Melk, the Christmas Monkey (Elf on the Shelf Alternative)

30 Bible lessons and activities to do during Advent, PLUS 11 letters to your kids from Melk January to November!

This little guy will have your children (and you) charmed off your feet from the minute you meet him! He can’t wait to join your family this Christmas season and teach you all about the character of God through short Bible lessons and fun family activities.

The book is an excellent tool for teaching God’s character to children through 30 fun Bible lessons and activities that the entire family can enjoy during the Christmas Advent/season.


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30+ lessons from Melk, the Christmas Monkey so you can keep real meaning of Christmas alive and still enjoy fun throughout the Christmas season!

What’s inside?

  • 30 lessons (102 pages)
  • Customizable letters to your children
  • Links to lots of other free downloads
  • 2017, updated version includes 11 monthly letters to send from Melk January to November

Melk’s activities could also be easily adapted for a Sunday school class or Children’s Bible club.

Includes single-family use reproducible license. Group License available.


Can I see a sample of the book before I purchase? 
Yes. Absolutely! Click here to for two FREE lessons from Melk. Just let us know what email to send them to.

Is there a kindle version of Melk, the Christmas Monkey? 
Yes, Melk, the Christmas Monkey can also be purchased  kindle format through our affiliate link on Amazon.

Where can I purchase a Melk monkey toy? 
You can purchase just a monkey through our affiliate links here.

Our family has a Christmas friend already. Do I have to use a monkey?
No. Melk, the Christmas Monkey is a set of character teaching lessons designed in such a way that they can be “taught” by any character you wish. We’ve even included customizable letter printables on the website so that you can personalize the letters with your child’s name, and from your familiy’s special friend, if you wish.

What version of the Bible does Melk use?
We used the King James Version because it is still widely used and it is a public domain document. If you prefer another version, you are welcome to re-type the letters or read them inserting the version of your preference.

Do I need a special license to share Melk with other families?
Melk, the Christmas Monkey may be purchased one per household. If you are using Melk to teach other children in your own home or in a Sunday School/ Children’s Bible School type class setting where you are the teacher, there is no need for a Group License. If your church wants to use it for Children’s church, an entire department or a group/VBS type curriculum, you will need the Group License. You may contact paradisepraises at gmail dot com if you need a group license.

Where can I read reviews?
20+ bloggers have used and reviewed Melk, the Christmas Monkey. You can see their reviews here. Look for photos posted by Melk fans on social media with the hashtag #Melk and #Melk16 or #Melk17! Melk is also on Instagram @MelkTheChristmasMonkey, and you can join his Facebook fan club HERE.

Single Family License:

The standard license for all of our products is single family use. You can photocopy (or in the case of downloads, print) anything you have purchased for your own family. You may load your digital downloads onto more than one family computer and you may keep a back up file of anything that says “reproducible” in the title page information. You may NOT sell or give-away digital products. You have purchased a license to use them. These are not for resale to anyone, ever. You may direct friends to purchase their own copy of our materials on our website or on Amazon.

Group License:

If there is a Group License option for the product, Group License means it is available for churches or groups who wish to use this product with multiple families. With a Group License, for a downloadable product, permission is granted to reproduce as many copies as needed for use with YOUR group. You have purchased a license to use them. You may not alter, sell or otherwise redistribute the files for free or for profit.

Please contact us if you have any questions about how that works. Upon purchase you will receive your files as well as the group license permission.

Bulk Orders of Printed Books:

If the product you wish to purchase exists in print, you may place a bulk order for printed materials by calling the Paradise Praises office. We offer a sweet 30% discount to groups, co-ops and classrooms who place an order of 6 or more of a single printed title.

Please note: this purchase must be made with a single contact person for the group who can give one payment for the entire order. The order must ship to a single address. Shipping (within the U.S.) is $2.50 per book. We will invoice and accept payment via Paypal. Email us at ParadisePraises at gmail dot com or call (864) 400-8309 to place a bulk print order.