The Christmas season is one of the most chaotic times of the year. Everyone’s running around trying to get their shopping done, houses clean for guests, and usually finishing up extra work so they can take time off. For the past few years I’ve hardly had the chance to get into the Christmas Spirit because I’ve been too busy. Last year I decided to do a few random acts of kindness during the Christmas Season and I absolutely loved it! Not only were they simple and easy to do, but it just warms your heart when you’re helping others. Even if it’s just putting a smile on their face for a few seconds.
Get your kids involved in this! Too often kids think of the Christmas season soley as the time when Santa brings them lots of fun presents. While that’s of course so much fun, it’s important that they also understand that there is so much more to Christmas than the gifts. It’s also about showing love and kindness to everyone!
Here are just a few ideas that I have ran across online:
Leave a dollar taped with a simple note in the kids toy section of the dollar store so that the next little kid passing by can pick out a toy
Tape a few quarters to a vending machine
Pay for a family’s meal when you go to a restaurant or pay for the people behind you at the ice cream shop
Pass out candy canes
Shovel an elderly neighbor’s driveway and sidewalk
Pack up old toys to donate to a homeless shelter or goodwill
Find a Secret Santa opportunity and shop for a child in need
Have your kids save up some money to donate to a charity of their choice
Leave nice notes on post-its in a restroom or dressing room on the mirrors
Leave a candy bar and note for the mailman/woman in your mailbox
Give the UPS or FedEx delivery person some cookies and hot cocoa to go
Make homeless care packages to pass out, even if they simply include gloves and granola bars
Volunteer at an animal shelter
It doesn’t take much to bring a smile to someone’s face and make them feel special even for just a moment. Of course acts of kindness should be done all throughout the year, but they can be especially meaningful during the Christmas season for those who are struggling. These are just a handful of ideas compared to the hundreds of kind little acts that can be done. Pick a couple with your family and see just how quickly the Christmas season gets that much more magical.
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