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Do you have big goals for Christmas this year? Each year I plan out the perfect Christmas season in my mind. We’ll do fun activities together, bond as a family, and focus on keeping Christ in Christmas.
But then reality sets in.
I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but last year my kids became so obsessed with making their wish lists, that they had trouble remembering the true meaning of Christmas.
I resolved that this year would be different.
I decided to plan ahead. We tried doing random acts of Christmas kindness during advent before, but I just wasn’t organized! It took time to think up ideas, create notes for the kids, etc.
So I started creating simple, printable images that the kids could color. I made a step-by-step plan that would be easy to follow. I came up with just seven ideas that would be do-able and not take up too much time.
Easy. Do-able. And fun!
And then it hit me.
What if bloggers, influencers, moms, dads, grandparents, teachers…what if we could get as many people possible to join forces and do this together?
Every person, blessing their own community. Showing Jesus’ love in a real, practical way. Sharing hope. Giving people the chance to pay it forward. Together, collectively pausing the hustle and bustle in order to give back.
This year has been a tough one for our country. Natural disasters and man-made ones. Loss and tragedy all around. We never know what kind of battle someone is fighting. Who knows? You may save someone’s life just by offering one simple act of kindness.
Are you in?
This 7-day challenge will help you:
Build lasting memories that will draw you closer together as a family.
Spread God’s love in a meaningful, powerful way.
Help your kids be less self-focused and more others-focused.
Make a lasting impact on your community.
Experience what “it is better to give than to receive” means.
And maybe even change someone’s life.
Here’s how it works:
When you sign up, I’ll send you a printable PDF document. Each day has a Random Act of Christmas Kindness idea with step-by-step instructions.
You’ll get a list of materials you’ll need so that you don’t have to stress about making to-do lists. You can easily get everything organized ahead of time.
Each day will also have a printable Random Act of Kindness Card to go along with the theme of the day. (Like these!)
Simply print out the cards, have your kids color them (if they want), and do the act of kindness.
I’ll also have generic cards for you, not specific to any particular act of kindness. This way you use your own ideas for spreading kindness!
On each card, there’s a hashtag and a link where your kindness recipients can go to learn more.
Why they were randomly chosen. (Hint: Because they are loved, and God has a plan for their life.)
How they can pay it forward to keep the cycle going.
How does that sound? Easy peasy, right?!
Christmas doesn’t have to be crazy! Let’s be intentional about how we spend our time this season, focusing on the things that truly matter.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I’m so excited! When does this challenge start?
A: You can start anytime! Personally, our family is going to start December first. But you may be reading this article in the middle of December (or even later!) That’s okay! Start whenever you can. Be sure to take lots of photos and use the hashtag #RACK2017Challenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so that you can follow along with everyone else and help spread the word.
Q: Do I have to do the Random Acts of Kindness in a certain order?
A: Nope! Everyone will be starting the challenge on different days, so don’t worry about that. Skip around if you’d like!
Q: I really want to do this, but we are so busy! Do we have to do 7 days in a row?
A: Nope! Feel free to take a day off if you need to. Or, just do the challenge every other day. Whatever works for your family!
Q: Is the content of the packet religious?
A: Yes. I’m a firm believer in the fact that Jesus is the reason why we have a Christmas day. Not every card has a religious message, but some cards do have a Bible verse or a religious picture.
Q: Do I have to use the cards in the packet?
A: No, you are definitely free to create your own if you’d like!
Q: How much does this cost?
A: The packet I’ll email you is completely free.
Q: I love this idea, but I just don’t have the time to do it this year. Is there another way I can help?
A: Yes! The only way this idea will gain traction is if everyone helps me spread the word. Use the social sharing buttons on the left (or bottom if you’re a mobile user) to share this post to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or wherever you use social media.
UPDATE: I’d like to thank everyone who signed up and completed this challenge with my family. If you’re reading this post after Christmas, don’t worry! The RACK pack is no longer available, but you can still sign up to do this challenge with us next year! When you sign up, I’ll send you two generic kindness cards not specific to the Christmas season. This way you can spread kindness all year long! Then, in November of 2018, I’ll email you the updated version of the Christmas Kindness packet.