Want to know the secret to having a happier and more stress-free holiday season?
Don’t worry, it’s not hiding out in your room until January.
Black Friday shopping announcements, toy commercials, and holiday events are already everywhere. This is the time of year when your already too long to do list keeps getting longer and longer.
I’m right there with you, even knowing what I know, I’ve already over-committed myself this November. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of being too busy because during the holidays there are so many thing you genuinely want to do. But then one day you find yourself trying not to look at your calendar because seeing it so full gives you heart palpitations.
Which is why what I’m going to tell you may be hard to believe at first. The secret to enjoying your holidays is actually adding in another family activity each day–an act of kindness.
Countdown to Christmas with Kindness
We started counting down to Christmas with kindness a couple years ago and were shocked by how much of an impact it had. Looking forward to connecting as a family each day by doing good completely changed our perspective. And was a lot of fun!
Our first year of RACKs (Random Acts of Christmas Kindness) was not very organized. We just made sure to do something, no matter how small, each day. There was very little pressure in this method because there were no “rules” to stick to. But there were some really fun RACKs we never got to because we weren’t organized enough.
The next year we brainstormed acts of kindness we wanted to do and created a list of 24 RACKs to choose from and that worked so well we got fancy and created a printable acts of kindness advent calendar. I’m the first to admit that we did not completely stick to the calendar, there were many days we went out of order. We just marked off each act of kindness as we did it. There is no one way to do Christmas acts of kindness!
Want to use this RACK’d card too? Finish reading and then click here to find out how!
Why Do Acts of Kindness?
The thing about kindness is that the cliche is true. It really is a gift for both the giver and the receiver. A gift that is amplified when you join together and do it as a group. Families, classes, youth groups, book clubs coming together and intentionally doing acts of kindness bonds and connects the members.
Widespread kindness makes a community feel happier. That’s why we share feel good stories and sappy commercials–we crave the sweetness that kindness brings to life.
So this year clear your schedule for kindness. It doesn’t have to take long or be overly involved to count. I believe that small intentional acts of kindness, and really good coffee, can change the world. It certainly will make yours brighter!
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2015 Kindness Advent Calendar
This year I’m sharing two printable Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Calendars–the updated 2015 one and a blank version you can fill out yourself. I also have a December Kindness Calendar for those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas. You get to choose the option that work best for you!
Printable Kindness Calendar for Christmas
DOWNLOAD —> 2015 Random Acts of Kindness Calendar*
This option has 24 acts of kindness on it that you can use as an advent calendar. Either follow along day by day or mark off the ones you do as you do them. You can also follow along each day on Facebook. I post each days RACK first thing in the morning. Readers can then share photos or comment with what they did and cheer each other on. It’s so much fun!
Blank Kindness Calendar for Christmas
Create your own acts of kindness advent calendar. You can either brainstorm ideas and create your own calendar ahead of time or use it to record whatever act you did that day. We have a big list of RACK ideas to get you started!
Printable December Kindness Calendar
DOWNLOAD —> December Kindness Calendar*
I had plans to create kindness resources for those celebrate holidays other than Christmas or don’t celebrate anything at all, but have not had time to finish them. I know many of you are anxious to get planning so instead of keeping you waiting I’ve created a 3rd version of the countdown calendar for you to use. It stops on December 24th like the other one, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop there. Fill in the rest of the month with your own acts of kindness. I have a huge list of 100 Acts of Kindness for Kids to get you started!
Looking for the latest version? Click here for the 2017 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Calendar
*Calendars may be used for personal or classroom use only.
Kindness Calendar Resources
Some of the acts of kindness on this year’s calendar may be new to you. Here are some links to help you figure out what’s what!
- Make a Card for a Soldier
- Send a Hug to someone you love
- Give a Hug Coupon
- Leave a Happy Note or Kindness Stone for someone to find
- Do Yard Work for a Neighbor
- Candy Cane Bomb a Parking Lot
- Leave a Popcorn Surprise on a DVD rental machine
- 24 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness
Join us in counting down to Christmas with random acts of kindness! Use this time of year to do good and connect with the important people in your life. The reward is a more joyful and less stress-filled holiday season for you and those around you!
Bonus Christmas Kindness Idea
If following a calendar is not your thing we’ve got another idea for you. Create a kindness chain–it’s a great way to see how much good you’ve done. You can even do both, check it off on the calendar and add a link to your chain. Or choose a chain link to do and record it on the blank calendar. Do whatever works for you–kindness rocks no matter how you organize it!