The holiday season brings a variety of thoughts and emotions for all ages. Adults often feel stressed, frustrated, and exhausted. Kids start to get so excited that they are bouncing off the walls and forgetting anything but the holidays. It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of Christmas excitement!
How do you maintain the true reason for the season in your family? What do you do for effective holiday stress relief so you stay sane and help all family members remember to think about others and beyond the holidays?
Consider starting a new tradition this holiday season. Encourage your family to do random acts of kindness at Christmas. Cultivate positive thinking about how to think of others and their needs.
What are Random Acts of Kindness at Christmas?
Random acts of kindness are ways that individuals take time to show kindness and care to others. These random acts can be as simple or complicated as you want. They can be free or involve a good amount of money. The main idea behind random acts of kindness is to actively decide to do something to make another person happy.
Random Acts of Kindness at Christmas are even more special. Although the holidays are often associated with good times and family, Christmas time can be rough for many people, inside and outside of your home.
Within your family, adults may be feeling the pressure of lengthy to-do lists. Kids may be extremely excited or worried about holiday events. Everyone might be trying to put on a smile as they wait for Christmas.
Outside of your home, shut-ins may be lonely and missing special family moments. Alternatively, many adults are hustling and bustling about to tackle chores and errands. Nerves are frayed. Exhaustion runs deep.
The holiday season is a great time to teach and encourage empathy. Help your family members look outside themselves and perform random acts of kindness at Christmas.
Easy Ways to Do Christmas Random Acts of Kindness
Here are a few ideas to get you started on your random acts of kindness at Christmas:
- Make homemade decorations and fill your home with holiday beauty
- Create a homemade card for family and loved ones
- Sing a holiday song or two
- Prepare a healthy snack and drink for someone who is working hard
- Fill water bottles or glasses and help someone stay hydrated
- Decorate a napkin with a happy holiday theme to brighten someone’s meal
- Tell a holiday joke
- Collect money and donate to a worthy cause
- Do another’s chore without being asked
- Tell your own holiday story
- Gather gently used toys and donate
- Donate gently used coats, hats, and mittens to a homeless shelter
- Help your flying friends by making a DIY bird feeder
- Decorate an outdoor tree, like in the book Night Tree, for your animal friends
- Visit a retirement community. Sing carols. Bring cards for the residents.
- Collect and donate cans to a food bank
- Smile at everyone you see (spread holiday cheer!)
- Keep your work area organized and tidy
- Complete (homeschool) work with a smile and good attitude
- Offer to help a sibling or parent
I encourage you to sit down with your family to brainstorm your own ways to be generous and kind this holiday season. You can ask yourself these questions when you think about what random acts of kindness to do:
- Who could benefit from my kindness the most right now?
- What can I do to be kind and helpful?
- When is a good time to do my random act of kindness?
- Why do I want to do this random act of kindness? How will it help?
- Where can I do this random act of kindness?
What random acts of kindness at Christmas would you add to this list?
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