‘Tis the season to be jolly! When I think of joy, I immediately think of acts of service. It has always been my dream to engage in volunteering activities as a family. Unfortunately, with a toddler and infant, these opportunities are harder to come across. It is *not* impossible, however. As Khai is now three years old and can comprehend the bigger picture of Christmas, I am delighted to begin a family tradition of fulfilling a kindness advent calendar. I hope you’ll join me, too!
Print my FREE! template (DOWNLOAD HERE) and write in the dates and activities for your own advent calendar. I have listed below ideas that can get you started. These ideas include recommendations from my local moms’ group and I’m so grateful to be part of such a loving community! When designing your advent calendar, think of activities that are age-appropriate for your children and try to incorporate local charities as well as activities that serve your neighbors and extended families.
- Donate a coat to charity and include a happy note in the pocket
- Make Christmas cards for your teachers
- Donate a book to the free library at the arboretum
- Do a chore for money to donate to the Salvation Army bucket
- Leave a happy note in mommy’s and daddy’s lunch boxes
- Hand a $5 Starbucks gift card to a mom at the diaper aisle
- Invite a friend over for a playdate
- Bake cookies and bring them to the fire station (Be sure to check with their policy first. If homemade items aren’t accepted, bring in store goods and bottled water)
- Video record you singing a holiday jingle and send to a loved one in another town/state/country
- Create a Jared Box and donate it to your local hospital
- Write nice messages on sticky notes and stick them on random cars at the mall
- Invite a neighbor over for dinner
- Adopt a letter from Operation Santa
- Give a friend a big hug
- Create pinecone bird feeders
- Help out with yard work
- Make a beautiful bookmark and include it in a library book upon return
- Donate to the local food bank
- Tidy your bedroom and another family member’s bedroom
- Play a musical instrument or sing a song at a nursing home
- Deliver flowers to a nursing home
- Offer to rake your neighbor’s leaves
- Sort through your toys and donate gently used ones you no longer play with
- Mail grandparents a letter or color a picture that tells them what you love about them
- Make sure you add the more involved activities onto your personal calendar so you can plan ahead accordingly.
- If you have family visiting, brainstorm ideas that involve them, too!
- If your child(ren) need a little extrinsic motivation, you can offer a little sweet *after* the act of kindness is performed.
- My advent calendar house is available at Michaels for 50% off (final price under $10). If you prefer something that hangs on the wall, instead, this one from Target might suit you well.
Have fun and spread joy this holiday season! ❤️