Holiday Random Acts of Kindness is sponsored on behalf of The Children’s Courtyard. All thoughts and opinions are mine!
Christmas time is here! It’s true, once the calendar flips to November, I feel like holiday season has arrived! This year Christmas music is on the radio already which always puts me in the mood. But the focus for me is definitely teaching my kids about caring for others during this time of year. Holiday random acts of kindness are a great way to begin teaching the kids to think of others. It’s a lesson that you can then extend for the entire year!
Holiday Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
While I love music, hot chocolate, and shopping for gifts, I really want my whole family to remember that this is a great time of year to think of others as well. The holidays often bring out the best and the worst in people, so I’m hoping to teach my kids from a young age to think of others.
One of the easiest ways I’ve found is to help the kids do some holiday random acts of kindness. While Carrigan is still pretty young, Weston really gets into doing them!
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Put money in the Salvation Army bucket.
- Help someone do a chore.
- Shop for a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
- Make cards for the teachers at school.
- Hold the door open for someone at the mall.
- Make snowflakes for the people at Daddy’s work.
- Collect and donate items to the local pet shelter or women’s center.
- Donate old toys before we get our new gifts.
- Make a thank you card for the mail carrier.
- Take cookies to the police or fire station.
This year we’re adding something new to our holiday random acts of kindness!
Give a Hug
During the holiday season, The Children’s Courtyard is encouraging their schools to participate in a “Season of Kindness” where they spread kindness through their community.
This year they have a new program which is tons of fun at school and at home! It’s called “I’ve Been Hugged” and the goal is to cover the world in a blanket of hugs!
It’s so easy to participate too! All you have to do is follow these easy steps!
- Place the I’ve Been Hugged sign in your front window.
- Make a copy of the You’ve Been Hugged Note and the I’ve Been Hugged sign.
- Put them in an envelope. Attach a personal note or small gift to the back. (I think an actual fleece throw blanket would be an adorable addition — an actual blanket of hugs!)
- Secretly deliver it to your friend or neighbor.
- Repeat this as many times as you’d like and watch the doors in your neighborhood to see how far the kindness can spread!
This is just another fun way to teach your kids to think of others during the holiday season!
So I encourage you to start a new family tradition with your own holiday random acts of kindness!
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