I Elves put love into everything they make
II Elves make work fun and love to work
III Elves always look for ways to help and give to others
IV Elves are curious and are always learning
Living by the code
I Elves put love into everything they make. We believe at the workshop that when something is made by hand it has a special kind magic. That magic comes from the love that is put into by the maker. So elves are conscious of this and make sure to put a little extra love into everything they make. There are many things made in the world by people who work under very hard conditions, long hours, unsafe equipment, and below poverty pay. It is hard to put love into something when you are sad and discouraged. Elf Apprentices can help create a more loving economy by buying more products that are lovingly made by hand or by making things themselves. Unless you already live like this, changing is not easy! Trust me, we struggle to break the box store habit and just buy from local or cottage based businesses. All we can do is start small. Make one present and buy one local this year to start. Think of it this way, “Elves put love into everything they make” so be an elf or buy from one.
II Elves make work fun and love to work. I’ve never met an elf that didn’t love to work, but that I believe that's because they make working so much fun! Now, I’ve only worked with the few elves that came to our workshop to train us, but they informed me that all elves love to work as much as they do. The love of work is a wonderful virtue and unfortunately the work ethic in America is falling. Now, I hate to say that because it makes me feel like one of those old men who yells at kids to get off his lawn, but it's true and I think I would include my generation X as the start of this downward trend. We need to teach our elf apprentices how much fun and rewarding work can be by following the example of Santa's elves. First they always work together to get a job done. Elves remind me of the Amish, in that when Amish get together to get a big job done they call it a work frolic. The elves do nearly the same thing, but they call it a work party. The party is the second thing they do, because work is always meant to be enjoyed. So have fun and work like an elf!
III Elves always look for ways to help and give to others. Helping and giving to others is said to start at home and I believe this to be completely true. When we look for little ways to help each other we create a habit of helping and an attitude of kind charity. When we plant that seed of helping and giving in our children at home it will grow and blossom outside the home also. Santa and his elves have been setting a wonderful example of selfless giving that as elf apprentices we can follow and hopefully plant enough Christmas magic seeds to change the world.
IV Elves are curious and are always learning. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it is also how we harnessed electricity, invented antibiotics, and walked on the moon. Developing curiosity might be the best way to encourage lifelong learning in our children. Challenging our elf apprentices and exposing them to as many new things as possible will help a lot in this endeavor. Elves are so curious because they still have a childlike wonder . I hope we never do anything to damper that in our children and restore it in our life if we have lost it.
The code comes out of our mission from Santa to recruit and train elf apprentices to spread Christmas magic to the world. We believe when your mission is to change the world, you can't help but change yourself. The code challenges me as a person, a parent, and an elf. Hopefully something in these words will challenge you also.
*Shawn Head Elf