Christmas Time – The Season Of Goodwill
Children can be very giving, especially when they understand that not everyone has as much as them and giving is also a good thing to learn. Giving can be a part of an Advent Calendar, so here are 12 acts of kindness for kids to do as part of their Christmas Advent Calendar. For some of these, you will need the ingredients ready ahead of time, unless you have the time to go out and source them before starting. For others, you will need to consider safety and caution and you will also have to consider those who may be shielding from coronavirus.
- Make Cookies For The Neighbors.
- Give Someone A Compliment.
- Visit someone who is housebound.
- Make and deliver a card for someone in your area who is lonely.
- Make an elf basket and leave it on someone’s doorstep with an anonymous poem. This is also known as “you’ve been elfed” and is a neighborhood game, as it is a type of “pay it forward” action.
- Older teens could volunteer at a homeless facility or collect for charity.
- leave a Christmas card on someone’s windscreen
- give a blanket or pair of socks or gloves to a homeless person
- leave a card or “beautiful” note in a friend or parent’s bag or pocket or somewhere for them to find
- take toys to a charity
- help out in a foodbank or donate food
- call a distant friend or relative you haven’t contacted for a while.
- leave a treat for the mailman / garbage collector
- pick up litter
- take supplies to an animal shelter or donate money to their vet or food supplier to help out with their finances
- Paint stones or small rocks and dot them round your neighborhood for people o find
- pay it forward in a food queue, pay for the coffee of the person behind you.
- drop some change in a charity box
- write a thank you note
- complete an entry in a gratitude journal
- do a job for someone that they were not expecting
- make a bird feeder
How Many Days Til Christmas?
Christmas Is Coming. It’s now nearly the end of September 2017 and only 93 sleeps to Christmas Day 2017. Check up on the top right of this post to see a Christmas Countdown Clock.
It’s HOW many days til Christmas? Yes, you read that right – only 93, and it will be fewer by the time you read this.
What are you doing to Prepare?
Do you know where you will be? Will you be having guests? How many? What about your budget? If you want a stress free Christmas, then start your Christmas planning early, ESPECIALLY budgeting. It saves that terrifying sinking feeling in January, when you look at your credit card bill.
Fun At Christmas
If you start planning early enough and your budget allows, you could get Christmas pajamas for all the family or Christmas sweaters. Some offices hold an “ugly Christmas sweater” competition each year. Start early for more fun and less stress.
You may also be able to plan a Secret Santa stash or discuss with your family that if budgets are tight all round, everyone gets a secret Santa gift, so you all can enjoy Christmas without worrying about purchasing expensive gifts you can’t afford. Some shops may have sales on now or shortly and you may be able to make some purchases early, to spread the cost.
Christmas Crafts can be very inexpensive, great fun and an easy way to keep children occupied for ages before Christmas. Many schools will help children from kindergarten on up to create decorations that they will want to display proudly at home. You can also make your own creations well ahead of time. The pine trees near me have been shedding cones all year round and I have a small box of them sitting nearby in a small wooden box that I got for free from a local shop, long with a large glass jar that had held pickled eggs. The wooden box already has red and green paper on it and the glass jar has had the label soaked off. One will make a good display and the other can hold pine cones soaked in a Christmas pot pourri fragrance, to make the whole house smell like Christmas for a very low cost.
What Sort Of Christmas Do You Want?
Whether you want a Bah Humbug! type Christmas, or a vacation away from it all or will have the whole family descending on you from far afield, start planning now and whatever your Christmas preferences, you will be able to enjoy them stress free!
If you are buying Christmas presents, the easiest thing to do is to ask the person what they would like to have as a Christmas gift but from experience, many people will say “nothing” or “Oh, anything will do”, then expecting you to magically understand exactly what they would like to have. Unless you have been specifically asked to provide a household item for someone, do NOT give them a new iron, cooker, kitchen utensil, or anything similar and expect gratitude! I do know one person who ASKS for these items but that is unusual, as these are considered work items as opposed to something personal to enjoy for Christmas. Many children will ask for the latest toy they have seen on TV. These can turn out to be real disappointments as these toys do not always perform in the same way as seen on TV, some advertisements can make toys seem magical, when the most magical item is the child’s imagination. This can often be stimulated with the traditional types of toys such as teddies and dolls or action figures. Many children do not get outside often enough these days and sporting equipment or a ball or bike can help with this.
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