Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Day 5: Christmas Lights
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Yay, it’s Day 5 of our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Challenge!
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Today’s challenge is to award someone for having awesome Christmas decorations! This one is a little unusual, as this isn’t something you typically think of as a random act of kindness.
But…When I was thinking of ideas for challenges, I wanted to come up with ideas that would be super-fun for kids to get excited about. One of my favorite things to do every year with my kids is to drive around and look at Christmas lights.
Have you ever put up Christmas decorations outside? It’s hard work! I thought, “Why not let someone know we appreciate all that hard work and really enjoy looking at their lights?!”
(Note: Please, please be careful when doing this one. Scroll down for tips on how to be safe. Do this challenge at your own risk.)
Items needed for today’s “Christmas Lights” Random Act of Christmas Kindness
Printer (Ideally print the cards in color if you can.)
A behind-the-scenes look at our day
Okay, confession. I’m SUPER bummed about this, but we haven’t been able to do this one yet! For the last TWO days, we’ve had RAIN!
We chose to do a different act of kindness instead, but we cannot WAIT until the rain stops and we can do this one!
Here’s what I plan for us to do.
I have printed out about 10 Kindness Cards to give out. I’m going to give each big kid 5 cards and let them pick their five favorite houses. (If you only want to give out one or two cards, you can always take a vote for the top house!)
I’ll pile the kids in the car and give them some hot chocolate and a snack. We’ll head out to a neighborhood I’m familiar with. It is well-lit, safe, and has very little traffic. We’ll have a safe place to pull over so I can hop out and quickly place the kindness card on the side of the home owner’s mailbox.
Pro Tips (And Safety Tips!) for Making the Most of Today’s Challenge
Don’t wait until it’s super dark to go out. Most people turn on their lights before it’s totally dark.
Pick a well-lit, safe neighborhood.
If you go out walking in your neighborhood, please be careful and wear light-colored clothing/bring a flashlight.
There are lots of neighborhoods who go all out! Everyone decorates their houses and the community is open for everyone to walk around. This may be a good option if your area has one. Sometimes the homeowner is in their yard greeting people and handing out hot cocoa or candy canes. You could hand them the card in person!
Don’t place the kindness cards inside someone’s mailbox. (Isn’t that a federal offense or something??) Instead, stick it on the side by the flag. For safety reasons, I’m gonna keep my kids in the car and I’ll be the one to jump out and do this.
If you drive, make sure your driver is focused on the driving and not the pretty lights! 😉
Bring along snacks for your kids. I guarantee as soon as you get down the road, someone will say, “I’m hungry and thirsty!” (Or is that just my kids? Haha!)
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