is 200 children!
If you are looking for a fun, meaningful way to celebrate the holiday season with your family, you can’t go wrong with Melk!
Click the image below to purchase Melk for your family Advent lessons and activities! Happy Advent!