Christmas is a time of giving gifts and showing kindness to others, but it’s so hard not to get caught up in the commercialism of the season. I find myself obsessed with myself, my kids and their gifts, and how I’m going to stay sane in the midst of Christmas parties and snow storms.
A friend of mine had an excellent idea for how to remind herself and her kids what Christmas is supposed to be about. She has been doing 12 days of random acts of kindness. I think this is the coolest idea! Here’s her list of what she’s been doing:
1. gave banana bread to the mailman
2. gave hot chocolate and cookies to the Salvation Army bell ringers
3. taped quarters to gum and candy machines at grocery store
4. bought coffee for the car behind me at Starbucks
5. mini garbage can filled with caramel corn for the garbage man
6. made chicken soup, bread and pie for sick friend and his family
7. spoil the kids day: clean all their rooms and have popcorn and Christmas movie after school
8. make cookies with a person you care about but don’t reach out to often
9. spoil the husband day: take him on a surprise date
10. be kind to yourself day: take a nap, get a pedicure, window shop, read a book. Rest.
11. spend the amount you would spend in a month on coffee and buy non perishables for a food pantry
12. wrap 5 bibles in Christmas wrap, write “you are loved” on them and slip them in random mailboxes in your neighborhood. God will lead you to the ones that need them!
I was inspired and left some cookies for my mail lady today. Any ideas to add to the list? What random acts of kindness can you do with your kids today?