We all lead busy lives, it’s time to slow down a bit and think of others. These Random Acts of Kindness for the Advent season are a great way to get the whole family involved.
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An Advent Calendar is commonly known as a special calendar to countdown the days until Christmas. Families around the world get connected during this special time of year.
The First Sunday of Advent varies depending on the year, so typically an Advent Calendar will begin on December 1st, especially if they are a reusable calendar.
Some of my favorite memories are not big, crazy holiday where we ran non-stop, drove to every family member that invited us, or had no time to even talk to each other.
It’s the small things – like Love Buckets on Valentine’s Day, Countdown Bags on New Year’s Eve, a Meatloaf shaped like a Jack O’ Lantern and YES, celebrating the holiday season!
THIS is why I am on a mission – why I want to help YOU build those special memories with your family as well!
BUT here’s the thing my friend – we are busy, EVERY.SINGLE.PERSON is busy – so let’s simplify these special days.
Recently we shared – 6 Simple Ideas to Build Memories with your Family this Holiday Season, and one of those ideas was to create a Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar, doing simple acts of kindness during the Advent season.
We all get caught up in the busyness of our day to day lives, stepping back a minute and thinking of others is important to teach to our children, but also for ourselves.
How to create a Kindness Advent Calendar
- Paper or Scrapbook Paper
- Baker’s Twine or Ribbon
- Small Candy Canes, optional
- Gather as a family to create this Advent Calendar
- Find a large jar that will fit all the pieces of paper
- Cut paper into the size you want
- Write on the paper 24 or 25 different random acts of kindness
- Roll the paper up, tie with ribbon or twine and add a small candy cane, if you want
- Then each day during the Advent season (or as a countdown to Christmas) choose 1 piece of paper from the jar and have the family do that act of kindness
Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar
Here are some ideas to get you inspired –
- Take cookies to the neighbor
- Make dinner for a family in need
- Go toy shopping and donate to Toys for Tots
- Drop coffee off at the fire station
- Donate to the food bank
- Take coffee and donuts, or breakfast to your children’s school
- Put candy canes on car windows in a parking lot
- Feed the birds
- Take pet food to the shelter
- Write a letter to a soldier
- Buy a candy bar and leave it for the postman
- Leave bottles of water and snacks out for the delivery man – UPS, Fed Ex etc
- Do a chore for a family member
- Have your child take their friend a treat to school
- Pay for the car behind you in the drive through
- Pick up litter on your street
- Spend quality time with someone you miss
- Plan a play date for your dogs
- Make Christmas cards for people at the nursing home
- Bake a treat and take it to the police station
- Make a list (as a family) of things you are grateful for and then share with the family
- Hold the door open for someone
- Let someone cut in front of you in line
- Donate a bag of clothes
- Leave a friendly note where someone will find it. Maybe attach a small piece of candy or candy cane
While all these ideas are great for the holiday season, I do believe that Random Acts of Kindness are super important to teach our children and for ourselves.
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You may also like these other ideas for Advent Calendars.
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