Oh, it’s that time of year again! My annual Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness.
Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) are so fun to be in receipt of. We feel light, lucky and happy to be on the receiving end when someone randomly gives to us. But, let me tell you, the rush from giving is just as good. If not better.
When it comes to my annual 12 days of Christmas Kindness, I usually post one RAK a day, over the 12 days for readers to follow or enjoy. But, it was brought to my attention from one of my readers last year, that they wish they could see the list all at once.
This individual made the point that sometimes the RAK I did that day was either out of their budget or too late in the day to plan for (volunteering was the example: yes, that takes some planning ahead of time if you know you are going to do it).
So for this year, I decided to just make the list and share it all at once. These are the RAKs that I will be doing this holiday season.
Interested in playing along? Awesome. (If not, that’s okay too.)
Try what you like, leave what you don’t. You can also click here for some ideas of things I’ve chosen to do in past years.
Good luck and have fun!
2015 Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness:
- Leave Christmas cards on the cars in the mall parking lot, wishing the shoppers a safe and happy holiday season.
- Buy the coffee for the person behind you. Easy peasy.
- Volunteer to wrap presents for the YMCA (or even for family members who might be busy this season and could use the free time.)
- Head to your local animal shelter and spend some time walking the pups or playing with the kittens. With any luck, you might turn this into a weekly visit and routine! 😉
- Is it snowing where you are? Shovel the snow for the neighbors. If you are one of the lucky ones who don’t have to deal with snow, you can still make your neighbors day by wheeling their garbage bin back up to the house on garbage day, or maybe raking their leaves.
- If you’re in line at the grocery store, with a lot groceries in your cart, and the person behind you has only a few, let them go ahead of you.
- Buy some $1 scratch and win lotto tickets, and take them to a store that you know is crazy busy during the holidays (maybe a toy store or a liquor store), and leave them for the sales staff who are working their butts off to meet everyones shopping needs.
- Bake some cookies and take them to the local fire hall to give to all the brave men and women. What’s that you say? You don’t consider yourself much of a cook? I bet a pack of tim bits or donuts would be appreciated, too.
- As per every other year of doing the 12 Days of Kindness: DONATE blood. This is always needed.
- Volunteer at the local soup kitchen. There are always plenty of meals to be made, and this time of year, the staff could use the extra hands. Whether you wash dishes or clean up plates, your efforts for a couple hours will be much appreciated. This is really fun to do with your friends (speaking from experience), so round up a few of the besties!
- Leave a small toy for the toy drive. Some families can’t afford many gifts for their children; it sucks for kids to go with out, and then see all their friends receive so many fun toys. Leave a small gift and help make a young kids Christmas memorable and special.
- If you’ve got the extra money this month, purchase a $20 or $50 gift card to the grocery store. Walk around the store when you are there, and see if you spot any mothers with young kids in tow. If so, offer the gift card to them. Groceries are expensive, but imagine having four or five other mouths to feed? If there were no young mothers shopping, elderly people would also be a great choice, too. Go ahead and restore their faith in your generation.
Sending hugs, love and butt slaps…