Want to include some Christmas acts of kindness as part of your holiday celebrations? Here are 22 ideas to help your family reach out to help others. Round up your children and join our conspiracy of kindness. Includes a fun printable to post during the holidays.
Oh how I enjoy the few weeks before Christmas. I delight in the decorated houses, the joy of the young children, the music, and the cheerful greetings.
I love hearing from family and friends across the world. This Christmas we shall be traveling to meet up with my boys for a Christmas celebration. What a marvelous time of year!
And yet what a challenge!
All that commercialism. The pressure and the expectations.
It all seems so greedy.
I must confess that there are times when I feel like muttering some of my own, “Bah humbugs!”
What can we do?
Here’s an idea! Let’s turn Christmas around and upside down! We can make the season about GIVING rather than getting. Reaching out doesn’t have to be hard, but a simple act of kindness can make a huge difference.
I know this is a busy time of year for most families, so many of these suggestions are SIMPLE activities that are really EASY to do. There are a few that might take longer, so make sure you have room in your schedule before committing.
22 Simple Christmas Acts of Kindness For Families
- Donate food to your food pantry. Take some time to explain why families might need to use a food bank and then go shopping together. Let the children pick out most of the items. Explain that you want to buy healthy food, but encourage your children to include a few treats as well. If possible have your children accompany you when you drop the food off at the food bank.
- Leave a gift for your mail carrier.
- Candy cane bomb a parking lot. It’s simple! Just go around sticking candy canes and a note on car windshields for people to discover. Coffee Cups and Crayons has a free printable to help. Want something even simpler? Candy cane bomb your immediate neighbors!
- Take supplies to an animal shelter.
- Save up some change and put it in the Salvation Army bucket.
- Make a gift for the teachers in your family’s life. One year we made cinnamon sugar to give to my boy’s teachers. It is super easy to do and was very much appreciated by the recipients. You can find an easy recipe here.
- Sing Christmas carols/songs for your neighbors.
- Offer Babysitting to young families. This time of year can be challenging for young parents. Trying to juggle younger children and Christmas preparations at the same time can be almost impossible. An afternoon of free baby-sitting can be godsend. You can do this as a family as most children enjoy looking after little ones for a short period of time.
- Deliver a hot chocolate mix to someone who needs a pick me up.
- Give to your favorite charity. Choose one as a family and find a simple ways to raise the money. There are some suggestions here.
- Make cards for nursing home residents
- Make a bird feeder Make or buy a bird feeder and start to feed to birds in the garden each day. There are some great DIY bird feeders using pine cones and other ingredients on Pinterest.
- Deliver or donate blankets to those who sleep in the cold – If you don’t feel safe or comfortable delivering them yourself, take the blankets to a shelter that helps the homeless.
- Do yard work or shovel snow for a neighbor.
- If your family attends a religious service at Christmas you might also offer to drive others. There are many people without cars who would appreciate a warm ride to and from these events. Call the leaders of your religious institution to find out if they know of anyone who needs a ride.
- Invite a single person for a meal. The holiday season can be hard time of year for those who are alone. These might include international students, seniors with no family, or singles that can’t get home. Approach your church leaders, university chaplains, or student services groups to find out who might be facing the prospect of a lonely Christmas.
- Take a Christmas plant to someone who doesn’t get outside very much.
- Put together coloring book and crayons for children visiting the emergency room at the hospital.
- Have a family baking party and make your favorite treats. Then give them to people that work for the community, such as nurses, police, and fire-fighters.
- Volunteer to help someone wrap gifts, perhaps an elderly neighbor who has stiff hands or a young parent that could use the help.
- Take part in a local charitable service such as Santa’s Anonymous or Toys For Tots.
- Write thank you notes to people who go all out to decorate their yard and house with lights. Thank them for lighting up the neighborhood.
Free Printable List
Here’s a sneak preview
Download the list. You’ll get the free printable, plus join my bi-weekly newsletter! Just click here to subscribe and enter the library. Print out the list and keep it on your fridge as a reminder to include some kindness this December.
You could also read it through with your kids and ask them to choose a couple of ideas.
The countdown to Christmas can be a wonderful time for families. It is a chance to make memories and have fun together. Adding in some acts of kindness will turn this holiday into a time of giving and that is a powerful way to ward off the gimme monsters.
How will your family give to others this December? Have you found ways to make this holiday into a time of giving? Please share your ideas in the comments below.