Advent calendars. Don’t get me wrong, for much of December we fully embrace pre-brekkie chocolate in our house. The children open their advent calendars with glee first thing in the morning and the sweet treat doesn’t last very long at all.
This year however, as well as our usual advent calendars, we are going to try something a bit different.
I’ve been inspired by Mackenzie’s post about remembering the true spirit of Christmas when it comes to developing family’s traditions, and also by a fellow teacher who put together a ‘daily acts of compassion Christmas countdown’ for our students.
So I’ve tried to make my own version of this ‘Christmas Countdown’. It’s age appropriate so that our pre-school aged daughters can do lots of the suggestions as well as our older son too.
We will randomly pull one idea out of a Christmas themed box or tin each day in the build up to the big day and make sure we all do our best to fulfil the mini kindness challenge that day.
Here’s the list I have put together:
1. Give a big smile to someone today
2. Compliment someone today
3. Make eye contact to everyone you say hello to today
4. Make someone laugh today
5. Make a Xmas card for someone and put it in the post or give it to them
6. Give half of your pocket money to a charity of your choice
7. Telephone someone to say hello and find out how they are
8. Help out with a chore at home or school
9. Write a thank you note to someone
10. Tell someone that they are special to you and why they are
11. Donate something to the local food bank
12. Help make someone a drink or a snack
13. Be kind and gentle with the family pet today
14. Dance around encouraging others to do the same
15. Give someone a big hug today
16. Ask someone how they are when you see them
17. Hold the door or gate open for someone
18. Tell someone you are thankful for what they do for you e.g. a teacher, a dinner lady…
19. If you see someone looking sad or lonely at school or at home go and speak to them
20. Make Christmas wrapping paper and wrap a small present
21. Say merry Christmas to someone in a shop or at school
22. Clear your bowls and plates away after a meal
23. Turn off the water when you are doing your teeth
24. Bake Christmas biscuits and take them round to the neighbours
Hopefully, this little activity will be a little reminder of the important messages of the festive period – thinking of others, the importance of giving and showing kindness.
What do you think?
I’m hoping this may become a bit of a family Christmas tradition.
Would it work in your house?
Do you already do something similar?