DIY Advent Calendar | Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

November 29

This past weekend, my husband and I spent one morning crafting our very own DIY Advent Calendar. And while you may be envisioning scrumptious chocolates galore, our calendar is instead stuffed with heart, courage and random acts of Christmas Kindness.

This year both Dave and I have felt different. Where we once longed to spend every spare minute visiting holiday attractions, shopping for the perfect gifts and devouring classic Christmas cinema, we now feel impartial. In place of that excitement is a quiet stillness, a joy that resonates in sharing the heart of Christmas with others. We feel overwhelmingly compelled to give back and stretch our boundaries and comfort levels in sharing Jesus’ love with others.  2012 was a year of abundant blessings; we have nothing but thanks to our Lord.

I happened to fall upon this post and instantly, my insides stirred: a count-down to Jesus’ birthday that would forced us to focus each day on others, putting their needs above our own; some actions requiring more courage than I’ve known, like donating blood and visiting strangers spending Christmas in the hospital.

I pray that others would come to experience God’s limitless love and grace through our endeavours, but more importantly, that He would draw Dave and I even closer, in humble gratitude and service for what Jesus did for us through his birth, death and resurrection.

I invite you to join us, friends. Here’s how….

 

Create an advent calendar to hang in your home with the following random acts listed for each day:

  •  1st      Pick a scripture to memorize with your family for the month of Decemeber
  •  2nd   Adapt a street for a day and clean up trash
  •  3rd    Pick a friend and pray for them all day long
  •  4th    Buy a hot cocoa or latte for Salvation Army bell ringers
  •  5th    Purchase toys for kids in need
  •  6th    Tape candy canes to ATMS and vending machines
  •  7th    Send of box of mittens and hats to a school
  •  8th    Plug parking meters that are almost out
  •  9th    Bring a peppermint mocha to a co- worker who may feel “invisible”
  •  10th  Donate Blood
  •  11th   Host a movie night with friends to watch The Nativity Story
  •  12th   Collect canned goods for a local food pantry
  •  13th   Set up a free gift wrap station or hot cocoa stand
  •  14th   Pay for santa pictures for someone at mall
  •  15th   Call a local shelter and ask what they need and provide.
  •  16th   Pass out candy to folks mailing off Christmas cards at the post office
  •  17th  Take back shopping carts +  hold open doors for shoppers
  •  18th   Leave Christmas treats in shopping carts for folks to find
  •  19th   Call a nursing home and plan a visit
  •  20th   Donate your time to a shelter or cold weather program
  •  21th-   Leave a food hamper on doorstep of a family that needs it * Call a local church to ask for a name
  •  22nd- Buy coffee for strangers at Starbucks
  • 23rd-   Leave present in mailbox for mail carrier
  • 24th-    Take all night drug store/ grocery store employee a Christmas surprise
  • 25th-   Visit strangers who are recovering at local hospital or old age home

 

2013 FAMILY friendly additions

Some other great ideas you could do as a family, in replace of some of the above, courtesy of Sara Mae

  • Host a birthday party for Jesus for the neighbourhood kids 
  • Find a local Christmas show and invite someone who you don’t know well or may be lonely this time of year to go with you
  • Write a letter to your children, sharing your heart for Jesus
  • Send a note of encouragement and a gift to a missionary
  • Surprise a single mom with an offer to babysit
  • Research ways you and your family can actively serve/volunteer together all year long
  • Act out the Christmas story with your kids
  • Look through hand of hope or hope international gift catalog, and pick a birthday gift for Jesus

 

Print out “You’ve been Rack’d” Cards

 

Along with your random act, gift receivers this card  explaining why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you’re leaving the token act for recipients to stumble upon, rather than gifting it in person, tape the card to the token gift.

 

Start Celebrating

Come December 1st, open or turn over your first days activity and start celebrating the true heart of the season.

Be sure to send me photos of your advent calendars; I might just share them with the KME family! May you be blessed in this friends, and may God’s grace and love fill your hearts this season. Xo

 

 

About Kailey-Michelle

Grace clinger. Marriage lover. Moment savourer. Passionate Creator. Seeking to inspire this generation as a Professional Wedding Planner, Speaker, Writer and Business Coach, to focus on what matters most in life and leave a legacy of love and service.
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5 Responses

  1. thankful you were inspired and you’re sharing the true meaning of Christmas! be blessed!

  2. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing the truth of Christmas.

    May God continue to bless you and your husband in the coming year.

    Monica

  3. Brooke says:

    Oh Kailey you’re just so lovely!! This is beautiful.

  4. Oh these are such sweet ideas! And you even have the idea I’ve been planning to do this year.. a gift for our newspaper deliverers. I used to do deliver with my brother and oh how we loved surprises like that!