One of my family's favorite holiday traditions is our Christmas Kindness Calendar.
I came up with the idea a few years ago and it has become a fan favorite ever since.
This year I had to change things up a bit since we couldn't safely do things like deliver homemade cookies to the firehouse or leave candy canes on strangers' parked cars. With the hope that next year we can do more good deeds for strangers, I tried to focus on nice things we could do for friends and family.
This has been a great way for my kids to understand the giving idea of Christmas. It is a difficult concept for kids when the focus is on presents and Santa Claus, but this is a small way they can form a habit to be kind. It's the easiest and most priceless gift you can give year round.
These are specifically tailored for my kids' ages and what we can manage to do this year, but I love the idea of creating your own focused on your friends or family. I particularly like including things that I know we have to do on a specific day in order to make what could sound like a chore something a little more fun and meaningful.
Here's the download of our calendar this year if you want to use it or get some ideas to create your own!
Since my old blog wouldn't convert to this one -- I'm including the post I wrote about it from 2018...
December 1st, 2018
So a few years ago, I saw the idea of a "kindness calendar" for the month of December. I pretty much stole it from Pinterest and made it my own. I made sure to make age-appropriate things all of my kids can do and I took into account what days were busier for us and what days we had more time to focus on an in-depth task.
They love this holiday tradition! I'll never forget the first time we "candy cane bombed" a parking lot. They asked for DAYS... WEEKS later if we could please do it again. So maybe they weren't as stoked to pick up trash in rubber gloves in the dead of winter, but it still gave them a sense of accomplishment. They both love marking things off lists (just like mom!) so this is a great way to give them something to do that with and also instill a kind character. Eventually my hope is that we don't need a calendar and they just do things like this year-round! *fingers crossed*
Several people were asking about the calendar I used, so I'm happy to share it. Feel free to steal it and make it your own or simply print mine and use it for yourself. A little kindness goes a long way!
Day 1: Putting change in a stranger's parking meter