The holiday season has officially arrived and this year we are focusing on the gift of giving with our kids. Spreading kindness through random acts of kindness and paying it forward is something I personally love doing and I'm excited to see my kids and others experience that joy!
Being a blessing to someone and spreading joy doesn't have to be expensive; there are many ways that we can reach out to others. Download this FREE printable of ideas our family came up with of how to spread joy this holiday season to get you started!
Make a basket for your delivery drivers
Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
Many churches participate in this program through Samaritan's Purse but there is an easy way for anyone to contribute this year; you can build your shoebox online! This is how our family took part in the annual campaign that provides shoeboxes of Christmas gifts for children around the world. Our family created a shoebox for one girl the ages of our daughters and one boy the age of our son. The kids had a lot of fun picking out "Wow" items, personal care items, and extra toys to fill the box. They also liked including a photo to go with the personal note and we can't wait to see what countries our shoeboxes go!
Donate to every Red Kettle you see
Give your favorite foods to your local food pantry
Leave candy canes on windshields
Volunteer to move snow for a neighbor or your church
A great way to help a neighbor out this holiday season, and all winter long, is to help move their snow. Living in the country, we move snow for several neighbors with our snow plow. If you live in town, consider scooping more than just your sidewalk, or getting out earlier than you neighbor to surprise them with a clean driveway. Our church uses volunteers to clean the sidewalks, so our family always signs up for a couple of weeks each winter.
Pick up a tag from an angel or giving tree
Write thank yous for Christmas gifts
This is a great practice for the whole family to get involved with. Create a fun thank you online or simply get out some paper and pencils, and be sure to thank everyone that gifted you this Christmas.
Drop off books you no longer read to a Little Free Library
Bake cookies for your neighbors
Send a Christmas card to a service member
Which act of kindness are you excited to do with your family? Be sure to print off the list and add your own kind deeds. I would love for you to share them below too to give more inspiration to all of us on how we can spread joy this holiday season!