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Make a Kindness Calendar – a festive countdown + printable list

Since there’s something special waiting for us in a calendar’s pockets, waking up on December mornings are a little easier. The excitement is real but we can’t forget the philanthropy of the season and the message of giving and sharing kindness that is the backbone of all the Christmas TV specials, as well as something I try to impart to my daughter before the lights and gifts get too distracting.

A twist on the traditional chocolate-filled advent calendar is a Kindness Calendar where in addition to the exciting pre-breakfast chocolates, is a note to share something, spread love, or donate to someone who needs a little help.

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31 Kindness Calendar Ideas:

  1. Make banana bread and deliver it to grandparents
  2. Call someone and tell them you love them
  3. Pick 3 toys for the charity toy drive
  4. Brush your teeth as soon as Mum and Dad ask
  5. Draw a Christmas picture for someone else
  6. Say Thank You to your teacher
  7. Leave a (wrapped) cookie for the Mail Carrier
  8. Help sweep snow or leaves from a neighbour’s path
  9. Make your bed
  10. Give 3 people compliments today
  11. Send a postcard to someone
  12. Be a friend to yourself – say ‘I love me’ in the mirror
  13. Ask what kind of coffee your teacher drinks – and bring one tomorrow
  14. Say ‘Good Morning’ to everyone you see this morning
  15. Put a dollar in the vending machine and leave it for the next person
  16. Make a Christmas card for a neighbour
  17. Give your pet a treat
  18. Leave a bag of cookies for a neighbour
  19. Ask a parent to pay for the coffee for the next person in the queue
  20. Feed the birds
  21. Bring your dishes into the kitchen when you’re done
  22. Give your advent chocolate away to a parent
  23. Donate some books to your school or local reading library
  24. Only use positive words today
  25. Put your toys away before dinner
  26. Say 3 things you love about yourself
  27. Pick a book to read with someone special
  28. Make up a story and tell it to someone
  29. Call your grandparents just to chat
  30. Donate some clothes that don’t fit you to a charity
  31. Give someone you love a hug.

Any more ideas for good deeds? Add them below and have a wonderful season of twinkling lights and sharing a little kindness.

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4 Comments

  1. Heather

    October 19, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    This is great! I recently made a goal to do something nice for someone at least once every week. I’m gonna go over your list for ideas! šŸ˜‰

  2. Reg

    October 19, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    I love number 26! Thatā€™s a good one to do all year round.

  3. Janette

    October 20, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    awww this is such a great idea! I also love the record your parents laughing suggestion in the book. You have no idea how helpful that laughter can be later in life when you just need them one more time!

  4. Apocalypse Daddy

    October 24, 2020 at 6:33 am

    This is great way to build up to Christmas which imparts a habit of generousity and kindness. Last year I noticed my daughter was already revelling in the “me me me” of Christmas and she is only four. This could be the remedy.

    For Halloween this year we are making the traditional jack-o-lanterns but will be giving them away to our, mostly elderly, neighbours. Most of the fun for the kids is in the making, so we can double up and give others some, much needed, fun this Halloween.

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