I know I said I wanted to prolong the Thanksgiving season as long as possible, and I will continue to do so, but I wanted to post this up before Thanksgiving, so those that may be interested in this idea will have a chance to plan ahead of it, like I'm doing today.
Every year we have a Christmas Countdown Tree, filled with toys and candy. This year we're adding RACK assignments for us to perform. What is RACK? I stumbled across the idea on a learning time blog I followed last year (click here), then further looked into it. Turns out it's a popular thing! RACK stands for Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. And may I just add, it looks so much cooler than the Elf on a Shelf tradition! (I'm really not a fan of the Elf thing AT ALL.) So what is it exactly? Every day in December, counting up until Christmas Day, you select a RACK assignment to perform. You can create your own Christmas countdown using just the assignments or, like me, you can add them to you're already existing countdown.
I'm sharing our 24 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness for two reasons, one because I like to share great ideas, and two, if I don't write them on my blog, I will most definitely lose them. There are so many choices of things to do, but when my husband and I worked on this, we wanted to make sure that everyone in the house who walks and talks could help and participate in a big way. We also wanted to make sure that no matter what day it was, we could still carry out the ENTIRE assignment, including the delivery if needed. There are a few RACK assignments that we can only prepare for a specific day of the week, but I'm hoping since we're doing this everyday, I'll be good with the follow through. Since the kids are helping so much, it should work out well.
1. Hold the door for someone.
2. Write and decorate a surprise driveway/lawn message for a friend or neighbor, using chalk if there is no snow, and colored water sprays if there is snow.
3. Clean up someone's front yard, or shovel for them if there is snow.
4. Make treats and thank you notes for local firemen and deliver.
5. Make treats and thank you notes for local policemen and deliver.
6. Write a note or draw a picture for a friend telling them or showing them why they are special and send it.
7. Make treats and card(s) for local librarian(s). Deliver.
8. Make a meal for a family in need. Deliver it.
9. Sort through and donate gently used, unwanted toys to a local charity organization or a family in need.
10. Call a cousin, aunt, uncle, or grandparent to say hello and tell them that you love them.
11. Make treats and card for mail person and leave it for them to pick up when they deliver mail.
12. Go on a scavenger hunt in your home for loose change. Take it and deliver it to a Salvation Army bell ringer.
13. Mail a letter to a soldier or veteran.
14. Smile at and give a compliment to someone you don't know.
15. Let someone go before you in line at the store or other place.
16. Pray for someone specific you know in need, during every prayer of the day.
17. Donate gently used, unwanted books to a local doctor's office.
18. Pick up someone else's toys for him/her and put them away.
19. Arrange a play date/babysitting opportunity for someone, so another set of parents can spend some time by themselves.
20. Donate gently used, unwanted clothes to a local charity organization or someone in need.
21. Make and/or write a Thank You card for someone who has helped you. Send it.
22. Donate gently used, unwanted shoes to a local charity organization or someone in need.
23. Make treats and thank you notes for local pharmacy workers and deliver.
24. Make a BIG (clearly visible) thank you note for your local garbage collectors for the next time they come. If you can catch them when they come, hand deliver treats to them.
I'm hoping this will all go well and become a tradition in years to come, with RACK countdown ideas changing, as our kiddos grow older. This should be a lot of fun!