An It Takes a Village Calendar will help you and your family focus on the positives this holiday season! This is an advent calendar that combines random acts of kindness with a family-focus to help you consciously enjoy the holidays.
The world isn’t putting out much good news lately, is it?
My heart has been feeling especially heavy lately, but I also feel a little helpless.
None of us know what to do. I mean really… what do we do??
We’re sitting in our comfortable homes watching these nightmares play out on the evening news way too often, but what can we do?
I’m not a very good wordsmith. I don’t have the knowledge or personality to try to change laws. I don’t have any medical background to volunteer on the ground helping victims of fires or mass shootings. It’s hard to feel such heart wrenching pain at some of the things happening in our current world, but also feel a bit directionless in what my role is in it.
And I still don’t know or have any answers, but I do know what I’m good at.
I know how to be kind, how to spread kindness and how to encourage kindness. I still very firmly believe that this world is a beautiful place despite the news we’re constantly bombarded with.
Whether we’re showing our kindness in a loud and public way or quietly performing acts of kindness that might only affect one other person, it’s always a good idea to be kind.
While I try to teach my kids year-round that kindness should be forefront when we make life choices, we like to focus on it during December in a bit more of an active way. This is not a typical Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar. While I love those, I see it more as a “tending to your village” type of calendar.
Your village might include friends who are going through a rough time, a stranger behind you in line at the grocery store, the UPS guy who carries all your packages with a smile, or someone in your family. I always try to incorporate family activities in our Advent Calendars as well, because focusing on family and being kind to those we love is something we should consciously focus on.
Whether you’re also looking for a way to spread kindness or you’re just looking for a way to slow down and appreciate the holiday season more, I’d love for you to join us for It Takes a Village December.
I’ve outlined the ways that my immediate family will be participating in It Takes a Village December, but feel free to add your own activities in too! I tried to make the activities practical whether you have little kids at home, teens, are single or whatever your family situation might be. We all could do with a little more kindness in our villages even if we don’t all have children we’re still raising!
I also tried to make the activities manageable. Nothing kills a good idea more than feeling overwhelmed, and I know December brings enough of those feelings as is. While I know anything can look overwhelming when it’s put in a list like this, I promise that each individual activity is manageable! Sometimes it’s as simple as taking some birdseed outside while your dinner is cooking!
Join us this holiday season in helping to spread some kindness! You’ll be amazed at how just one little act a day can change your whole December!
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It Takes a Village Calendar
December 1- Leave a treat for a mailman/delivery driver
December 2 – Living room picnic w/ Christmas movie
December 3 – Write thank you note to someone
December 4 – Make time capsule ornament
December 5 – Leave change taped to vending machine
December 6 – Donate blankets/towels to animal shelter
December 7 – Make treat and deliver to neighbor
December 8 – Family outing for a holiday activity
December 9 – Patronize a small, locally-owned shop
December 10 – Buy flowers for a random person
December 11 – S’mores and hot chocolate
December 12 – Donate food to local shelter
December 13 – Make card for a soldier
December 14 – Bake cookies (take a few to a neighbor)
December 15 – Donate gifts to a family in need
December 16 – Put birdseed out for the birds
December 17 – Make meal for a single mom
December 18 – Write letter and send to a friend
December 19 – Family Christmas movie night
December 20 – Pay for someone else’s order
December 21 – Do a chore for someone
December 22 – Take treat to police or fire hall
December 23 – Compliment someone
December 24 – Be patient and kind with your family
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