25 Days of Family Christmas Kindness
Teaching our kids to use their manners is important, but to truly instill a sense of gratitude in them is something completely different. Saying “thank you” is the easy part. Gratitude goes far beyond having good manners — it’s a lifestyle as well as a mindset.
With Christmas right around the corner, I needed a change. This family needed a change. My girls were really excited to make out their holiday wish lists and get them sent off to Santa, but every time I asked them what it was they were going to give, they weren’t so quick to come up with an answer. Which honestly, I couldn’t wrap my mind around why they were being so self-centered when it came to the holidays since I am always trying to show them how truly blessed we are and ways we can give back.
This year, I am on a Christmas Kindness mission. This year, we are doing things a little different. A few days ago we sat around the dining room table and I asked them about what kindness meant to them. After writing down their individual answers, I asked them how they felt they could be kind in 25 different ways. They each came up with their own ideas and we continued to discuss why kindness and gratitude are important.
To take Christmas Kindness to another level, I put their ideas into a printable calendar so every day in December (leading up to Christmas) we have to perform an act of kindness. After all, it’s better to give than to receive, right? These random acts of kindness aren’t hard to achieve and will most likely make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Not that’s something I want to give to my kids this holiday season.
If you feel like Christmas Kindness is something you and your family would like to participate in, you can click the picture below to print this calendar. We hung ours on the fridge so it’s a constant reminder of what we need to do.
You could also get a cheap frame from the dollar store and use a dry erase marker to cross off each day as it passes, like an advent calendar.
What other ways can we teach our kids kindness and gratitude during the holidays, and forever?