Nearly a month ago I read about how Kristina celebrated her 38th birthday by spending the day demonstrating 38 random acts of love to others. She did things like passing out Panera cookies to strangers, writing notes and passing out treats to teachers, mailmen, firemen and paying for a stranger’s groceries. She did this in the name of Jesus who loved us so much that He gave His life for us.
This idea combined with our annual tradition of an event advent calendar is our family’s challenge for this December.
(An event advent calendar is where each day in December we ‘celebrate’ by participating in a special event. It may be something as simple as reading Luke 2 while sipping hot cocoa or watching “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ or it may be bigger like making goodies for some friends and neighbors and spending the evening Christmas caroling and delivering them.)
Since December is the time of year when we traditionally celebrate the most significant gift ever given, this year we are going to strive to reflect that in our choices for the events to include on our advent calendar. Our activities this year will be designed to demonstrate Jesus’ love to friends, neighbors and strangers.
We’ve printed out a calendar of December and have assigned each child a couple of dates (10 children, 24 days until Christmas = each child gets 2 days with a few left over for the older children to split)
Each child will pick and plan (according to their ability) the blessing activity that we will do on their date. Additionally, they are the ones who will communicate why we are doing what we are doing to those who wonder.
We’re aiming for a mix of simple and more involved activities.
Some ideas so far are:
- writing letters and drawing pictures to send to their great-grandmother and some other lovely women who will appreciate them
- passing out handmade ornaments and/or goodies to our neighbors
- making and delivering dinner to some friends who will find it useful
- going to a local grocery and spending the afternoon offering to help carry groceries to the car
- visiting a nursing home
- making and sending packages to our servicemen overseas
- action packs for VOM
Will you join our December challenge?
What ideas do you have for blessing others during this holiday season?