Sunday, December 2nd (2018) is the first Sunday of Advent. Many people around the world celebrate this time in preparation for Christmas. Celebrations can use an Advent calendar, an Advent wreath, and family prayers. I have a printable free Advent calendar for download celebrating the 24 days prior to Christmas. If you want to simply celebrate Advent, make a wreath or calendar and add activities that enhance the season. Print and celebrate the days with family activities like gathering donations to charity, buying gifts for a Giving Tree, baking gifts for others, or reading about the story of Jesus in scripture. For more information on celebrating a simple Advent see last year’s post, Simple Ways to Celebrate Advent: Wreaths, Calendars, & Activities . This simple Advent calendar is available for download there as well as possible scripture readings.
This year I’d like to try a different approach. One of my favorite things is random acts of kindness. Our world desperately needs kindness and it costs nothing really. Whether you’re religious or not, make the season a time of giving. May Kindness be shared with all is my motto. So I’m planning my month of kindness to really get into the spirit of Christmas. It’s not really about gifts you know but about sharing God’s love with everyone around us. Plan now for your family activities for the season. Yes, include fun, simple activities like making popcorn garlands as well as a few more involved giving actions such as taking a tag from a Giving Tree, buying the present, and taking it back to the tree. But this year I suggest you try adding simple acts of kindness to your list. Actions that do not always get recognized by others but still can make a difference to the recipient of your kindness. If your kids expect a calendar of chocolate, buy them that calendar. I just suggest you consider adding a few acts of kindness this year.
If you’d like to join me in my Advent Acts of Kindness, I’ve developed tools for you to use for yourself and your family. Choose what works for you. Are you a list person? Do you like to pull notes out of a mason jar? Perhaps you like calendars to check off each day. I’m made something for everyone. Everything can be printed on a plain page of 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Easy Peasy.
A. I made a list of suggestions for 25 days of kindness.
I do believe our young military personnel around the globe are under appreciated. You can find multiple sites that give you information on writing or even sending a care package to the men and women in the service. I personally don’t want to forget those vets who came home with physical and mental disabilities due to their service. There is a list of organizations at the end of the post under Resources. Some of my suggestions may make you uncomfortable like volunteering in a soup kitchen. Perhaps you’d rather volunteer at the VA Hospital or a local animal shelter. There are more needs than I can ever list.
B. You can add and delete what works for you.
Repeat acts that make you happy. Remove those that don’t work for you. Here is a blank Advent Acts of Kindness list for you to personalize with your own choices.
C. Get the kids involved.
I made a page of notes with the suggested actions. Print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper and cut in to rectangles. Put them in a basket or mason jar. Pull one out each day. I tried to make these suggestions kid-friendly and simple. Again change or add your own ideas.
D. Use a December calendar for your kindness acts. Updated 10/27/2019
Here is a December 2019 calendar with my suggestions for random acts of kindness.
E. Fill in your own calendar or let the kids write their own suggestions.
Wishing you a holiday filled with love and kindness. I send you all my positive, warm feelings and extend a mental hug to you all. God Bless!
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