We can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that we often forget to think of others. Even the smallest thoughtful gesture can make someone else’s day. Plus it can also make you feel good! So why not brighten the world around you and participate in a few random acts of kindness today?
While it may look like we’re crazy-busy to those who know us or read this blog, what we really are is crazy-blessed:
- We are healthy, happy, clothed, fed, and loved.
- We have more than we need, and enjoy each other’s company.
- We are preparing for the celebration of our Savior’s birth & looking forward to a season of rest.
- We are learning to appreciate what we have, and share our blessings with those who are not as fortunate.
- We are also learning to be more purposeful in cultivating a servant’s heart – all of us: me, Barry,Jennifer, Noah,Abigail and Jessica.
- We are called to serve.
This holiday season wouldn’t it be wonderful to serve those around you by performing their random acts of kindness and no one knew they did it? And yes, just thinking about it makes me get the warm fuzzies! I hope you did too.
Christmas is less than a week away and I know that many of you are stressing out about getting the perfect gift, cooking an amazing meal and wearing the right thing but, that’s not what this season is about! The past few days I have been gently reminded that this is a season of “Hope, love and Joy” . I don’t see any reference to overspending, selfishness and stress do you?
Here are just a couple of ideas to get you started:
25 random acts of kindness
- Invite someone over for the holidays.
- Give colouring books and crayons to the kids section of the hospital waiting room.
- If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.
- Offer a homeless person lunch and dine with them.
- Volunteer to read to kids at an after-school program.
- Leave some extra quarters in the laundry room.
- When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need.
- Collect coats to donate (you can even leave them done up on lamp posts).
- Send some Christmas cards to soldiers.
- Run out on trash day with warm cocoa and a gift for our trash collector.
- Tape a treat and a card to our mailbox for our mailman.
- Host a few “playdates” so parents of our kids’ friends can go Christmas shopping in peace.
- Visit the kids’ pediatrician and bring cookies for the whole staff.
- Be a Snow Angel and shovel your neighbours sidewalk.
- Leave hats and mittens on Park benches for the homeless.
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru.
- Bring coffee and doughnuts to the firehall.
- Bring board game and visit the seniors Lodge.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
- Donate toys and clothes to a shelter.
- Donate food and toys to the animal shelters for the dogs and cats, and pet a few.
- pack a gently used purse with hand lotion, lip gloss, hair brush, tooth brush, clean underwear and sanitary products for a homeless women.
- Fulfill an Angel tree request.
- Candy can bomb a parking lot.
- Let someone else go ahead of you in line.
What will your first random acts of kindness be this holiday season?