Advent calendars are a Christmas tradition I did each year when I was little. My mom always got us the Advent calendars with little chocolates in them. I looked forward to opening the little box every night after dinner. It’s a tradition I’ve been looking forward to continuing as a mom.
Last year was the first year I did an Advent calendar with AG. She was three years old and started to really get into Christmas. Each day, we did something fun and festive. From making gingerbread houses to going to look at lights to visiting the big man himself.
This year, I wasn’t on top of my creative and fun Advent game. With being back to work and a lot of changes happening at home, I decided the Advent would be too hard for me to keep up with. Thankfully, one of my best friends brought each little a chocolate advent calendar this past weekend. Now, AG gets to open a door a day and enjoy her chocolate. On top of that, I’ve been pretty good about moving Cocoa and Puff (their elves) each evening and AG also gets to unwrap a book before bed each night. Three things she looks forward to each day. And L hasn’t touched either Elf yet, which is a BIG win!
Even though we’re not going all out for Advent at home, I did decide to challenge my fifth graders to a Holiday Acts of Kindness Challenge. For those who accepted, they’re challenged to do an act of kindness each day for the month of December. At the end of the month, they’ll turn in their calendars with their acts on there and we’ll see what a difference they’ve all made in the community.
While working on their project guidelines, I decided to come up with printable acts of kindness cards. My goal is to use them with AG next year, alternating fun holiday activities with acts of kindness throughout the month of December.
You can even use this blank page as gift tags as well!
I know I’m a few days late in getting this posted, but there is still plenty of time to encourage your kids to make a difference this holiday season by spreading kindness.2