During the holidays, my family is very mindful of donating to charities and supporting community needs. But, I wanted to create something to inspire our family to focus on kindness towards those that we know and those who we don’t know. After many hours with my Cricut machine, I created a Christmas acts of kindness advent calendar. For the past 16 days, we have been taking down one paper ornament at a time to determine the thoughtful act of the day.
I love having this calendar for two reasons: it keeps us accountable to our goal and it builds anticipation with Caleb. He suggested that we hang the paper ornaments on the Christmas tree after each act is completed. It’s such a great idea and will help visualize the positive impact that our family has on others.
Now, you don’t need do a whole craft project to be kind. Below, I’m sharing the list of acts that we’re working to complete. You’ll see that the majority of them can be done for free and others can be done without leaving your home. It’s the perfect list to help you do something for someone else starting now!
Our Christmas Acts of Kindness List
- Buy someone a cup of coffee
- Make a gift for our neighbors
- Support a small business
- Donate pajamas to a local shelter
- Write a positive note on the walking trail
- Leave a generous tip for our server
- Donate new toys to a family
- Tell your teachers “Thank You”
- Invite someone to have hot chocolate
- Do a chore for another family member
- Tape a gas gift card to the pump
- Leave a “Thank You” note for the mailman
- Donate food items to the food pantry
- Make a Christmas card for a friend
- Set the table for dinner
- Give $10 to someone in the checkout line
- Put money in the Salvation Army red kettle
- Write and mail a letter to grandparents
- Bring candy canes to the librarians
- Check on a neighbor
- Make a grateful jar
- Call a family member
- Sign up to volunteer as a family
- Send a care package to brighten someone’s day
The Benefits of Kindness
The Mayo Clinic notes that kindness can benefit both the mind and the body. That warm feeling you experience after helping others can reduce your blood pressure and cortisol, a stress hormone. Being kind also helps cultivating gratitude and combat loneliness. That last part is so important to me. The holidays can be a hard time for so many people. We never know how our actions will impact others, so let’s commit to using our powers for good.
What is one Christmas act of kindness that you will commit to doing today?