Four years ago we started a tradition with our kids were we do a daily act of kindness during the month of December to count down the days to Christmas. It quickly became a hit! The kids love doing the acts of kindness each day and always look forward to what the next days act will be. When November rolls around they usually start asking me when they can start doing the “gifts for other people” countdown.
We decided to call them RACKS (random acts of Christmas kindness).
It’s hard to believe it is already our fourth year of doing this and even though we redo a lot of our favorite RACKS each year I also try to add in a few new ideas each year as well.
As I was looking through our pictures trying to decide which ones to share with you, I quickly realized it was hard to just pick a few! We have so much fun doing these each year and hope that it’s helping teach our kids selflessness, the importance of giving to others, and showing the love of Christ.
So here’s how our tradition goes:
On the last day in November we always decorate the envelopes that we put up for our “Kindness Wall”. Each envelope has a card inside with a RACK listed on it. So, each day one of the kids gets to pull the card out for that day and tell us what our kindness act will be.
I also created a RACK tag that gives a little description on it along with some scripture that we
like to add with all of our little gifts.
Color pictures for our Granny in the Nursing Home
I have a grandmother in the nursing home that we don’t get to see that often so we always like to send her pretty colored pictures and a note each Christmas.
Bake cookies for our Neighbors
We have great neighbors that live on both sides of us so we always like to take them treats at Christmas time.
Hand out Christmas Cards at the nursing Home
The kids always enjoy telling the residents Merry Christmas as they hand them their card
Clean the nursery toys after church
Usually the nursery workers stay after church to clean all the toys so we like to give
them the night off and clean the toys for them.
Send Christmas cards to Soldiers
I found this great organization called Military Missions Inc. that will send your cards to Soldiers for you.
This is one that we do every year!
Leave popcorn on a Redbox machine
For someone to have”Popcorn and a Movie”
This was a new one we added this year. It was especially neat because as we were leaving the kids were able to watch as a couple came up to the redbox machine to get a movie, read our note, and took the popcorn!
Donate canned goods to the Church food pantry
Our church keeps a food pantry and will donate food boxes to families in need
Leave change on a Coke machine
Leave a gift for our Mail Carrier
This is another one we do each year. Our mail carrier has always been very appreciative and leaves us a thank you card each year!
Buy a hot chocolate for the Salvation Army Bell Ringer
This was a new one for us this year and it worked out great that we knew the young lady ringing the bell that night!
Put candy canes on random cars
This was another new one for this year that we hope made a few people smile!
The little note on each candy cane reads:
You’ve been RACKED
Hoping this little treat brings you cheer! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Bake cookies for our other neighbors
Leave quarters in the candy machines at the Mall
The kids especially love this one because we always give them a quarter to use to get candy for themselves too!
Take soup to the homeless shelter
We do this one every year as well.
Leave a gift for our Server at a restaurant
We have a favorite Mexican Restaurant that we have become “regulars” at so we have a couple of servers that know us well enough to order for us! They love our kids and are always so nice to us so we love being able to leave a little extra special treat behind for them after we’ve eaten!
Donate toys to the Goodwill
Bake cookies for the Fire Department
Donate books to the library
Leave a surprise in a book at the bookstore
This was another new one for us this year. The kids picked out which book they wanted to put the “surprise” in and we left a little note with it too.
Make Christmas gifts for our Teachers
We always like to make yummy treats to give to our teachers for Christmas.
Color a Smile
I found this fun website where you can print off some of their coloring pages, color them, mail them back in to them and they will hand them out to people who need a “Smile”; like soldiers, veterans, hospital patients, and nursing home residents.
Take coloring books and crayons to the pediatric floor of the hospital
Donate to the Salvation Army
Take a meal to a family in need
2014 was another great year for us and we always enjoy doing these very small things in hopes of being a blessing to someone else. It’s been a great tradition for our family and I pray our kids will remember it for years to come.
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40