Believe it or not, but Advent is coming right around the corner. As a family, we have tried many different activities to get the kids and us into the season, over the years. Last year we fell in love with an idea I found on the Coffee Cups and Crayons Blog. The idea is to give out one random act of kindness each day leading up till Christmas. The idea is amazing, however the way it was laid out just did not seem to work well for our family. So this year I decided to take the idea and run with it so that it would work for our family. Hopefully this idea will strike a chord with you. I would LOVE to see every family reading this, participating this year. Imagine how much better our world would be.
So how did I change things to make them work for our family? Good question! Megan from the Coffee Cups and Crayons Blog has a December calendar with an idea for each day of the month, leading up to Christmas. For us this just did not work so well. There were days we just could not fit this in and I ended up feeling like we were failing. I still love the idea but wanted it to be a more positive experience for us. So, what I did was create a list of random acts we as a family could do, and set up a clothesline wall hanging to count UP the amount of random acts that we accomplish. This way no matter how many we do accomplish, it will be a positive sight hanging for all to see. Then next year we will have a goal to beat.
This is what it could look like if we get all 24 Christmas Cheers accomplished. To create this wall hanging, I bought some cheap silver ribbon, tied some loops in it, and hung it up on our living room wall using clear Command hooks. I added some red ribbon bow stickers to the top of the hooks to hide them, and dress it up. The number cards which were printed and cut out of cardstock, were hung with mini clothespins. I was able to get all this at Wal-Mart for under $10. I plan on taking them all down and adding them up one at a time. Seeing this picture should motivate us to get a bunch done this year.
I have created a printable kit to help you all get started on this. Included is:
- A list of Christmas Cheers you can work on.
- Cards to attach to the gifts you give, so they will know what you are doing and why.
- The wall hanging number cards.
If you are not into creating a wall hanging, or just don’t have the time, you can hang the list of Christmas Cheer ideas on the fridge and check off each as you accomplish them. Hopefully these options will work for your family, so that you can get into the spirit of the season no matter how much time you have. Let’s spread some Random Christmas Cheer!
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