Last year a random acts of kindness Christmas calendar showed up in my Facebook news feed. I really liked the idea of doing something kind each day leading up to Christmas. I also thought this was a wonderful way to help instill the spirit of the season in my family.
I didn’t want my kids to think Christmas is all about collecting toys. Even when we do exchange gifts, we try to choose gifts that give back to others in some way.
The random acts of kindness Christmas calendar from Coffee Cups and Crayons we used last year (the link will take you to this year’s version) was a fun one to do as a family. Unfortunately, most of the acts required adult participation. That, of course, was what made it perfect for the whole family. But I wanted to create one that kids could do on their own to emphasize that each of us (no matter how small) can make a difference.
Farther down, you’ll find the calendar I’ve created. If you scroll PAST that calendar, you will also find:
- A blank calendar so you can write in your own “acts” or simply check off each day as children come up with their own
- Ideas for showering your kids with random displays of your affection
- More random acts of kindness ideas
- Other ideas for spreading kindness and joy
- A special offer for subscribers that I’ve created specifically for those of you who love printables
Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar for Kids
For my Christmas calendar, I only included items that school-aged children could do without help. An adult might have to step in to act as delivery driver or provide a stamp, but that’s it.
The reason I recommend the calendar for school-aged children (and not younger) is due to the number of acts that require writing. If you have an early writer, he or she can certainly perform all of the tasks. You can also have your child draw pictures instead of writing notes and letters.
Here are some additional notes about the acts of kindness on the calendar:
- To send letters to our service members, consult this list.
- To donate gently used toys, consider these options.
- To donate gently used clothes, try one of these charities.
- This kindness calendar continues past Christmas to encourage ongoing kindness
To dowload the Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar, simply click on the image below.
Surprise your children with your own random acts of kindness towards them with printable kid coupons or printable lunch notes. Since the notion of random acts of kindness is to do something good for someone else without expecting anything in return, don’t use these as “rewards” per se, but as occasional treats to show children that good begets good.
More Random Acts of Kindness
If you want to create your own calendar with different random acts of kindness, print out the blank calendar below and write in your own acts. For ideas, check out my post “28 Random Acts of Kindness.” I also love these posts from some of my friends:
- Good Deeds Your Kids Will Cherish During the Holidays from House of Fauci’s
- Random Acts of Kindness from Homemade for Elle
- 60 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids from Proverbial Homemaker
- Printable Kindness Cards for Kids to Share with Others from Kori at Home
- 4 Rewarding Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer from Outside the Box Mom
- Random Acts of Kindness for Homeschoolers from Big Family Blessings
- Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Printable Pack from Coffee Cups and Crayons
As an alternative to Elf on the Shelf, check out Kindness Elves. Instead of being mischievous, they sprinkle kindness and joy, encouraging children to do small acts of kindness every day.
I also have a Pinterest board with dozens of pins to random acts of kindness posts from other blogs.
Want to keep the kindness going all year long? Each month I will be publishing a new calendar with acts related to that month’s theme and special days. You can download the January Acts of Kindness Calendar today!
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Here are more ideas for spreading joy to others no matter what time of year it is.
- Charitable Giving Tips from Organized 31
- How to Raise Grateful Kids in an Entitled World from Kori at Home
- Teaching Kids to be Kind from Practical Mommy
- Teaching Kids Christmas Kindness: How to Hold a Winter Coat Drive from What Mommy Does
- 5 Reasons I Give Money to the Homeless from My Stay at Home Adventures
- A Simple Christmas: Why Less is More from I Don’t Have Time for That
You can make a bigger impact with your commercial giving this year too. Check out my guide of Gifts That Give Back for items that not only bring joy to the recipient, but do good for others too!
After Christmas, I like to have my kids fill in this Year in Review. My teenagers love to look back at their surveys from when they were young to reminisce about their childhood favorite things.