My favorite high school teacher shared this idea on Facebook, and I just love it. It’s a different type of Advent calendar. It’s a downloadable, printable list of 25 days of kind things to do for others. (You could also create your own personal list based on the ages of your kids.)
The article shows you putting the slips of paper into the Advent calendar little windows but my plan is to attach them to the Christmas chain. So each time they pull off a link counting down to Christmas, they also read a good deed to perform. (My idea is that each person in the family does the deed individually for in theory five good deeds a day.)
I love the idea of having them think each day about kind things they can be doing for others.
Here is a sample of some of the suggestions: (They seem good for mom and Dad too.)
1. Mail a card to a relative that you have not spoken to in a while.
2. Do something especially nice and out of the ordinary for your sister or brother.
3. Write a letter to your teacher telling them what you most like about his or her class.
4. Give someone a nice compliment they wouldn’t normally
5. Pack your own school lunch so mommy can take the night off.
6. Go out of your way to “help” another child or adult.
7. Play with a friend at school that is alone at recess.
So what do you think? Do you use an Advent calendar leading up to Christmas? Do you do charitable acts during the holiday season? Do you like the idea of little kind acts leading up to Christmas? What other ways could you use these little slips?
UPDATE TO THIS STORY: So we made the chain last night. I skipped day 1 and just started on day 2. They pulled day 1 off and then read the next day’s item to think about it. For day 2 they are supposed to perform an act of kindness for their brother or sister. I think I should have changed it to both because now the sisters want to do nice stuff for each other and they are leaving Walsh out in the cold. Poor Walsh! Rose wants to read to Lilina. Lilina wants to make Rose a craft from marshmallows. I told them I will do it too so I need to figure out something nice I can do for my brother in Georgia today.
2nd update to the story: I’m going to buy my brother lunch today. My dad is going to give my brother $10 for lunch on me, and I will mail my dad $10. (They work together at our family’s business.)